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    Ken Barlow (William Roache)

    Ken Barlow's absence from Coronation Street will finally be addressed on screen next week.

    The ITV soap's longest-running character is not appearing in the programme while Bill Roache, who plays him, is facing charges of rape and indecent assault.

    Ken was last seen on Monday, April 29, when Tracy (Kate Ford) caused tension by inviting new boyfriend Rob Donovan to dinner at the Barlows'.

    In the Coronation Street double bill airing on Friday, July 12, Ken's absence will be worked into the storyline as his wife Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) reveals that he has flown off to Canada.

    Ken makes the last-minute trip to support his grandson Adam, who is unwell after suffering a shock collapse.

    Deirdre tells Tracy: "Canada is a long way away and he's got no other family. Blacking out like that is frightening, and he collapsed at work."

    Tracy replies: "So dad just drops everything. You know something, I can't imagine he would ever do anything like that for me."

    Roache was charged on May 1 with two counts of rape involving a 15-year-old girl in the 1960s. He was later charged with five indecent assaults against four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16, but strenuously denies all of the allegations.

    The 81-year-old will next appear in court on September 2 and a provisional trial date has been set for January 13.

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    About time

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    Coronation Street producer Stuart Blackburn has lined up a light-hearted storyline for Ken and Deirdre Barlow.

    Ken, played by Bill Roache, will whisk wife Deirdre off to Wales on a caravan trip in scenes to be aired over the summer.

    When Ken arrives home he finds a shaken Deirdre. She prepares to give him an ultimatum
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    Ken and Dierdre Coronation Street

    Blackburn said to The 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!'"

    Blackburn hopes that the new storyline will help lighten the mood of the ITV soap after the murder of Tina McIntyre, which kicks off next week.

    Blackburn 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."

    Roache has not appeared on screen in Coronation Street since April 2013, when all scenes featuring his character Ken Barlow were dropped following his initial arrest.

    The actor said in February that he was looking forward to returning to the soap after being cleared of historic sex abuse charges.

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    Ken Barlow is coming back to Coronation Street next week.

    The character returns from Canada and is shocked to find out that his son Peter is in prison on remand for Tina McIntyre's murder

    Here, Bill Roache - who plays Ken - chats about his return, Peter in prison and being part of Corrie again...

    Ken is furious with Deidre
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    How is Ken feeling about his return to the Street?
    "Ken is really happy to be back, he has had a great time in Canada, he's used the time to do things he loves doing, he has started writing poetry and become a vegetarian, things which he immediately gets stick about on his return from Deirdre and Tracy. But he wouldn't want it any other way."

    Does he have any idea that something is wrong?
    "Not at all, Deirdre is a bit evasive but there is no way he would have any idea what she has been hiding from him. He knows that Peter and Carla have split up but that's as much as he knows at first."

    When does he first discover that Peter is in prison?
    "He has been trying to go out but Deirdre has so far foiled him every step of the way as she builds up the courage to tell him about Peter's arrest. But when Deirdre goes out of the back of the house to get Eccles he decides to head to the shop where he bumps into Carla and she tells him the truth because he starts asking her if there is any hope for their marriage!"

    What are his emotions about Peter? Does he blame him?
    "As soon as he asks Peter outright and Peter tells him he didn't kill Tina Ken believes him. He looks him in the eye and totally believes what he says. It isn't just the blind faith of a father's love, he genuinely knows Peter is not the murderer."

    Ken visits Peter in prison
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    How does Deirdre's decision not to tell him affect their marriage?
    "Ken is furious but they have been round the block a few times and once they have had it out he forgives her. What he finds harder to deal with is that he is the only one who seems to believe Peter. He soon realises that everyone else, Deirdre included, think that there is a chance that Peter did it, even if they don't want to believe it."

    What happens when Ken visits Peter in prison?
    "What shocks Ken is that even Peter seems prepared to throw in the towel - for a time Ken is the only person who seems to want to put up a fight. He realises that Peter does blame himself, even though he didn't actually kill Tina he can see that he feels responsible which is one of the reasons that Ken genuinely does believe he didn't kill her."

    Is he shocked by Peter's condition?
    "He is shocked that Peter has admitted defeat so quickly and just seems prepared for the worst."

    How does Ken plan to help him?
    "Ken has always been a man who loves a cause, a mission, now that it is his own son he will stop at nothing to try and prove his innocence."

