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Goodyear regrets Rovers return

Julie Goodyear has told how she regrets her short-lived return to Coronation Street to revive brassy Bet Lynch because it was like being on "a conveyor belt".

The 71-year-old made a return to the soap a decade ago but lasted little over a fortnight because she struggled to cope with the changes in the workload.

In an interview for Piers Morgan's Life Stories to be screened by ITV tonight she claimed she had not been informed about how the demands of filming had altered since she had left the show seven years earlier.

Speaking about her 2002 walkout after just 17 days, Julie said: "I was asked to go back as a favour. So, yes, I do regret going back."

She went on: "What somebody had omitted to tell me, in the transition period, were all the changes that had happened.

"You know, all the older members of cast that had been there, since it had gone through from three to five episodes, had been eased gently into it, and all the new kids coming in weren't used to working any other way.

"But when I walked in, it was like being on a conveyor belt. We'd always had rehearsal. We'd always had make-up and costume and everything. I had about 27 Rovers scenes and we started at the end. 'Sorry, the end?' I was used to beginning at the beginning and building up."

But she said he felt no sense of failure when she called it a day after such a short period: "I thought, 'It's time I put my health, for the first time, first."

Julie also discussed her fourth husband Scott Brand, whom she married in 2007, and she called him "the best of a bad bunch".

She said the marriage was "alright", and asked whether she loved him she responded: "Well, I must do, or I wouldn't still be with him."

Asked by Morgan whether she could name one good thing about her husband, she said: "You've got me there. I'm doing my best."

:: Piers Morgan's Life Stories: Julie Goodyear is screened tonight at 9pm on ITV.

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