Our popular nostalgia quiz this week focuses on two famous Manchester Pats – actresses Pat Kirkwood and Pat Phoenix.

All-round entertainer Kirkwood, born in Salford, was the first woman on British TV to have her own series – The Pat Kirkwood Show – in 1954.

Fallowfield actress Phoenix was most famous for playing the irrepressible Elsie Tanner on Coronation Street from the first episode in 1960 until 1984.

How well do you remember the two Pats? Why not test your knowledge and compare your score with friends?

 

Which famous politician described Coronation Street character Elsie Tanner as ‘the sexiest thing’ on television?

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Which classic Cole Porter song catapulted Pat Kirkwood to stardom at the age of 18 in 1940?

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Pat Phoenix got her big break playing Sandy Powell’s wife in which 1948 Mancunian Film Studio movie?

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With which Hollywood star was Kirkwood favourably compared in the 1940s? It led to her gaining a seven-year £250,000 contract with MGM.

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Phoenix was married to second husband Alan Browning from 1972 until he died from liver failure in 1979. She was also married to him on Coronation Street. What character did he play?

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Kirkwood starred alongside Arthur Askey in the movie Band Waggon based on the popular BBC radio show. In what year?

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On Coronation Street, Elsie was renowned for her spats with moralising mission hall caretaker Ena Sharples (Violet Carson) and the imperious landlady of the Rovers Return, Annie Walker. Which actress played Annie?

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Kirkwood made only one film for MGM alongside Hollywood heart-throb Van Johnson in 1946. What was the film called?

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Which Manchester band admired Phoenix and the character she played so much that they featured her on the cover of one of their singles?

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Tony Booth, third husband of Pat Phoenix, played pub landlord Ted Pilkington from 1985 to 1986 in which short-lived soap?

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