It’s been reported today that the cast of Coronation Street have been “begging bosses” to end the plethora of violent storylines that we’ve seen on the show of late.
They have of course included rape and several murders, which, when he took on the role of executive producer in 2010, Phil Collinson – once dubbed ‘Cullinson’ for axing a number of the cast – vowed to steer away from during his tenure with the show.
However, he oversaw the outcome of John Stape’s (Graeme Hawley) murderous reign of terror, and the spectacular tram crash for the show’s 50th anniversary which killed off Molly Dobbs (Vicky Binns) and Ashley Peacock (Steve Arnold).
And of course, since then, he introduced the storyline that focused on Frank Foster (Andrew Lancel) and Carla Connor (Alison King)…
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, a “senior” Corrie actor said, “It is beyond a joke. Coronation Street is officially the most violent place in Britain.
“We need to turn our backs on the killings and rapes and go back to the gentle northern humour that made Coronation Street so popular.
“Let EastEnders do the violence, we should stick to what we do best.”
Soon after taking on the role of executive producer, Collinson said, “There has been too much crime.
“As we move ahead, we will shift away from serial killers and crime storylines.”
A spokesman for the show said last night, “Coronation Street is the perfect balance of drama, comedy and human interest.
“Storylines like this have been the bedrock of Coronation Street for over 50 years and viewing figures of over 11 million show people continue to enjoy the show.
“The tram crash was acknowledged by critics, fans and awards panels alike to be one of the show’s all-time high points.”
What do you think? Is all this crime just way OTT or do you enjoy the drama? I fall into the latter category; I think it’s made the show all the more exciting!