Corrie stars sing for charity single, and Stephanie Beacham doesn’t foresee a cobbles return

by Lynn Connolly

Several of the members of Corrie’s cast joined campaigners from Project Underdog last Friday to record the charity’s new single.

The Project supports youngsters in inner-city areas by involving them in making music and participating in sports. Last year, the charity released a cover version of Linkin Park’s hit, Iridescent.

The Sun reports that this year, the new single will feature the voices of Corrie stars Chris Fountain, Ryan Thomas, Lisa George, Catherine Tyldesley, Georgia May Foote, Ian Puleston-Davies and Peter Gunn, who volunteered their time to the charity.

In other Weatherfield news, Stephanie Beacham has revealed that although she loved her short stint on Corrie playing Ken Barlow’s (Bill Roache) bit on the side, Martha Fraser, she doesn’t see how her character could return to the cobbles…

Speaking to the PA, Stephanie said of Martha, “I liked her, I thought she was really down to earth and much more like I really am…

“But I don’t see how she could go back, this is the trouble, because she’s a woman of such integrity.

“She found out (Ken) was married, she still loved him, but said, ‘you either leave your wife or I’m leaving’, and Deirdre kept him and I went on.

“When she sailed off on her barge, I thought she had made the correct decision.”

However, Stephanie went on to reveal that she is still in touch with Bill Roache, and that the two are “firm friends.”

She said, “I care very much about him. We were a very happy match.

“I was quite fearful that he might be some sort of male diva, because if you’ve been with a programme for 40 years, you’re pretty much the king of the pile.

“I thought ‘He’s the King of Corrie’ and in fact he was so humble, and had such a beautiful attitude, and I just loved working with him.”

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.