William Roache's Corrie anniversary present

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'Coronation Street' actor William Roache has confessed having his two sons appear in an episode of the ITV1 soap was the ''best 50th anniversary present'' he could have asked for.

William Roache says having his sons appear on 'Coronation Street' was the "best 50th anniversary present".

The legendary actor - who has played Ken Barlow in the ITV1 soap since it first appeared on television screens in 1960 - explained having his two actor sons play minor roles in the show as part of Corrie's upcoming 50th anniversary storylines was "marvellous".

He said: "My best 50th anniversary present was to have Linus and James working with me. They stayed with me for two weeks. We were all learning our lines together. It was marvellous."

Meanwhile, Chris Gascoyne - who plays William's on-screen son Peter - admitted it is a "great honour and privilege" to work with such a well-established actor on a daily basis.

Chris explained: "To be with him every day has made me a better person. When I very first walked into the green room, Bill was very nice to me and he has been nice to me every day for ten years. He's always humble and he treats every day as if it's the first.

"To be able to work with someone like that has been a great honour and privilege. He could be a diva; 50 years as one of the most famous, if not the most famous, man in the country, but he's the nicest man I know."

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