ITV has hit back after some angry viewers complained about pre-watershed gay kissing scenes on Coronation Street. Last night some viewers took to Twitter to criticise Corrie for featuring Billy Mayhew and Todd Grimshaw kissing on a bed and discussing sex. The storyline, filmed at Manchester's Hotel Gotham, featured the couple sharing a passionate embrace in a boutique hotel. Todd, played by Bruno Langley, ended up storming out of their room after vicar Billy, who used to date Sean Tully played by Antony Cotton , refused to take things further with him. Hate breeds more hate. By Katie Fitzpatrick.
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H ad he not been gay, Tony Warren reckons that he wouldn't have been equipped to create Coronation Street. A "rather sissified little boy" who grew up in Swinton, greater Manchester, in the 40s and 50s, Warren honed his ear for dialogue by listening to his mother, aunties and grandmother talk in the latter's kitchen, a space free of men in which women could speak freely. Little wonder that he could so ably articulate the hopes and fears of working-class women; and the templates he established 50 years ago are still at the core of Coronation Street, with something of a golden thread linking Elsie Tanner and Becky McDonald, Ena Sharples and Blanche Hunt. Of course, homosexuality was illegal in the UK until I remember getting to my feet in a story conference and saying: 'Gentlemen, I have sat here for two-and-a-half hours and listened to three poof jokes, a storyline dismissed as poofy and an actor described as 'useless for us as he's a poof'. As a matter of fact, he isn't.
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The television watchdog has rejected complaints made about the first ever gay kiss in an episode of Coronation Street. The programme prompted 21 complaints from viewers upset by pre-watershed homosexual scenes when it was broadcast on ITV1 last month, but the ITC said the scene was acceptable and was an attempt to show "a young man's confusion with his sexuality". It said: "Although gay relationships have been shown for many years in other soaps, Coronation Street has always attracted an older audience, who may be less comfortable with this behaviour.
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