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50 Years on the Street: My Life with Ken Barlow

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In 50 Years on the Street: My Life with Ken Barlow, William Roache reflects on half a century of treasured memories accumulated during his time working on the long-running soap. He revisits the programme's most memorable moments and ponders the secret of its success while exploring the history of the show from its very early days of live broadcasts to the current demands o ...more
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Mainstream Digital (first published October 7th 2010)
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Dec 05, 2015 chucklesthescot rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: true, entertainment, soaps
I chose to read this book of Bill's because it focused mainly on his time in Coronation Street and there was a lot of information about behind the scenes, the fights and the funny things, and his relationships with the rest of the cast. He talks bluntly about his doubts over certain storylines that Ken was involved in and how he fought to defend his character if the writers tried to give him something that he felt Ken wouldn't do. I liked seeing that motivation for change and I found it interest ...more
I read this for a research project, expecting it to be dull and dry. I'm not really an autobiography person - I'm just not interested in most celebrities, though I do make rare exceptions for comedians, like Peter Kay and Frankie Boyle. So I was really pleasantly surprised by 50 Years.

Bill Roache doesn't go into much detail on his family life or the pre-Coronation Street years, but I'm willing to bet that it's Corrie most readers are interested in. What unfolds is a warm, affectionate memoir, t
Nov 11, 2014 Birgitte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It gave a great insight not only to the life of William Roache, but also of Ken Barlow and what's been going on in 'The Street' over a period of 50 years.
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