Coronation Street to snub the Olympics - Daily TV round-up

'Coronation Street' is to snub the Olympics in the show, with the games barely set to get a mention over the summer.

Show chiefs have reportedly been branded 'miseries' for not joining in with the festivities, while 'EastEnders' embraces it, with Billy Mitchell, played by Perry Fenwick, set to carry the Olympic torch through Albert Square.

The Rovers... No mention of the Olympics in the snug this summer (Copyright: PA) There will also be regular mentions of the games in the 'EastEnders' script.

But a 'Corrie' source told The Sun that 'any references (to the Olympics) will be in passing and relevant to how it affects our residents, so not overt or heavy at all'.

"It's different for 'EastEnders' as it's on their doorstep," they added.


But another source slammed the show for not joining in, saying that 'it's bad form because the Olympics is a national cause for celebration, not just a reason for the East End of London to be happy'.

"In the past, the Street has caught the public imagination by recognising things like the World Cup and Royal occasions," they said. "Millions of fans love 'Corrie' for its sense of humour, but the execs are being a load of miseries over the Olympics by refusing to join in." [The Sun]

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In other Corrie news Shobna Gulati, who plays Sunita on the show, has been the victim of racist abuse on Twitter. One user Tweeted her saying: "You're not British, you're foreign," while another posted: "I'll always be here to bother you." "Being racially abused on Twitter really shook me up. It felt like going back in time to the 1970s," she said. [The Sun]

The Jimmy Carr-hosted quiz show '8 Out Of 10 Cats' doubled its ratings in the wake of the comedian's controversy over tax avoidance last week. 2.7 million tuned in to see Carr ribbed by the rest of the panel, up from 1.3 million the previous week. [Metro]

Zoe Lucker is set to join the cast of 'Waterloo Road'. She will play mother of three Carol Barry whose husband is in jail. "Carol and her kids are going to ruffle plenty of feathers in 'Waterloo Road'. You can't trust them as far as you can throw them," she said. [Daily Mirror]