Bill Roache reckons most Coronation Street viewers don’t use the internet!

by Lynn Connolly

Coronation Street star Bill Roache has told ITV’s Loose Women that he suspects not enough of the show’s viewers use the internet, and that may be causing the cast and crew of Corrie to lose out on awards which rely on online voting.

Bill, who is of course the show’s longest serving character, having played the part of Ken Barlow since 1960, added that he felt the cast and crew deserved more credit than they got for the tram crash storyline which of course commemorated 50 years of the show.

He said, “What I think the problem is, I think a lot of our viewers don’t vote on the internet and I think a lot of the voting is now done on the internet.

“They need to get on the internet and vote for us. It is lovely to get awards. It’s good.

“Last year when we did the 50th anniversary, all those wonderful episodes going out every night with the tram crash and all that.

“The hard work, the writers, everything, it was wonderful…

“The ratings have been in and everybody loved it, but there were no awards coming in for some reason.

“I don’t feel the producers and the writers got sufficient accolades for the work they did. So winning that was good.”

The Loose Women panel then moved on to asking Bill if the Barlow family were in for a quieter year this year, given all the turbulence in their lives last year, to which Bill replied, “Long may it reign! Dysfunctionality is the order of the day!”

And of Ken and Deirdre’s duplicitous offspring, Bill said, “I’m not responsible for Tracy’s genes – that’s Deirdre and Ray Langton. But I’m afraid for Peter’s genes, I am!

“Peter, going way back, he’s a bigamist, an alcoholic, an adulterer. You name it, he’s done it.”

Of Tracy, Bill added, “She is a one – and a half! And that will carry on. She is unbelievable, really, what she does.

“Deirdre certainly feels for her, and Ken does occasionally.

“When she got married, Ken thought it was all going to be lovely, but then he discovered what she’d done. It’s great stories.”

And it seems Bill’s not in any kind of a hurry to retire from the show.

He said, “People say, ‘When are you going to retire?’ I say, ‘It’s not an option’.

“While they want me and while I can do it, I will carry on.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.