    Does Ken even suspect that Rob might have something to do with this?
    "Nobody suspects Rob, and Ken has no reason to think he was the killer, that is why Rob is able to get away with it for so long. What motive would he have? He has also played a very clever game sticking to his guns about Peter being the killer."

    Ken reassures Peter he has his support
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    How does he feel about Rob being under his roof and being engaged to Tracy?
    "There is something about Rob that Ken doesn't like, he has had time to win Deirdre round, but Ken isn't sure about him, that doesn't mean to say he thinks he has anything to do with the murder. The fact that Rob is so certain Peter has done it is enough to wind Ken up."

    What happens when Ken tries to get Simon to visit Peter?
    "The last thing Rob wants is Peter getting visit from Simon and getting any ideas about fighting the charges, Rob wants Peter to continue accepting his fate so he 'accidentally' arranges for a day out with Simon, Amy and Tracy, so Simon is not available to go to the prison. Ken has no idea that it is deliberate."

    What is Rob's reaction when Ken hires a new solicitor and vows to find the real killer?
    "Ken is fast becoming the thorn in Rob's side, if Ken hadn't returned and started this crusade to prove Peter's innocence Rob would have had no worries about the truth ever being found out. Now he is constantly panicking that Ken is going to unearth something that incriminates him."

    How do you feel about being part of this storyline?
    "Yes I am thrilled to be at the heart of a story which has been so huge for the show. Ken is linked in some way to all the main players, which is what the street does so well, it is the ripple effect and Ken is at the heart of it. He has always loved a challenge and it is great to show that side of Ken. But I am equally pleased with the great comedy story running alongside it where Ken and Deirdre go on a caravan trip to North Wales, it was great fun to film. This is what the show does best, great drama alongside laugh out loud comedy."

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    has ken met rob yet?

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    He must have done, Rob has been a cast member before Ken left for Canada

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    Ken in love triangle with Audrey

    Coronation Street bosses are lining up a love triangle involving Ken Barlow, Audrey Roberts and new girl Nessa.
    It has previously been reported that the legendary lothario will catch the idea of Audrey’s new hairdresser, Nessa. She’s the sister of Cathy Matthews and arrives on the cobbles after she’s recruited by Audrey when Maria Connor goes to look after her sick mum. But while Nessa may get her claws into Ken, she’s not the only local lady lusting after Ken. In a new twist Audrey will realise she’s developed feelings for Ken and doesn’t know what to do about them. She feels guilty because she was good friends with Deirdre Barlow, who only recently passed away. Audrey will confide in Rita about her feelings but it remains to be seen which woman bags Ken long term.

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    I'm sorry but Ken is 80+ ..surely a love triangle is bit too much at that age? Especially when his beloved Deidre has just died..I wish they would just keep Ken friendly with Audrey or something. There's other things to write for him than romance, surely. Use your imagination writers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mariba View Post
    I'm sorry but Ken is 80+ ..surely a love triangle is bit too much at that age? Especially when his beloved Deidre has just died..I wish they would just keep Ken friendly with Audrey or something. There's other things to write for him than romance, surely. Use your imagination writers!
    Could not agree more!

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    Although he's still learning to cope after the death of wife Deirdre, Ken Barlow could soon find himself at the centre of a love triangle on Coronation Street with Audrey Roberts rumoured to be developing feelings for the widower.

    According to The Mirror, Ken (Bill Roache) will start dating new character Nessa, the sister of Cathy Williams.

    Meanwhile it's understood that viewers will also see Audrey (Sue Nicholls) getting closer to Ken, and telling Rita she "has feelings" for Ken and thinks it's mutual.

    Nothing official has been released about the potential storyline but The Mirror quotes a source who said: "Ken Barlow has always been a lothario on the Street and nothing has changed.

    "This time he ends up in a kind of love triangle, getting involved with Nessa, whilst also attracting attention from Audrey.

    "After the death of Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride), Ken starts to spend more and more time with Audrey and she admits to Rita she wants to be with him all the time."

    The source also added: "Audrey feels very mixed up because she feels there's something between them but she feels guilty because Deirdre was her friend and she hasn't long died.

    "There is a chance Audrey could finally be lucky in love after years without a partner."

    Ken has been married four times, twice to Deirdre, whilst Audrey was left heartbroken after dating escort Lewis Archer in 2010.

    It's understood that Corrie bosses will try out a potential relationship and see how viewers react before deciding if it will be come a long term storyline.

    A show source said: "It is a case of them having feelings for each other. But the storyline is set to run and run."


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