Former Coronation Street star Roy Barraclough has criticised the soap.
The actor – who played Alec Gilroy on and off between 1972 and 1998 – opined via The Mirror that the show has deviated from what it once was and noted that there is now a lack of comedy in the long-running saga’s scripts.
“I don’t watch the show, it has changed so much now from what it was. It doesn’t have a hold on me like it used to. The characters have changed and it has drifted away from what it used to be – there was a lot of comedy then. In fact I don’t watch any of the soaps. They all follow each other, one outdoing the other. If one has a rape, the other has a rape. It’s a shame.” – Barraclough
Barraclough added that he will not return to Coronation Street in the future as he feels his character would be “so out of place” in the present-day programme.
He also agreed with Russell T Davies’ recent prediction that the soap genre could be under threat, stating “That might be a good thing.” As well as Corrie Roy also appeared in Yorkshire Televsion’s apartment block based series, set in Leeds, Castle Haven in the early 1970s alongside Kathy Staff, who played his wife.
He also had a long onscreen comedy partnership with the late Les Dawson in his sketch series for both ITV and the BBC, best known for their drag characters Cissie and Ada. In Corrie he is best remembered as initally being the agent for singer-turned-newsagent Rita Littlewood (Barbara Knox) and later as the husband of Bet (Julie Goodyear.)