Coronation Street: Is it really likely that John Stape would kidnap Rosie, again?!

by Lynn Connolly

Let me begin by saying that I totally get the whole suspension of disbelief thing for the sake of exciting drama.

That said, there is, for me at any rate, a big difference in suspending my disbelief and plot holes big enough to drive a truck through…

And the latest John Stape-Rosie Webster kidnap storyline is an example of one of those plot hole riddled storylines that I find hard to swallow.

As we saw in last night’s episode, John – who’s played by Graeme Hawley – posing as a prospective buyer, made an appointment via an estate agent to meet Rosie (Helen Flanagan) at her boyfriend Jason Grimshaw’s (Ryan Thomas) flat.

John called himself “Mr Chips”, which, just to veer off a tad, reminded me of the tragic case of estate agent Suzy Lamplugh who went missing in 1986 after arranging to meet a potential buyer who called himself Mr Kipper. You can read more about Suzy – who’s never been found – here.

But to get back to my point, why, oh why, didn’t John – who wants his admission to facilitate his wife Fiz’s release from prison – just make a written confession and post it to police?

Or better yet, a video taped confession?

Surely, in the digital age, he could’ve come up with any number of ways of relaying his confession that would be less dangerous than kidnapping Rosie, yet again?

Now, the show’s writers would perhaps argue that, as John said to Rosie last night, “This all began with you”, meaning that his affair with Rosie when she was his pupil is what set the chain reaction in motion that trashed his life…

And ok, I get that he may have wanted to involve her for that reason, but he’s an educated man, and he surely knows that in a court of law, evidence given in defence of someone from a third party is no more than hearsay and won’t be treated as factual evidence?

So even if things didn’t go wrong for John this time – which they will – Rosie’s confession on his behalf is utterly useless.

So tell me folks, is it just me being too picky, or is this storyline worthy of being called a plot hole?

Answers in the comment box please!

In the meantime, here’s a reminder of the last time John kidnapped Rosie in 2008…

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.