William Roache returns to the Coronation Street cobbles for brand-new full cast photo

Ken Barlow "is going to come back into a real whirlwind," producer Stuart Blackburn tells RadioTimes.com

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William Roache returns to the Coronation Street cobbles for brand-new full cast photo
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The cast of Coronation Street has posed for a new image, the first since the 50th anniversary in 2010.

The actors were joined on the set at MediaCityUK back in March by the soap's creator, Tony Warren, who can be seen front and centre. Also present is William Roache, who was back on the cobbles prior to his reappearance as Ken Barlow later this summer.

As a nod to Warren, the new studio complex has been dedicated to him, with ITV CEO Adam Crozier and Coronation Street's executive producer Kieran Roberts on hand to help unveil a sign marking The Tony Warren Building.

A five-foot model of the street was cut by Barbara Knox (Rita Tanner), while William Roache raised a toast to both Warren and the programme.

Speaking to RadioTimes.com about Roache's forthcoming return and Michelle Keegan's much-talked-about exit, producer Stuart Blackburn said: "The death of Tina is going to have a massive impact on the Barlows and Ken is going to come back into a real whirlwind. Eccles the dog is about the only sane one there. Ken's going to have a lot to deal with."

See the full-size cast image here.