Here's the conversation in full.
PHILIP: Hi, Andy, are you alright?
ANDY: I'm doing fine, thanks, how are you?
PHILIP: Fine too, whereabouts are you?
ANDY: I'm in Aberdeen.
PHILIP: Ahh, I've been to Edinburgh & Perth but never that far up.
ANDY: No-one ever does to be honest.
ANDY: Where was you when you found out that you were going to be on Coronation Street?
PHILIP: I was at home.
ANDY: What can you tell us about your character?
PHILIP: The part, he's a psyche guy, he's a therapist that Steve McDonald visits to try and help him through his depression but he's a bit sort of off the wall, this particular therapist because he has various tricks up his sleeve to get his clients to open up because a lot of them come, Steve included, and they're not very willing to talk and, so, he tries to put them at their ease in a variety of ways. I sometimes thought that perhaps it was the therapist who needed a therapist and not the client.
ANDY: *laughs* Can you tell us what those tricks are?
PHILIP: Oh, erm, it's probably best I leave that until it airs.
ANDY: Yep, that's fair enough. You work with many people in a group setting, like on The Bill & Waterloo Road.
ANDY: How different was it to work with Simon Gregson so closely on a one-to-one basis?
PHILIP: Oh, it's always nice to work with people on a one-to-one basis and Simon is a delight to work with, he's just really good and we found things in the script, I can't remember what they were now, Andy, but we found things there that perhaps weren't obvious and he has lots of ideas which he brings, yeah, he's great fun.
ANDY: What can we expect to see from your scenes with Simon?
PHILIP: Erm, I think they'll be some comedy.
PHILIP: But I do hope at the same time that the subject of depression does get the serious treatment it deserves however this therapist, he's a one off finally. So, erm, yeah, a bit of a mixture between the serious side of it and the comic side as well.
ANDY: I suffer from depression and I think I'd appreciate some comedy in some of my sessions.
PHILIP: I'm sorry to hear that, Andy, it must be very difficult.
ANDY: It is sometimes. When will we see you on the cobbles?
PHILIP: Oh, on the 30th of January & 4th of February. We filmed that ages ago, I think there's about a nine week gap in between shooting and transmission.
ANDY: I didn't realise it was that much, I thought it was about six weeks.
PHILIP: It used to be six weeks, the last time I was on it was six weeks.
PHILIP: That's right, yeah. Pillock of the yard I used to call him.
PHILIP: Yeah, that was six weeks then but it's somehow stretched to nine now.
ANDY: Between D.I. Pinnock & your character now, are the character's personalities different?
PHILIP: Very, yeah, very, but they are both a lot of fun to play. It's a joy, I mean it's great to work on Coronation Street, everyone's so friendly and I know a lot of the crew from Waterloo Road when it was shot in Rochdale. And of course Ian Puleston-Davies & Katie McGlynn were in Waterloo, and they're now in Corrie so it was a lot of familiar faces.
ANDY: So, it was a Waterloo Road School Reunion for you then?
PHILIP: Yes it was, yeah, it was really nice to do.
ANDY: Speaking of Waterloo Road, can I have your thoughts about the programme ending this year?
PHILIP: Erm, all things must come to an end. I think it's run it's course, it was hugely popular but everything has a sell by date.
ANDY: You didn't originally think it would last any more than a couple of series, right?
PHILIP: No I didn't, no, so it was an enormous bonus for it to go on so long and I had a great time doing that as well. I can't think of a job that I've done where I've really disliked.
ANDY: I admire your work so much, in Casualty & The Bill as well.
PHILIP: Thank you, yeah, The Bill was lots of different characters.
ANDY: Seth Mercer was the main one.
PHILIP: Seth Mercer, yeah, I think I did six episodes as Seth and in Casualty, I was Will Mellor's father, a villainous type, that was from Bristol, it's a beautiful city, so I had a lot of fun doing that and it was during the summer so there were lots of music on the streets & The Café Society, it was lovely to do. Before that, I've been very fortunate, I've managed to travel a lot with work, I've gone around the world really, so I've been a very lucky boy.
ANDY: That's our interview drawn to a close.
PHILIP: Oh, right...
ANDY: Thank you very much for your time.
PHILIP: That's okay. Thanks very much, Andy.
ANDY: No, thank you very much for your call.
PHILIP: Pleasure, take care.
ANDY: Have a lovely day.
PHILIP: Bye bye.
As Philip mentioned, his scenes in Coronation Street will be shown during the Friday 30 January & Wednesday 4 February episodes.
Coronation Street is every Monday, Wednesday & Friday on ITV/STV/UTV.
If you're in to Coronation Street's depression storyline, make sure you vote for everything Weatherfield in the National Television Awards at NationalTVAwards.com, voting closes at 12:00 GMT on Wednesday 21 January and the ceremony itself is live later that day on ITV/STV/UTV at 19:30.
Thanks again to Philip Martin Brown for his time, I'm extremely honoured to have spoken to him and all the best of luck to Simon Gregson & the Coronation Street team in the continuing depression storyline surrounding Steve McDonald.
Scottish Association for Mental Health: SAMH.org.uk.
Depression Alliance: DepressionAlliance.org.
Philip Martin Brown's Website: PhilipMartinBrown.com.
Philip Martin Brown's Twitter: @PhilipMartinB.
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