A PASSION for boozing and womanising are pivotal qualities for any soap pub landlord.
And no one fits that check better than Corrie’s arch Lothario Peter Barlow.
I can exhibit the recuperating alcoholic, played by CHRIS GASCOYNE, lands his dream pursuit as landlord of The Rovers.
His possibility comes after Michelle Connor (KYM MARSH) kicks out her hubby Steve McDonald, after training he is the father of Leanne Battersby’s baby.
Steve (SIMON GREGSON), is forced to sell his share of the drunk to compensate for the divorce.
A source said: “As one of Corrie’s many renouned characters it was about time Peter had his time at the helm of The Rovers.
“But as always, zero will run smoothly. There’s a Rovers leaving party for Liz who sets off to help out at the medical centre.”
Peter has constantly battled his alcoholism, so his new role could see Corrie producers revisiting this storyline. But show boss Kate Oates suggests Peter could be confronting some opposite demons.
She said: “I don’t wish to play out another alcoholic storyline with Peter, so a plea is to be attempting to find a way of exploring his faults in opposite ways.”
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Roch on a roll
ROCHELLE HUMES will be gripping my ITV companion LORRAINE KELLY’s chair comfortable next week.
THE SATURDAYS’ singer, who gave birth to her second daughter Valentina in March, is stuffing in while Lorraine takes a well-earned break.
The star has presented This Morning with her hubby MARVIN – but it is the first time she’s filled in on Lorraine.
Rochelle said: “I am so vehement to be covering for Lorraine while she is off on holiday.
“It is one of my favourites shows and it’s a genuine honour we have been asked to demeanour after things for a week, we can’t wait to get started.”
I’m also divided next week so won’t be there to broach the showbiz news and report as usual.
But luckily for Lorraine, we aren’t holidaying together!
THE teenage chronicle of Gogglebox launches next month and bosses have finally motionless on a name – Vlogglebox.
I suggested producers had an temperament crisis, vetoing names Goggleteens and Screen Time as they weren’t cold enough.
The E4 series, directed at 16-24 year-olds, will see the expel conflict to viral hits from smartphones and iPads.
They’ll barter the lounge environment for on-the-go locations, such as buses and quick food joints.
Hopefully they won’t be dreaming by the grub.
Dome is where partial is
MY first-look snap of cult gameshow The Crystal Maze show a informed but discriminating demeanour as the Channel 4 hit earnings to a screens.
The IT Crowd funnyman RICHARD AYOADE takes the helm inside a glossy new “dome” as the Nineties classical is brought crash up to date.
The last full series of the show aired 21 years ago.
Richard will finally step into the boots of the likes of RICHARD O’BRIEN and ED TUDOR-POLE next month.
And he looks a distant cry from his problem-solving predecessors in a splendid red suit, relating trainers and, distinct Richard and STEPHEN MERCHANT, a full conduct of hair.
He bagged the role after Stephen quit as horde of the problem-solving favourite, following October’s one-off luminary special.
Richard’s positively making a statement.
MY favourite soap distinguished its 25th anniversary.
New Zealand show Shortland Street was partial of my childhood and still front some of the best storylines ever seen on the box as it follows the bust-ups, romances and disasters at the hospital in Ferndale.
From the line, “You’re not in Guatemala now, Dr Ropata” in the first episode, to the a Ferndale Strangler, it’s never been brief of drama.
There’s a campaign to bring it back to UK screens, after it last seemed on ITV in 2003.
Much to my upset, it was forsaken by the channel despite the fact it has formerly starred UK actors such as Corrie’s ADAM RICKITT as Kieran.
It’d give Hollyoaks a run for its money.