Brian Capron on Coronation Street's 'harsh' storyline
27 September 2018 - 10:00 AM

Brian Capron on Coronation Street's 'harsh' storyline

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rian Capron thought Coronation Street's Pat Phelan storyline was "a bit harsh".

The 71-year-old star played one of the ITV soap's most notorious killers Richard Hillman - who carried out a reign of terror from 2001 to 2003 - and while he thought Connor McIntyre (Phelan) did a "great job" on the show, Brian believes the plot was unpleasantly rough at times.

He said: "I met him at the Soap Awards and he's done really well and done a great job with the storyline. But it [the Phelan storyline] was a bit harsh."

Brian admits humour tended to play a part in Richard's evil crimes, which saw the character famously dubbed "Norman Bates with a briefcase" by his wife Gail Platt (Helen Worth).

He is quoted by the Manchester Evening News as saying: "Richard was interrupted from trying to kill Emily on Christmas Day and it was funny at the same time with a little wink to the audience."

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Brian recently claimed Richard would have defeated Phelan if there was ever a battle between the two "Corrie" serial killers.

He said: "It's mad Richard still gets mentioned in "Corrie" but they've just had another famous murderer, Phelan, so perhaps he takes my mantle now.

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"Richard's deviousness might have got to Phelan in the end! He'd be up against Phelan's brutality but maybe Richard would've come up with a plan that wrong-footed him.

"I've still got that briefcase. Gail's line calling him "Norman Bates with a briefcase" was classic."

And he is always amazed that people still recognise him for playing the chilling part.

He said: "I feel grateful for playing Richard because that story was special with so many twists.

"It's lovely having a little place in soap history."

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