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Bonus Scoop: Corrie's Peter Barlow

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In what was quite a relatively low-key comeback, Peter Barlow - played by Chris Gascoyne - returned to Coronation Street on October 29 with his son from the Rice Krispies advert, Simon (Alex Bain).

Since walking back into Weatherfield, he's made quite an impression on Leanne (Jane Danson), but she's seemingly not prepared to commit to a bloke who has a distinct drinking problem. His binging takes him well into the New Year, with Leanne continuing to worry about Simon's welfare. It's not too far into 2009 that Peter realises he has to sort himself out and so decides to return to Portsmouth to clear his head. But will he return a reformed man? Only time will tell.

Here's something that's worth a mention, though - there's an absolutely fantastic scene between Peter and Ken (William Roache) on the Barlows' doorstep following Peter's drunken ruckus at Simon's nativity. There's a showdown between father and son, during which Peter tells Ken some home truths about parenting. Superb acting on both sides.

In real life, however, Chris has taken time out of his Corrie schedule to do the panto 'thing', appearing as Abanazer in Aladdin at Cardiff's New Theatre.

Earlier this month, I caught up with Chris, so click here to read the main part of the interview. Here, however are some additional snippets from our chat.

Where's his relationship with Leanne headed?
"I don't even think Peter's thought about it all to be honest - he's taking things step by step. Peter knows that Leanne gets on really well with Simon and I think Peter's nicely surprised by that. Leanne kind of has the upper hand on him and in a strange way, Leanne's a moral voice. Peter thinks 'well, yeah, I do these things, but what about your life'. Everyone's hitting him over the head but they've all done things in their lives."

What else can we expect from Peter going into 2009?
"I know that he goes into rehab, but he only does two weeks. Nobody on the Street is going to know that, though. Then he returns as what he believes to be a new man..."

Do you think we've seen the last of Peter and Maria?
"I think so, yeah. It was a nice little story that, but you never know. They could always pick it up again."

What's it like working with little Alex Bain?
"He's brilliant. Anything you do on set, he'll respond to. He's not phased by any of the cameras or anything. I think the reason he's so good is because he enjoys it. It's quite hard when you're trying to do a scene when he's trying to strangle you and pull your ears!"

How long are you staying with Corrie this time?
"I'm here until June or July this time, so we'll see how it goes. I'm really happy at the moment, so I'll have a chat when the time comes and see what happens."

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