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James Roache 'studied old Corrie clips'

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James Roache has revealed that he studied old episodes of Coronation Street to prepare for playing his father Bill.

Roache will play the Corrie veteran in BBC Four's The Road to Coronation Street. He is also currently appearing in the ITV soap as Ken Barlow's grandson, alongside his half-brother Linus.

"I watched old clips of daddy," he told The Sun. "It will be very strange watching it with him."

He added: "He was very dashing. It's the Roache genes."

The 24-year-old praised the one-off drama's cast, which includes Jessie Wallace, Lynda Baron and Celia Imrie.

"The cast is amazing," he said. "It was such a privilege."

The Road to Coronation Street airs tonight at 9pm on BBC Four.

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