Michael Parkinson has hit out at Coronation Street over recent dark scenes in the soap opera.
Quoting the long-time chat show host, RadioTimes.com reveals how kidnapped Andy Carver (Oliver Farnworth) being forced to shoot Vinny Ashford (Ian Kelsey) before being killed by his captor Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) wasn’t to Parky’s taste.
“I never imagined I would recoil from watching Coronation Street. But the storyline of the kidnapping and torture of Andy and Vinny and their brutal murder by Pat Phelan had little to do with that gentle, funny reminder of life in the North Country I discovered and so admired in the early 1960s when I joined Granada Television.
“In those days, Ena, Minnie and Martha dominated the snug, Elsie Tanner was everyone’s idea of the good-time girl with a heart of gold and, later, Hilda Ogden made three pot ducks flying up a wall a fashion statement.
“The storyline is made even more shocking by Connor McIntyre’s performance as Phelan. His basilisk stare, the unnerving certainty of his murderous intent, is enough evidence of his ability to play a psychopath and worthy of a series about this murderous nutter – hopefully, far away from Coronation Street
“I am affronted by what I see as a gem like Coronation Street in danger of becoming just another formulaic soap.”
Parkinson started his television career with ITV’s Granada in Manchester and Leeds, however is best known for his BBC One, and latterly ITV, chat show Parkinson which ran, on and off, from 1971 until 2007. He also has hosted a talk show for Yorkshire Television and was one of the founding members and presenters of ITV breakfast network TV-am.
Someone else of the opinion that the scenes were too much was former This Morning presenter Fern Britton, who noted on Twitter; “Oh Corrie, this is too grim and just not right. Yes performances, script and storyline good but ITS NOT CORRIE!”. Ofcom, meanwhile, received complaints from viewers unhappy with what they’d seen.
“Coronation Street has always been recognised for its mix of drama and comedy, as well as hard-hitting storylines. Phelan has already been established as a villain in a long line of murderous Coronation Street villains and so his actions, evil though they are, won’t have come as a surprise to viewers. In addition, the programme is always careful to limit the level of violence actually shown to a minimum to convey the drama and tell the story.” – ITV Spokesprson