Coronation Street viewers may recall that in a recent episode, characters Anna Windass and Katy Armstrong were seen reading and discussing a magazine article while in Roy’s café…
However, eagle eyed viewers spotted what may have been either a prank on behalf of the props folks, or an editorial gaffe, in as much as the magazine was apparently called, “S**t Chat.”
When Anna (Debbie Rush) passed Katy (Georgia May Foote) the magazine, she excitedly read an article about surrogacy because of course, she’s planning on having a baby for her sister Izzy (Cherylee Houston).
Now I have to say, I didn’t spot this at all, so kudos to those who did, of whom the Sun reports, “Fans took to online forums to have a laugh at what they had just seen…”
On the Coronation Street Blog, one viewer wrote, “Got to be a props man surely.”
Another wrote, “Anything good in s**t magazine!”
Of the gaffe, a Corrie source said, “It certainly looked like a rude word and it’s been the subject of much banter ever since, but in all honesty no one is really sure what happened.”
You might recall that a similar incident happened on Emmerdale a couple of years ago, which resulted in the props department getting a rollocking for listing “offensive” words on a chalk board that was in the background of a scene.
It happened in 2010, and at the time, the Daily Mail reported…
A media watchdog has branded Emmerdale inappropriate after showing an offensive shopping list on an episode of the ITV soap.
The crude list on the blackboard, which featured items including ‘piles cream’ and ‘jam rags’, a slang term for sanitary towels, shocked viewers when it was shown on Friday night’s show.
The two items are clearly visible on screen, written after ‘Apples, rice, salad, eggs, biscuits’ as a drunk Shadrach Dingle staggers through nephew Marlon’s kitchen.
And now Mediawatch, an independent campaign for family values in the media, have come forward to slam the soap over its decision to show the board.
Vivienne Pattison, director of Mediawatch, said: ‘Clearly whoever wrote that knew exactly what they were doing, and they certainly didn’t need to.
‘It’s not a particularly helpful phrase to refer to sanitary towels as “jam rags” , and it is unnecessary.
‘It didn’t need to be there at all.’
A statement from Emmerdale read: ‘A shopping list featured in the background of a scene on Friday’s episode of Emmerdale which included colloquial terms that some viewers considered inappropriate.
‘We are looking into the matter and we apologise to any viewers if they were offended.’
Viewers have also criticised ITV for allowing the soap to show the shopping list in the show which is aired before the watershed at 7pm.
I’d love to be a fly on the wall in the Corrie office this morning! Did you spot the joke title when the episode aired?