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Prosecution says soap star was lying when he denied sexually abusing five girls

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court

William Roache trial: Coronation Street actor has 'no memory' of any of women making allegations against him

Coronation Street star Bill Roache yesterday denied ever meeting the five women who accuse him of rape and sexual assault, telling a court that he had cheated on his first wife in the 1960s in “a series of small relationships” but that he was not a paedophile.

Paula Lane, Hayley Tamaddon, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Jennie McAlpine and Debbie Rush of Coronation Street

National Television Awards 2014: Coronation Street, Doctor Who and Ant and Dec win big

Julie Hesmondhalgh took Serial Drama Performance for her Corrie role

Actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court, in Lancashire, for the sixth day of his trial over historical sexual offence allegations.

William Roache trial: Coronation Street star 'made woman perform sex act as he drove her home in his Rolls-Royce'

A woman allegedly sexually assaulted by Coronation Street actor William Roache said she felt like “a coward” for not going to the police before she did.

Coronation Street's Roy and Hayley Cropper

As someone with motor neurone disease, I hope tonight's Coronation Street helps to change the law on assisted dying

This summer the House of Lords will be in the position to change things

Coronation Street actor William Roache arrives at Preston Crown Court for the fourth day of his trial of historical sexual offence allegations on Friday.

William Roache trial: alleged victim 'humiliated and ashamed after rapes'

The woman said her 'skin crawled' when she watched Mr Roache being interviewed on TV

A festive scene from ratings winner Mrs Brown's Boys

Mrs Brown's Boys wins festive ratings battle as EastEnders loses top spot

Mrs Brown's Boys wins festive ratings battle as EastEnders loses top spot

The Rover's returned to Corrie's new location in Salford

Touring Coronation Street's new Salford set: The devil's in the details

The Rovers Return has gained an extra window, Four Your Fries Only has won a four star hygiene rating and Nick's Bistro has little to offer vegetarians

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TV Review: Hebburn, BBC2

Hebburn, which began a second series on BBC2 last night, is a relic from a different era. Well, that's a bit unfair, but if you saw Vic Reeves's name on the cast list and assumed you were in for some proper comedy, Hebburn has been a disappointment. We should have looked closer. Whenever Vic Reeves is credited by his real name, Jim Moir, it usually signals his intention to put his feet up and fade into the background.

Agents of SHIELD viral marketing poster

Marvel's Agents of SHIELD posters warn of 'extraordinary activity' in viral marketing stunt

But can it beat EastEnders and Coronation Street in the ratings?

Nine men accused of sex attacks on girl, 14, released after prosecutors find Twitter feed

Nine men accused of sex attacks over six months on a 14-year-old girl walked free from the Old Bailey today.

Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell

Michael Le Vell: The private life of Coronation Street star revealed

Le Vell admitted he cheated on his wife while she was undergoing treatment for cancer

'Weak and stupid but not a paedophile': Coronation Street star Michael Le Vell cleared of child rape claims

Star, who has played mechanic Kevin Webster in the soap for the past 30 years, is set to return to ITV1 show

Coronation Street actor Michael Le Vell 'raped girl as she clutched teddy bear', court hears

Actor allegedly told girl that if she told anyone of abuse, 'you'll die and the evil will come over you'

Coronation Street star Bill Roache pleads not guilty to child rape charges

Coronation Street star denies historic sex charges in court

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