SOAP opera Coronation Street is to tackle the emotive issue of being Northern in a new storyline, it has emerged.
The Manchester-set show has long explored complex social issues like divorce, racism, serial killing and tram crashes. Now they hope to examine the plight of Northerners in a hard-hitting look at one of society’s taboos.
Showrunner Joanna Kramer explained: “Historically we’ve not shied away from controversy. But we’ve always been scared to take on an issue that divides the country.
“I’m from Suffolk, which is a nice place, so I was wilfully ignorant of what Northern people go through. We have a duty to use our prime-time platform to explore what it’s really like to use short As, eat pies daily and talk to strangers on public transport.
“It’s an unflinching portrayal of a national problem and it will upset a few people. But many people have a Northerner in their life, and I think they’ll be touched to see them represented on screen.”
Viewer Sue Traherne said: “It’s sensationalism for sensationalism’s sake. Neither myself or Derek shall be watching. I don’t pay my TV licence for this.”