Coronation Street boss reveals fed-up fans stop him in public to complain about ‘terrible’ storylines – The Sun
CORONATION Street boss Iain MacLeod reveals fed-up fans stop him in public to complain about "terrible" storylines.
The ITV soap's producer says random members of the public will stop him to give feedback on what they're seeing on their screens.
However, Iain admits the writing team has to stay strong, despite receiving criticism from both online and on the street.
"People are very quick to tell me their opinions. It’s a funny old job working in soap," he told the Daily Star.
"If you were in any other job, very rarely would a random member of the public come up to you and go, ‘You’re doing this wrong’ or, ‘That’s terrible.’ In most jobs you don’t get that instant feedback."
He added: "We get quite a bit online. I glance at it occasionally, but I think Twitter feedback tends to skew negative.
"You’ve got to retain your own sense of what you want to do and keep that clarity and vision. That’s what we’re trying to do.
"A good example of that would be the Battersbys. When they started there were large and noisy headlines about them being the most hated family in Britain and people were saying, ‘Get them off the cobbles’ and ‘They’re ruining Corrie.’
“But they became iconic and two of them are still on the show.”
Iain is the showrunner and took over from Kate Oates in 2018.
But it's not just people on the street: Corrie has been bombarded with Ofcom complaints recently as the ITV soap portrays the horrific coercive control abuse storyline between Yasmeen and Geoff.
It reached a high of 284 complaints after Yasmeen stabbed evil abuser Geoff in the neck with a wine bottle earlier this month.
The villain finally got his comeuppance after making wife Yasmeen's life hell for months – but the violent scenes left fans feeling sick to their stomachs.
Also, Yasmeen has now been arrested for attempted murder – so there may still be more complaints to come.
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