07/05/2014 05:58 BST | Updated 07/05/2014 05:59 BST

'Coronation Street': Hilda Ogden Actress Jean Alexander Admits She Doesn't Watch The Soap As There Is 'Too Much Sex'

'Coronation Street' legend Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden in the ITV soap, has admitted she no longer watches the show because it features too much sex.

The 88-year-old actress played the much-loved, curler-wearing cleaner for 23 years before quitting in 1987 says 'Corrie' has also lost much of its humour.

Jean Alexander played Hilda Ogden for 23 years

“The only stories they seem to have in mind is who’s jumping into whose bed next. I lost interest somehow,” she told The Mirror.

“Things have to move on, I know, but in the days of Hilda Ogden, Annie Walker and co, the Street was gentle, funny and human. The humour has all but gone out of it.”

And Jean has ruled out making a return to the cobbles, saying Hilda’s character would have to change too much.

“It is more than 25 years since she left the Street and I have been asked a number of times to do an episode but Hilda wouldn’t be the ‘old scrubber’ she was.

“But people would want her to be the old Hilda. I couldn’t do that.”

“I loved playing Hilda. I never envisaged how iconic she would become, but to be able to make her someone so many people recognised was an honour.”

Jean as Hilda Ogden with her on-screen husband Stan played by Bernard Youens

Earlier this week it emerged that former 'Coronation Street' star Julie Hesmondhalgh is set to return to our screens in the new Russell T Davies drama, 'Cucumber'.

The Channel 4 series, which was announced last year, is the actress's first role since leaving the ITV soap, in which she played Hayley Cropper.

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