622 complaints were received by Ofcom over THIS Coronation Street storyline

15th Jan 18 | Entertainment News

The soap is being investigated for airing ‘harrowing’ scenes before the 9pm watershed…

Coronation Street has found itself in some hot water after 622 complaints were made to TV watchdog Ofcom over ‘harrowing’ scenes that aired before the 9pm watershed in the past few months.

Viewers of the soap will be familiar with Pat Phelan’s storyline which has involved the villain murdering a number of characters lately including Andy Carver and Luke Britton.

But according to the Daily Mail, some people are not happy with scenes involved in this storyline being aired before the watershed and after Ofcom received a whopping 622 official complaints, an investigation has been launched.

Last year Phelan forced Andy to shoot Vinny before Pat murdered Andy himself.

Earlier this month Pat shot a Luke before killing him by blowing up his car.

As a result of the complaints, Ofcom is investigating whether or not ITV has broken rules on ’appropriate scheduling’ and pre-watershed violence.

A spokesman for ITV said: ‘Pat Phelan is well established as a villain in a long line of murderous Coronation Street villains, and his evil actions won’t have come as a surprise to viewers.

‘The programme is always careful to limit the violence shown to a minimum to convey the drama and tell the story. We have responded to Ofcom.’

If ITV are found to have breached the rules, they could face some sanctions including fines up to £250,000, being banned from repeating certain episodes and having to release a correction or statement.


Coronation Street continues on TV3 tonight at 7.30pm and 8.30pm or you can catch up on Friday's episodes on 3Player now.