Coronation Street: Bruce Jones

AXED Coronation Street star Bruce Jones re-visits a few demons on TV tomorrow night.
Including the day he found one of the Yorkshire Ripper’s victims.
And how Les Battersby took over his life.
Manchester-born Bruce, 55, appears on BBC1’s The Dark Side Of Fame With Piers Morgan.
You can read more in last Friday’s MEN TV feature here.
It’s not the first time he’s spoken about the horrific Ripper discovery.
The story first re-surfaced when he joined the Street in 1997.
He also talks about the beatings he had from his father.
And how he knew he’d become the most hated man in soap when he agreed to play layabout Les.

Among the extracts I wasn’t able to squeeze into the feature was a story from Bruce about how he attracted tabloid headlines.
He tells Piers: “How would you feel if someone come up to you and said to your wife, ‘You’re only with him because he’s a soapstar, cos he could get better than you?’
“I’ve been married to that girl for over 20 odd years. I love my wife more than anything in the world. What are you going to do in that instant?”
Piers: “What did you do?”
Bruce: “I punched him. The next minute I’m in the papers.”
The man who was Les knows he should have walked away.
But fond of the odd pint or two, he became an easy target.
One outburst too many eventually led to the termination of his Corrie contract.
Did he deserve the boot?
Watch and make your own mind up.
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2 responses to “Coronation Street: Bruce Jones

  1. john tanner

    I watched the programme last night with Bruce and Piers and i must admit i had a pre concieved idea of what i thought of Bruce but how wrong i was, What a thoughly nice down to earth bloke who has suffered the ultimate in stardom “death by media” The only thing Bruce is guilty of is being honest and not keeping his antics behind closed doors and this isn’t because he wanted the whole world to see it is mearly because he was just being himself…Top bloke and i wish him all of the best for the future, Bounce back but this time “you” play the media…good luck John

  2. Ian McLaren

    I remember well watching Bruce in “Raining Stones” and really enjoyed it.
    This “interview” semed to me to be nothing more than an attempt by Mr Morgan to justify the press coverage of events leading up to Bruce’s departure from Corrie.
    Just as in the tabloid press the real Bruce was suppressed and all focus was on the character “Les”
    The high points were ignored and the low amplified.
    No thanks to Morgan as an interviewer.
    Many thanks to you Bruce Jones and all success to you.
    Sincerely yours
    ian McLaren

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