Hello and welcome to today’s edition of A Slice Of Soap. There’s still time to enter this week’s caption competition so get scribbling and make us all laugh.
Hey guys, it looks as though the bosses of Coronation Street have gone and put their foot in it yet again. Apparently, they’re bracing themselves for a furious backlash over a Remembrance Day episode mocking the deaths of brave British Service men and women.
According to The Mirror, in a forthcoming episode of Corrie, viewers will see bad boy Gary Windass mocking Ted Page for wearing a Royal British Legion poppy. Apparently, while talking with the old soldier, Gary says: "Must be a nice little earner, ’em poppies. They must cost hardly anything to make."
Ted then replies: "That’s the point. The profit goes to the servicemen and women" Gary adds: "You could still make a killing out of it on the side," before adding, "No pun intended."
An ITV1 source said: "Bosses should be braced for a ferocious backlash. A lot of older viewers will be horrified."
Hey guys, I don’t know about you, but I’m in agreement with the ITV1 source… I think the comments are a bit inappropriate, but they’re supposed to come out of the mouth of a character who’s a bit of an idiot.
This isn’t the first time Coronation Street has invited controversy over insensitive remarks made on the show. I think there was an episode in which Ken Barlow sparked anger following comments made about Christianity in an Easter Sunday episode. But the producers of our soaps have got to boost their viewing figures and get into the papers somehow. Contentious remarks is just one way to do it.
That’s it for me, I’m out of here. Join me on Friday for the result of Friday’s Caption Competition. Got a comment about your favourite soap, this blog or anything else? Share it with me.
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