Coronation Street star praises brilliantly written MND episode

Coronation Street: Paul struggles to lift his wine glass

After stealing a car to try and help with his money troubles, Paul (played by Peter Ash) has been waiting to see if he’ll face time in prison.

Heading to the courthouse with Dee Dee Bailey (Channique Sterling-Brown), who knows about his motor neurone disease, Paul decided not to tell his partner Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank).

Although recently Billy suspected something was going on with Paul and decided to go through his belongings to get to the bottom of it.

Finding the court date, he decided to attend without Paul’s knowledge and he sat in the back of the room.

When the judge revealed he’d have a suspended sentence due to his MND, Billy was gobsmacked by what he’d heard.

Actor Daniel Brocklebank spoke to and other media about how Billy learnt about Paul’s diagnosis.

The soap star said: “It really comes out of left field for Billy, it’s a massive shock.

“I think being given your partner’s diagnosis, with something like that, is hard at the best of times.

“It was brilliantly written, it was very sort of curt and cold delivered from a judge so of course, there was no compassion.

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“Billy’s hearing it in a sort of car crash revelation there from the judge, she played it brilliantly.

“There’s no dialogue in that scene either so the reaction is purely just him trying to take it in and get his head around it.”

Fans of the ITV soap will know that it hasn’t been a smooth journey for Billy and Paul over the past few years with their relationship only getting back on track recently.

With Billy voicing wanting to start a family with Paul over recent episodes, it was a harsh realisation that the future he thought they’d have together won’t go as planned.

The soap star said: “He’s very, very aware that that time together is coming to an end.

“Of course, the longer it goes on, the less Paul will be able to do. So, I think he’s sort of trying to live every moment.
“It’s utterly heartbreaking. He feels like he’s just got this guy back and they’ve got things on track.

“He thought that everything was going well and then all of a sudden, bang, this thing comes in and literally smashes everything out of the park and completely dismantles the future that you thought they were building on.”

Coronation Street continues Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on ITV from 8pm.

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