Coronation Street star William Roache is set for a ‘hilarious’ storyline upon his return, with a romantic trip to north Wales.

The 82-year-old actor returns to the set of the ITV soap next week for the first time since being cleared of historic sex offences, and his character Ken Barlow will take his wife Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) on a caravan holiday.

Coronation Street’s executive producer Stuart Blackburn told the Irish Mirror: “I can’t wait to see Bill back on screen. I’m going to give Ken and Deirdre a little holiday – a caravan in north Wales. What could possibly go wrong?

“Ken raises the idea of going on holiday and she’s busy scanning the papers for places in Monaco or Barbados, something like that.

“Then he pulls up in a hired caravan going, ‘Let’s go to north Wales!’,” Stuart added.

The scenes, which are expected to screen in the summer, will help lighten the mood on the Bafta-winning soap, following the upcoming murder of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan).

Stuart said: “Ken is going to come back to a really dark time. But Tina’s murder storyline won’t be the only one that dominates for him. We are going to have some fun as well.”

Bill, the world’s longest-serving soap actor, has been off screens for more than a year, with his alter-ego Ken said to be staying with his grandson Adam in Canada.

ITV said the actor would not appear in Coronation Street until legal proceedings had finished. He was found not guilty by a jury of two counts of rape and four counts of indecent assault following a four-week trial at Preston Crown Court in February.


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