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Andrew Lancel: 'Coronation Street had a dip but is improving'

Ex-Coronation Street star Andrew Lancel has claimed that his former show suffered a dip after he left.

However, the actor - who played the evil Frank Foster until March - believes that the ITV soap has since improved.

Andrew Lancel as Frank Foster


A general view of the Rovers Return Inn on the set of Coronation Street

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Revealing that he watches Corrie "religiously", he told The Sun: "I think it had a dip but it feels in very good shape right now."

Meanwhile, the 42-year-old praised writers for the recent return of Ken Barlow's ex Wendy Crozier.

"I really enjoyed the Wendy Crozier storyline. It wasn't obviously done," he gushed.

"There was a three-handed episode the other day between Wendy, Rita and Deirdre which I thought was just classic Corrie."

Wendy gets a shock when Deirdre arrives on her doorstep, warning her to back off


Deirdre finally realised Wendy's deceit last week when she and Rita visited Ken's former mistress at her home.

Of the soap's departing producer, Lancel added: "I was very pleased to be there during Phil Collinson's reign."

The star, who is starring in a Beatles play in Liverpool as manager Brian Epstein, revealed that "a few of the cast" will attend the first show tonight (November 15).

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