Corrie’s Bill Roache feared Ken Barlow would be killed off in shock shooting
Coronation Street legend Bill Roache wants to be the first 100-year-old working on a soap.
The cobbles legend, who has been in Corrie for 58 years, has already made it into the Guinness Book of World Records but plans to be the only centenarian in a serial drama.
However, he did fear that Ken Barlow would be killed off before he could reach the milestone in a shocking shooting plot.
Departing boss Kate Oates revealed plans for Ken to be shot in a dramatic storyline that was eventually replaced by the ‘Who pushed Ken?’ plot.
Bill, 86, asked if his character would recover after the show producer said Ken would suffer a stroke then take a bullet.
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He’s managed to survive 23 girlfriends and three wives but Bill was concerned gun wounds would be too much for his character.
Speaking on Lorraine, he said: "When I had my interview with Kate Oates, who’s just leaving, she said ‘Bill you’re going to have a stroke and then you’re going to be shot’.
"I thought before you go on do I recover from this? She said ‘yes it’s to bring the family in’. I wasn’t shot I was pushed down the stairs in the end."
Bill is yet to chat to incoming boss Iain MacLeod about his plans for Ken.
He said: "Well we’ve got a new producer coming in. Also he’ll be handing our 60th anniversary which is in two years time. I haven’t and my interview with the producer yet.
"The new producer will have their views and we’ll have a chat but who knows."
The soap legend has played Ken for 58 years and has been awarded an MBE for his services to TV.
On his future, Bill said: "I’ve been in it for 58 years. I’m in the Guinness Book of Records. I’ve got the MBE for services to television.
"My goal now is to be the first centenarian still working in a serial. I think they want me as well. I’m very lucky to have the job. I really appreciate the job and I love it very much."
*Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV at 8.30am
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