Ken Barlow (William Roache) is to return to Weatherfield next week to the shock news that Peter (Chris Gascoyne) has been charged with murdering Tina. A fuming Ken can't believe that Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) has kept the information back from him while he's been in Canada, but soon focuses his energies on getting Peter out of prison.
With Ken convinced of his son's innocence, it isn't long before he's vowing to find the real killer. Should Rob (Marc Baylis) - the real perpetrator of the crime - be quaking in his boots now that Ken is on the case? Actor William Roache, who's back on the Street after more than a year off-screen, reveals more...
So how is Ken feeling about his return to the Street?
Ken's really happy to be back. He's had a great time in Canada, he’s used the time to do things he loves doing - he has started writing poetry and become a vegetarian, which he immediately gets stick from Tracy and Deirdre about upon his return. But he wouldn’t want it any other way.
Does he have any idea that something is wrong?
Not at all. Deirdre is a bit evasive, but there's no way he would have any idea about what she has been hiding from him. He knows that Peter and Carla have split up, but that’s as much as he knows at first.
So when does he discover that Peter is in prison?
He's been trying to go out but Deirdre has so far foiled him every step of the way as she builds up the courage to tell him about Peter’s arrest. But when Deirdre goes out of the back of the house to get Eccles, he decides to head to the shop where he bumps into Carla. She tells him the truth because he starts asking her if there is any hope for their marriage!
Does Ken blame Peter for what's happened?
As soon as he asks Peter outright and Peter tells him he didn’t kill Tina, Ken believes him. He looks him in the eye and totally believes what he says. It isn’t just the blind faith of a father’s love - he genuinely knows Peter is not the murderer.
How does Deirdre's decision not to tell Ken affect their marriage?
Ken is furious, but they have been round the block a few times and he does forgive her. What he finds harder to deal with is that he's the only one who seems to believe Peter. He soon realises that everyone else, Deirdre included, thinks that there's a chance that Peter did it.