I bet even gay people are embarrased at how PC Coronation Street has become and how the show is now dominated by the political queers agenda.
Corrie faces ratings crisis as viewers switch off outlandish storylines with 'too many' gay charactersBy Liz Thomas
Last updated at 10:30 PM on 10th July 2011
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Criticised: Michelle Collins and screen husband Karl (John Michie) are the new bosses of the Rovers Return
Since 1960 it has been one of the best-loved shows on television. But only six months after celebrating its 50th anniversary, Coronation Street is facing a ratings crisis.
Actors and viewers have criticised the move away from the show's roots, depicting the gritty reality of life in a typical working class street in Manchester, and replacing it with black comedy.
Cast and crew have also questioned why producer Phil Collinson, who took the helm last year, has brought in so many gay characters.
Figures for ITV1's flagship soap slumped by 29 per cent from 10.4million at the end of May to 7.4million last week.
Writing in the Daily Mail last week, art critic Brian Sewell asked: 'Is it true that the lives of heterosexual Mancunians are haplessly intertwined with transvestites, transsexuals, teenage lesbians and a horde of homosexuals across the age range?'
And Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden for more than 20 years until 1987, said in a recent interview that the show is becoming far-fetched.
She said: 'Every community has people who are gay and they are very nice people. I’m not running the Street down - and let's not forget its creator Tony Warren is gay – but three couples seems excessive.’
Coronation Street currently features two gay couples, one lesbian couple and a transsexual.
Nick Cochrane, who played Andy McDonald, said the show was becoming 'unrealistic'.
He said: 'How many streets in Britain would have schoolgirl lesbians, gay married couples, a transsexual and children to gay couples? It is a little bit far-fetched.'
There has also been criticism of the arrival of actress Michelle Collins, still best-known for playing Cindy Beale in rival BBC1 soap EastEnders, as the new boss of the Street’s pub the Rovers Return.Fans have panned her Manchester accent.