In a forthcoming storyline on Corrie, Michelle Connor’s son Ryan is heading back to Weatherfield, and in a plotline that’s sure to cause controversy, he’ll introduce Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) to crack cocaine, and she’ll become an addict.
The Daily Mirror says of the storyline, “It will be the ITV soap’s most controversial storyline in its 52-year history and insiders fear it will be a big turn-off for older viewers.”
And as we reported last week, it seems some of the show’s older cast are unhappy with the level of violence and with the plots that focus on the younger cast, so they’re sure to be equally unhappy with this new plotline.
A show insider told the paper, “This storyline would be one of the most shocking the soap has ever tackled…
“And there is a real fear among some of the crew that it could be too much for some of the more traditional viewers.
“For many people Coronation Street remains a national institution and long-term fans love the portrayal of working-class life in a northern town.
“Scenes such as these are likely to be far too edgy for many. As well as the older fans, families sit down to watch Corrie together with their children next to them and these scenes will air well before the 9pm watershed.”
Ryan, who’s played by Ben Thompson, was last seen on the Street in 2010, when he headed off to uni.
The source added, “Ryan returns after spending two years in Glasgow, where he has picked up some alarming traits which he quickly passes on to Sophie.
“He comes back as a very dark character indeed and is set to have a damaging impact on several of the soap’s younger characters.”
We can expect that storyline to begin later this year, but what do you think of it? Is it simply a salacious plotline or is it important to write in real issues facing young people?