Coronation Street producer defends rape storyline – Daily TV round-up

‘Coronation Street’s producer has spoken out in defence of the soap’s recent rape plot - despite admitting mistakes were made.

Phil Collinson was criticised over scenes that showed rapist Frank Foster confronting his victim Carla Connor outside the court.

The show’s producer, who was speaking at the annual conference of St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester, was told the scenes outside the courthouse had stopped real victims pursuing court proceedings.

The centre advised both ‘Coronation Street’ and ‘Hollyoaks’ on their recent rape storylines.

Collinson said; “I do agree that there were some procedural things in the court that we did get wrong.”

However he highlighted how the show is ‘constantly balancing the needs of the drama against the needs of accuracy’ but said the show ‘sent out a very clear message’ as Frank Foster was unambiguously portrayed as a rapist.

He added: “I have to stand by the story that we told and I think we did a good thing in the main.”

Collinson also admitted that an earlier assault on Maria Connor screened on the soap split the show’s writing team which ‘astonished’ him.

He said: “Even around our conference table, a very fiery debate happened about that night - literally, some of the writers saying that it wasn’t an attempted rape. I really believe we said right from the beginning it was.”

A spokesperson from the centre said there are support services for rape victims to make sure they do not have the same experience as Carla Connor and they have to ‘put a lot of reassurance’ to people that these court scenes are dramatised for TV.

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