Billy Mayhew (Daniel Brocklebank) faces comments left, right and centre from his parishioners after he marries Paul Foreman (Peter Ash) in Coronation Street.
Billy and Paul’s wedding will be held in the Bistro, but Billy’s friends and family are all aware of how much he wants to get married in a church. This can’t happen because it’s a gay wedding, with the law preventing ministers of the Church of England from carrying out same-sex marriages.
Coming up, it’s an exciting morning at Number 5 as Gemma (Dolly-Rose Campbell) and Bernie (Jane Hazlegrove) help Paul get ready for the big day.
In the Bistro, as Gemma and Bernie walk Paul down the aisle, Billy waits for him, his heart full of love.
Billy and Paul exchange vows and the wedding is a success but after the ceremony, Billy is utterly shocked to discover his new husband has been keeping a secret from him.
Later in the week, while Ed (Trevor Michael Georges) measures up the doorway so it can fit Paul’s new wheelchair, a parishioner called Babs approaches Billy and, handing him a bottle of fizz, congratulates him on his marriage.
Billy smiles with relief but when another parishioner called Vaughn pops by, he tells Billy that he should be ashamed of himself.
The vicar then loses his temper and tells him that he needn’t worry as his husband is dying, completely unaware that Paul has heard.
‘It’s a challenge’, Peter told us, reflecting on what changes when he plays Paul as his MND develops.
‘It’s another layer to think about, I guess, as you’re acting, to be aware of those parts of your body that aren’t going to be working. All of us from the beginning have said we want to get this as right as possible. There are real people living with this so we don’t want to misrepresent it. We want to show it with honesty and truthfulness. The MND Association have been amazing, they’ve always been a phone call away if I need to ask anything about any new symptoms that come up in the story.
‘They’re constantly in touch with the story-boarders dealing with every aspect of Paul’s story.’
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