New Street To Coronation Street

THERE’S been a bit of a fuss about a scene to be screened in Coronation Street this Friday.
Sean (Antony Cotton) and Sonny (Pal Aron) get up close and personal as part of the bisexual love triangle, which also involves an unsuspecting Michelle (Kym Ryder).
Now I have news of another affair, this time involving Weatherfield’s Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) and Michelle’s brother – factory boss Liam Connor (Rob James-Collier).
Or rather two other characters played by actors Chris and Rob in the second series of New Street Law, which begins on BBC1 this Wednesday at 9pm.
Chris is back as gay Manchester legal clerk Al Ware (pictured above), alongside John Hannah, Lisa Faulkner, John Thomson and co.

Talking to Chris on set near Bolton last summer, he revealed that his screen love in New Street Law was being played by a young actor who had just gone into Corrie.

Rob was filming the role of Al’s partner Steve when he auditioned for the part of Underworld hearthrob Liam (pictured right).
And Chris himself later went back to the cobbles to reprise his role as Peter Barlow, being beaten up by doomed bully boy builder Charlie for his trouble.
Chris, who lives in Chorlton with his actress wife Caroline Harding and their three children, says he learned a lot from working with John Hannah on the drama about two rival sets of Manchester legal chambers.
“He really does know his stuff in front of the camera and he’s very relaxed and comfortable with it.
“And I like John Thomson. He lives near me and we’ve got daughters the same age.
“We had a day out – me and him took some sandwiches to Edale in the Peak District and we had a little walk.
“I don’t think people could quite work out what was happening there!”
Click here and here to read the two New Street Law features in today’s MEN and here for more on Corrie’s Rob James-Collier.
And click here for a review of Caroline’s play, directed by Chris.
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