AND talking of Coronation Street…
Reports that Roy Hudd suffered a suspected heart attack while filming on Sunday were wide of the mark, according to Corrie bosses.
As readers of later editions of yesterday’s MEN will know, Street star Roy was taken to hospital after becoming unwell while filming a funeral scene.
The 70-year-old, who plays undertaker Archie Shuttleworth, felt ill while working at Granada’s studios in Quay Street.
He was taken by car to Hope Hospital in Salford for tests and doctors later diagnosed a chest infection.
Filming of his scenes was cancelled for the day as production staff insisted the actor and entertainer should go for a check up.
A Coronation Street spokeswoman told me: “Roy didn’t feel well and was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with a chest infection. It was established very quickly that it wasn’t anything serious.
“He was then taken home and is now resting. We hope he will be well enough to complete his scenes later this week.”
If you don’t want to know about the funeral, read no further.
Roy was due to appear in several scenes during the day and seemed fine when he arrived for work. The Street filming schedule was rearranged when it became clear he could not carry on.
He had been filming a chapel of rest scene beside a coffin when he became unwell and later saw the funny side when it became clear he was not seriously ill.
Co-star John Savident, who plays butcher Fred Elliott, was actually in the coffin at the time – Fred dies of a heart attack on his wedding day to Bev.
But reports that John actually sat up and reached out to help Roy are incorrect. As it was clear the scene could not continue, he simply got out of the coffin as others went to Roy’s aid.
Veteran performer Roy joined the regular Corrie cast in 2002 but later left to pursue his many other projects. He reappeared earlier this year for the funeral of Mike Baldwin, played by Johnny Briggs.
Awarded the OBE in the 2003 New Year Honours, Roy has been entertaining audiences for almost half a century. Aside from the Street, he’s best known for his radio show The News Huddlines, which began in 1975.
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