Coronation Street star David Neilson has revealed he has gone back to using his late mother's shopping bag when playing Roy Cropper - because others just weren't good enough. The actor - whose eccentric alter ego always carries an old bag - lost his mother shortly before he joined Coronation Street in 1995 and decided to use her bag as a prop. Although he has since used replicas bought by the wardrobe department, he said they failed to measure up to the original. David said: "Wardrobe have bought a few and I had been using the new versions, but they're no good. They disintegrate. So I've actually gone back to the original bag. That bag went round Loughborough Market for many years!" He added: "It will be about 30 years old now. I'm not sentimental about it, but it is a good bag. I know the feel of it when I pick it up." The 60-year-old said the carrier even travelled on the plane with him to Romania when he filmed the soap's spin-off DVD Romanian Holiday - which is on sale now. Click here to watch whatsontv.co.uk's new weekly soaps video preview, the Soap Scoop (opens in new tab)
Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix.
An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.
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