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Corrie comeback after 42-year gap

Coronation Street
Cope is returning as part of a storyline involving character Tony Gordon

Coronation Street character Jed Stone, played by actor Kenneth Cope, is returning to the ITV soap 42 years after he last appeared in the show.

The 77-year-old first set foot on the streets of Weatherfield in 1961 as Minnie Caldwell's lodger - who was nicknamed Sunny Jim.

He was last seen in 1966 being arrested for handling stolen blankets.

An ITV spokeswoman said Cope would have a recurring role in the show and was "delighted" to be asked back.

"Older viewers will recognise him," she added.

Cope made a brief appearance a few weeks ago but will return to screens tonight and continue to appear as part of a storyline that will run until Christmas.

The character, now a pensioner, is part of a plot involving property developer Tony Gordon.

His pet cat has adopted his nickname.

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