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Coronation Street star Peter Ash explains Paul’s mistake in radio storyline

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Coronation Street star Peter Ash has explained Paul Foreman’s big mistake in his radio script.

Scenes airing next week will see Paul appear on Amy Barlow’s new student radio show as one of its first guests, as he talks about his motor neurone disease.

However, Paul’s passion gets the better of him as he accidentally swears on air, leaving Amy to worry that his radio career might be over.

Amy Barlow, Coronation StreetAmy Barlow, Coronation Street

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Opening up about the scenes, Peter revealed that Bernie had initially organized the chat in a bid to “cheer him up”, adding: “When he does the interview he gets a bit passionate and talks about how the people treat disabled people.

“On the way to the interview, he had trouble ordering a taxi, finding a taxi that could accommodate his wheelchair, they sent him the wrong one, and then the taxi driver is a bit of an idiot. So he has that on his mind.

“It comes out in the interview when he gets a little heated, a little heated, and he lets out a big expletive on live radio. So he’s a little worried that he might have gotten Amy in trouble!”

Paul Foreman, Coronation StreetPaul Foreman, Coronation Street

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Peter also spoke about playing Paul’s physicality as his MND deteriorates, admitting that he is “less difficult to play” given his character is less mobile.

“I also find that when I sit in a chair my arm automatically goes into position, there is a certain amount of muscle memory when you do something that often,” he explained.

“Voice is something I’ve worked a lot on, having to speak so people can understand but show that Paul has difficulty speaking. I also feel a responsibility to make sure the portrayal is accurate.”

Paul Foreman, Coronation StreetPaul Foreman, Coronation Street

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When asked how he relaxes after filming the difficult scenes, Peter said he has “always been very good at not taking the work home” with him.

“But I also remember that for me, I play this role and for people who live with MND, it’s their life, they can’t get out of it,” he added.

Coronation Street is broadcast Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm on ITV1 and broadcast on ITVX.

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Coronation Street worked on Paul’s script with the support of MND Associationwhich focuses on improving access to care, research and campaigning for people affected by motor neurone disease.

The MND Connect association helpline (0808 802 6262) is available Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and 7pm to 10.30pm. Calls are free.

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