Both were memorable in their own way. Liz for portraying the inimitable Vera Duckworth in Coronation Street for over 30 years and Tony for playing foil to Warren Mitchell and Dandy Nichols in "Til death us do part" as Alf Garnett's son in law.
Both were also sadly tragic for different reasons. Liz fell victim to emphysema and Tony had a battle with the bottle which was well documented at the time he married Pat Phoenix the week before she died in 1986.
Often behind the scenes these actors play lies real pathos in later years. Poor Liz battled bravely against illness and played another part as consort to the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Bernard Atha, after leaving The Street, while Tony was very supportive of his daughter Cherie although often parodied the Scouse git in his ability to irritate Tony Blair when and after he was Prime Minister.
He suffered horrific burns in a fire around the time he married Pat Phoenix, Elsie Tanner of The Street, and for the past ten years had suffered from Alzheimers, living for a time in Todmorden although he died in London.
His character of Mike in Til Death would never be allowed on TV in today's PC world but it was the genius of Johnny Speight's writing which gave him memorable scenes with the late Warren Mitchell and launched a 50 year career in the business.
Both were stars in an age of television which has either disappeared or evolved into the lightweight mediocrity which we are fed today. We will not see their like again....sadly.