Bill Roache talks to dogs on This Morning

Corrie star is joined by medium to communicate telepathically with Jack Russells

'Coronation Street' star Bill Roache has appeared on 'This Morning' with a medium, attempting to communicate telepathically with his dogs.

Roache, who has played the soap's Ken Barlow since 1960 and is a reiki healer, joined Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on the show, flanked by medium Jackie Weaver and his Jack Russell terriers Poppy and Harry.

Roache... speaks to his dogs through medium on This Morning (Copyright: ITV)

“Originally we were all telepathic, and we will communicate telepathically in the future, and animals are very telepathic,” he said.

“With your dogs, you know when they look at you that there's things going on, they follow you, they know what you're doing. I want to understand my dogs better.”

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Host Schofield immediately expressed his scepticism, but Weaver countered with some thoughts reputedly coming from the dogs, firstly that Schofield 'needed to be converted'.

Medium... Jackie Weaver interprets thoughts of Jack Russells (Copyright: ITV)

She added that dogs were saying: “What people can't see, they're scared of,” along with details of a row the terriers had had the previous night, and about their thoughts on Roache's amateur artworks - which they incisively remarked that while good, are 'never finished'.

Weaver has previously claimed that Poppy has even done impressions, with Roache explaining in an interview last year: “Jackie said Poppy even did an impersonation of my on-screen wife Deirdre, saying, 'Oh, Ken,' in a drawn-out, exasperated way.”

The medium had also been shown a picture of Willoughby's cat Roxy, and revealed that the feline told her that she was 'gentle', 'stayed near home', 'didn't get her claws out' and that she knew to go to her owner for affection when it was the right time to do so.

Seemingly stunned, Willoughby confirmed the details were 'spot on'.

Terriers... Poppy and Harry on the ITV show (Copyright: ITV)

Roache also discussed with Schofield and Willoughby how his beliefs helped following the death of his wife Sarah in 2009.

“I already had an understanding that we are spiritual beings, that we come from the spiritual realms and go back there, and we're we're immortal, I've known that most of my life,” he said. “So when Sarah died I knew she's gone to a very beautiful place, she's gone home.

“You don't need to grieve for someone who’s died. You can grieve because you miss them, but they are fine, they've gone home and if they die young, they may have gone home early. It's like a reward almost. Because that is the most beautiful place. This is just the workshop here where we come to experience emotions and all sorts of things.”