JOHN Thomson is to bring a touch of the Wild West to Coronation Street.
As blogged yesterday, the former Cold Feet star rides into town as a children’s entertainer called Jessie.
There’s another story in today’s MEN, which for some reason hasn’t made it online.
So here are a few of the extra details:
A cowboy and Indian double act with his wife hits the dust after the couple have a big row.
And that could lead to a spark between Jessie and Streetcars cab controller Eileen Grimshaw, played by Sue Cleaver.
Which for some strange reason brought the scene (pictured) from Toy Story to mind.
Soap bosses approached John after he expressed an interest in joining the cast.
“The part was written with him in mind,” a Corrie spokesman told me.
The Fast Show favourite is currently filming a role in a new series of ITV1 drama hit Kingdom, which limited the time he could devote to Weatherfield.
But there are plans to bring the character back next year so that Jessie can again trouble the bartender at The Rovers Return.
In a message from Norfolk, where he is working on Kingdom, John told us: “I’m really looking forward to joining Coronation Street.
“It is an absolute national treasure of a series. The writing is brilliant and I have to say my character is a corker.”
Also set to star as Captain Hook in Peter Pan at Manchester’s Opera House this Christmas, he added: “The great thing is I’m working on home ground.
“I’ll be getting the keys to the city soon, what with this and the upcoming panto.”
John’s role on the Street will reunite him with Chorlton actor Chris Gascoyne, due to return to the screen soon as bookmaker Peter Barlow.
They starred together in Manchester and Bolton filmed BBC1 legal drama series New Street Law, with Thomson as barrister Charlie Darling and Gascoyne as head clerk Al Ware.