Corrie star reveals humour will be found in 'bleakest situation' amid Paul story

Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) was recently diagnosed with motor neurone disease in Coronation Street, and has since opened up about his condition to partner Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) in emotional scenes.

When Billy arrived unexpectedly at the court for Paul’s hearing, he finally learnt of Paul’s diagnosis when it was announced that he would be getting a suspended sentence because of it.

Now, the couple face a difficult and uncertain future, though actor Daniel Brocklebank has assured us that there will be some ‘really fun moments’ along the way, as well as the emotional scenes viewers will be expecting.

‘I think it’s going to be a really lovely blend. I think there’s going to be some really nice moments, you know, Billy and Paul really ticking things off bucket lists of adventures together and sort of trying to find that happiness in every moment that they can.

‘There will be differences along the way. But I think there’s going to be some really fun moments, as well. So, it’s not all going to be, you know, doom and gloom and woe is us.’

Despite the heavy nature of a storyline like this, Daniel explained that they still manage to find humour within the scenes.

‘Even in the bleakest of moments, there is a huge amount of humour to be had. And I’m sure we’ll find it.

‘I think we’ve tried to find it even when it’s not in there. To try to sort of stay positive as it’s bloody exhausting crying for 12 hours a day. It’s knackering. And then you’ve got to come home and look at your lines for next day, which is again, 12 hours of crying.

‘So, if you can find moments where you can find a little like emphasis within the dialogue, the scenes, the staging of it, whatever’, he said.

And it’s not just within the scenes that Daniel and the rest of the cast have found such moments, as Daniel reflects that the atmosphere on set has been kept light.

‘We have such a giggle at work anyway, it’s a joyous place to work. I can’t believe I get paid for it.

‘So, when we get these really heavy storylines, there are moments that we see in between when we’re filming where you’re laughing with the crew, or we’re laughing together, and somebody chips in with an idea ‘what if they played it this way?’ and all of a sudden it might spin the scene into a different sort of energy.

‘And I think the writers are already putting that stuff in there anyway, but there are other moments where you are sort of workshopping it as you go!’

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