TV legend Michael Parkinson has slammed Coronation Street’s brutal storylines — claiming they make him physically “recoil”.
The chat show king, 82, said the ITV soap he used to enjoy was now “more suited to a horror channel”.
PA:Press Association Chat show host Michael Parkinson has slammed the ITV soap for its violent plots
Yorkshire-born Michael, known to his fans as Parky, said: “I never imagined I would recoil from watching Coronation Street.”
But he singled out the programme’s current kidnap plot that has seen two characters tortured and killed.
The gruesome storyline, he said, “had little to do with that gentle, funny reminder of life in the North Country I discovered and so admired in the early Sixties when I joined Granada Television”.
Millions of viewers saw villainous Pat Phelan — played by actor Connor McIntyre — kidnap Andy Carver (Oliver Farnworth) and Vinny Ashford (Harvey McArdle).
Rex Features Lost the plot . . . Pat Phelan, right, and Andy Carver Pat Phelan persuades Andy Carver to kill Vinny Ashford in a warehouse on Coronation Street PA:Press Association Coronation Street's Andy Carver is brainwashed and is convinced by his captor to commit murder
He then ordered Andy to kill Vinny in exchange for his freedom — but once he did, Phelan also shot him dead.
Parky blamed ITV’s desire for the Tony Warren-created show to become a ratings hit after it did much better than first expected.
He added: “Its overwhelming success carried seeds of change that would transform Tony Warren’s wonderful idea into a gold mine.”
But “it sadly stimulated the beginnings of a change that allowed Pat Phelan to become a major player in a storyline more suited to a horror channel than a family show”.
PA:Press Association Andy Carver, played by Oliver Farnworth, has been held hostage for months Evil Pat Phelan tells brainwashed Andy Carver he needs to kill Vinny Ashford on Coronation Street
He told the Radio Times that Connor’s “unnerving” performance made the story even scarier. It was worthy of a spin-off series about the murderer, he said, adding: “Hopefully, far away from Coronation Street.”
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