Coronation Street star William Roache is being lined up for a comic storyline as he makes his return to the show for the time since he was cleared of historic sex offences.

The 82-year-old actor will be seen coming back to the ITV soap for his character Ken Barlow to whisk wife Deirdre (Anne Kirkbride) off for a romantic trip to North Wales on a caravan holiday.

Roache, the world's longest-serving soap actor, has been off screens for more than a year, with his character said to be staying with his grandson Adam in Canada. But he is now due to begin filming in the next fortnight.

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The show's executive producer, Stuart Blackburn, said: "I'm going to give Ken and Deirdre a little holiday, a caravan in North Wales. What could possibly go wrong?

"Ken raises the idea of going on holiday and she's busy scanning the papers for places in Monaco or ­Barbados, something like that. Then he pulls up in a hired caravan going 'Let's go to North Wales!'," he added.

The scenes, which are expected to air in the summer, will help lighten the mood on the Bafta-winning soap, following the upcoming murder of Tina McIntyre (Michelle Keegan).