Coronation Street planning controversial 'Muslim extremist' storyline
It is being reported that the producers of Coronation Street are considering introducing a Muslim extremist plot to the popular soap.
According to a report in today's Sun, the bosses behind the ITV show are anxious to keep the show relevant to modern life.
They quote a source who says: “With all that is going on in the world now, this is a very relevant issue and it is only right that we should be seriously considering it.
“Corrie always tries to replicate real life and we are never scared from tackling controversial storylines.
“That is what we are renowned for and we make sure we do it with complete sensitivity.
“We are aware of the level of responsibility we have to show whenever we do anything like this.
“There have been some real debates about whether it is the right thing to do, but if we can find a sensitive way to handle it that works before the watershed, then we will start putting the wheels in motion.”
The report goes on to say that if a character was to become an extremist it would be a new member of the cast and not one of the show's existing team of actors.
If the plan does go ahead, it is sure to be controversial.