Coronation Street star Bill Roache speaks out on the Barlow family's devastating storyline

Joe Anderton
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From Digital Spy

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Coronation Street star Bill Roache has opened up about the heartbreaking story affecting the Barlow family at the moment.

Peter Barlow has been told that because of his alcoholism, he is at a real risk of dying. An incident next week leads to him deciding that he wants to stop drinking, and he's told that he has to do it gradually rather than going cold turkey.

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Photo credit: ITV

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The Ken Barlow actor has talked about how he feels the family are coping with Peter's condition, saying: "In order to help Peter properly they have to manage his withdrawal from alcohol which means he has to have some alcohol every day and it is such a difficult situation for Ken to deal with... They are walking in a minefield.

"It is a very good storyline. I have known people in this situation. I have had friends who have been alcoholics and it is true what they say, you can't do anything until they turn round and say help me.

"Ken is trying and he can't bear that feeling of impotence of not being able to help his son and just having to sit back and do nothing until Peter accepts he needs and wants their help. He is so disappointed that Daniel's offer [of being a donor] didn't have the desired effect with Peter."

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Photo credit: ITV

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Bill also explained that we will see more of Peter treating Ken like the enemy as time goes on, and that while storylines like this can be harrowing and heartbreaking, the actor does enjoy being part of such big drama, especially when it can help viewers out.

Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV.

Alcohol Change UK offers information, advice and support with their questions about drinking and the problems that can sometimes be caused by alcohol. For more information, visit Alcohol Change UK's website. Drinkline also offers free, confidential advice to anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's drinking on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm).

Readers can also contact Drinkaware.

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