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Roache promises "exciting" Corrie plans

By and Alex Fletcher
Coronation Street veteran Bill Roache has promised that there are "exciting" times ahead for the soap as its 50th anniversary draws closer.

The ITV1 drama celebrates its milestone in December, and producers have already confirmed plans for a tram crash stunt and live episode to mark the occasion.

Speaking to DS at the TV Choice Awards last night, Roache - who plays Weatherfield's Ken Barlow - commented: "[We're] always nervous with a live episode. They strike terror into the hearts of actors! But we'll do it. And it's going to be a very exciting end of the year - we know the stories are brilliant. There's a great feeling of energy and vitality around, so we look forward to it."

Asked about the soap's new producer Phil Collinson, Roache added: "[He's] absolutely brilliant. Look at his pedigree. And the great thing about Phil is, as a child, he grew up loving Coronation Street - and that is so good. To have a man of his qualifications who actually loves the show is brilliant."

Click 'play' on the console below to watch the full interview with Roache and his son James, who is currently appearing as Ken's grandson on the programme.


Additional reporting by Chris Allen. Get the Inside Soap magazine on your iPhone or iPad

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