Star in a kimono: William Roache

By The Kimono Company on 15/05/2014

William Roache as Ken Barlow sitting in kimono

Scenes in Coronation Street starring actor William Roache wearing a kimono as Ken Barlow had to be reshot due to the shortness of the garment. Roache, shown here in the offending item, first wore the kimono at one of his screen wife Deirdre's dinner parties in 2009. A new series of scenes showing Roache sporting the kimono was planned during the love affair with Martha Fraser storyline, but had to be scrapped because coming down stairs or sitting down would have revealed just a little more than the audience bargained for. Reshooting the scenes with a more decent kimono cost the Coronation Street team about £25,000. Roache is reported to have been happy to wear the original.

William Roache as Ken Barlow in kimono

Here we see Ken showing off his kimono at the dinner party to Deirdre, Liz, Lloyd and Blanche, but his guests were not universally admiring, as this dialogue reveals:

Blanche (Maggie Jones): Oh, for the love of God!
Ken Barlow (William Roache): OK. Come on. Let's have it. You've got a problem with this, I should imagine?
Blanche: A grown man, dressed as a Geisha? Have you gone stark staring mad?
Ken: It is no different to a dressing gown. I mean what, is there a rule? "Thou shalt wear terry towelling in the North West of England"?
Blanche: There should be.
Lloyd (Craig Charles): Oh come on, Blanche. If a man can't indulge his eccentricities at home, where can he indulge them?
Deirdre Barlow (Anne Kirkbride): I wouldn't mind if he didn't indulge them in front of guests.
Ken: Look it's not eccentric, it's Japanese and it makes me feel comfortable.

Naturally, we agree with Ken - far from being an eccentricity, a kimono is a comfortable alternative to a dressing gown.

William Roache as Ken Barlow in kimono with wife Deirdre

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