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Kenneth ‘Ken’ Barlow is a fictional character from the British ITV soap opera Coronation Street, played by William Roache.
Despite his somewhat antagonistic role in the show's early years, Ken developed a reputation among critics for representing an archetypal "boring man".20 million people tuned in to watch Ken's discovery of the affair.The storyline lead to a feud between Ken and Mike, prominent in both characters' narratives until Mike's screen death in 2006.Ken was introduced as the educated son of a working-class family.Portrayed as moralistic and a political activist, Ken differed from the other, predominantly working-class characters in the soap opera.Ken takes refuge in the pub on the corner, the Rovers Return Inn, where he gives Dennis Tanner a packet of cigarettes when landlady Annie Walker refuses him credit for them.
Ken goes to No.1 and chats to pensioner Albert Tatlock.
She gets annoyed at his attitude to his background. Ken volunteers to search for missing Lucille Hewitt but can’t find her.
Ida is annoyed when she finds that Ken has spent £1 on a rare book and warns him not to tell Frank.
Ken is in conflict with his postman father Frank who thinks he's being a snob about their working class habits.
His mother Ida is interested in a girl Ken's meeting but Frank objects to his plan to take her to the Imperial Hotel where Ida works in the kitchens.
Ken and Deirdre's fictional relationship made newspaper headlines in Britain in 1983 due to Deirdre's adultery with Mike Baldwin.