OK, the title is sarcastic but surely I can’t be the only one who finds it ironic that the Judge, on the first day of William Roache’s child abuse trial, told the jury that they must distinguish between the actor and the fictional character Ken Barlow and yet the defense have called Roache’s on screen wife and son as defense witnesses?
From 14th January
A judge tells jurors that they have to distinguish between Coronation Street actor William Roache, who is on trial accused of sex offences, and his fictional character Ken Barlow.
Mr Justice Holroyde QC said they should not confuse the “real person” and the part he has played on the ITV soap opera for more than half a century.
And from today…
Actors from Coronation Street have arrived to give evidence in the trial of fellow star William Roache, who is accused of a string of sexual offences.
Anne Kirkbride, who as Deirdre Barlow is on-screen wife to Roache’s character Ken Barlow, Chris Gascoyne – his son Peter Barlow in the ITV soap – and actress Helen Worth, who plays Gail Platt, are expected to give evidence in Roache’s defence.
Roache, 81, denies two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and four indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16 in the Manchester area in 1965 and 1968.