Coronation Street, Britans longest running soap opera set in Weatherfield, a fictional town based on Salford has become famous for its inclusion of LGBT characters. But some cast members are beginning to get bent over the fact that soon there will a THIRD homosexual couple on the Street. Currently Sean Tully and Marcus Dent are in a big storyline – as well as the return of Todd Grimshaw and boyfriend Jools. The Street is also home to lesbians Sophie Webster and Sian Powers and a transexual, Hayley Cropper
Jean Alexander who has played Hilda Ogden for 23 years claims Corrie is becoming too far fetched: “Every community has people who are gay and they are very nice people but three couples seems excessive.”
And Nick Cochrane who played Andy McDonald has this to say:
I’m not sure these storylines are realistic. I’ve got plenty of gay friends but they don’t all live in a street full of gay people. How many streets in Britain would have schoolgirl lesbians, gay married couples, a transexual and children to gay couples? It is a little bit far-fetched.
Fans love Corrie for its traditional values. I don’t think it’s the right platform to highlight so many gay issues all at the same time
Ben Summerskill, chief executive of gay rights charity Stonewall
“Corrie picked up Stonewall’s Broadcast of the Year trophy because it’s streets ahead with its gay characters, About six per cent of the population is gay – and more in and around cities. So of 66 Corrie characters it’s not in the least inconceivable that more than four might be gay.”
Ratings have been holding steady sinceex-Doctor Who producer Phil Collinson (who is also gay) took the job last year at about 8 Million viers But one Corrie insider said: “It’s not a happy place to be at the moment – and there is growing unrest that the show is losing its way,”