Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Bruce Jones not returning to Coronation Street, says ITV

Bruce Jones, who played Les Battersby in Coronation Street, was spotted in Blackpool yesterday when the Corrie crew were filming these scenes.

His appearance with the Coronation Street filming crew led some to believe that Bruce was returning to the show.  However, this has been swiftly denied by ITV.

An ITV spokesperson stated that Bruce is not returning to the soap and was merely collecting something from his dressing room when he was spied on-set. 

Bruce is currently starring in  Jack and the Beanstalk at Blackpool North Pier.

It's not the first time ITV have been quick to deny rumours that Bruce Jones is returning to the show. Back in 2015 the same thing happened - have a look here.

Bruce was sacked from Corrie in 2007 - read about it here
 
I doubt he'll ever be allowed to return. However, the character of Les Battersby is one that I think could be re-cast. We need a lovable layabout, someone for Tim to be good mates with!
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13 comments:

Gracie said...

Collecting something from his dressing room?! He left almost a decade ago for goodness sake, surely it would have been collected long before now.

Maybe he is in talks with Kate Oates of a return, especially with all this talk of her wanting to bring back legends.

Digger said...

"Collecting something from his dressing room" that he hasn't been in for HOW many years? I think they need a new Head of Plausible Excuses.

I'd like to see Les return - whether played by Bruce or not. I understand he blotted his copy book, and it's up to them if they want to stick with the "permanent exclusion" approach, but a different casting would be welcome for this fan. I love the idea of him and Tim sparking off each other, and it would give Leanne some great scope too - less of the doom, gloom and misery she's had to suffer the past few years.

Digger said...

LOL - snap Gracie :o) Great minds, and all that.

Anonymous said...

Gracie & Digger, I think you have the wrong end of the stick. Surely he was collecting something from his dressing room at Blackpool North Pier where he is appearing in Jack & the Beanstalk???? That's what I took it to mean anyway.

Wouldn't it be funny if they accidentally got a shot of the pier in with an advertisement for Jack & the Beanstalk starring Bruce Jones!!

Anonymous said...

Yes Anon, he was passing by on his way to/from his dressing room at the theatre.

Digger said...

Ah! Light dawns - thanks Anon!

Anonymous said...

No disrespect to the blogger but I never found the character of Les "loveable" I thought he was a nasty piece of work. Having said that he was good to Chesney so I'll give him that. I don't feel there is any need for his character to return.

Anonymous said...

True. Horrible character played by a terrible actor.

Flaming Nora said...

No disrespect to the blogger (me) taken... I never said he was loveable, however and it's not a phrase I would use about actor or character.

Anonymous said...

AT the time when Les on the Street I found his nastiness too vulgar. Now, others have so far surpassed him in the nastiness department that he perhaps might come across as lovable lout in comparison. Though I have to agree with the comment about his acting abilities.

Anonymous said...

Despise both this character and the actor - he was probably trying to stick his oar in with the Corrie crew, hoping for another 10 seconds of fame.

Anonymous said...

I never liked the Les character and was pleased when Bruce got the sack. I think that they need to ramp up Michael when he returns and see how he works with Tim.

vintgal003 said...

I truly hope that the new producer will see fit to bring Bruce back...he still is cherished by MANY of us....Les is a legend on Corrie and I for one....have always been on Team Les!

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