Bill Roache returns to Coronation Street for the first time since he was acquitted of a string of historical sex abuse charges earlier this year.
The 82-year-old actor was acquitted of raping a 15-year-old girl and indecently assaulting four other teenagers at the soap's studios in Manchester and in his Rolls-Royce in the 60s and 70s.
Close friend MP Nigel Evans, who suffered a similar experience when he was put on trial for allegations of rape, spoke to Good Morning Britain about what Bill could expect on returning to work and the strength each found in their friendship.
The MP for Ribble Valley said the past year of Roache's life would have been "stranger than any storyline" the Coronation Street star would have taken part in.
The two friends, who have known each other for "decades", found solace in their relationship as they both battled criminal trials.
Evans, a former Deputy Speaker of the Commons, said Roache had summed up moving on from the trial as "a bit like jet lag" and warned the Tory MP it took "months" to move past the ordeal.
Speaking from personal experience, Evans credited the support of members on both sides of the house for getting him through the trial.
He said the support of Coronation Street colleagues would have been invaluable and will help Roache get back on track.