Corrie hit with Ofcom complaints over Evelyns controversial therapy comment

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Coronation Street has been hit with 275 complaints in relation to comments made by Evelyn Plummer about Play Therapy.

Tyrone Dobbs' outspoken grandmother, played by Maureen Lipman, made the remark during an episode broadcast on August 16.

During the visit to Weatherfield in question, Fiz Stape (Jennie McApline) spent the night in a police cell, sticking to her story that she started the fire which caused the death of Alina Pop's unborn child.

Fans of the ITV soap will remember that Fiz's daughter Hope lit a candle next to Alina's cot last month after growing jealous of her and dad Tyrone having a baby together.

Evelyn urged Tyrone to make Fiz see sense, pointing out that Hope needed professional help.

It's not the first time Evelyn has sparked complaints over the years.

Back in November 2019, Ofcom received 60 complaints about a comment from Evelyn, who was discussing how Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) had given birth to quadruplets.

Evelyn said at the time: "You can't move for twins and triplets these days. At least she did it the old-fashioned way and not through, what's it, IVF."

Some viewers pointed out the comment was "insensitive".

Ofcom revealed in November 2020 that the complaints will be taken on board before the watchdog decides whether to look into any action.

A spokesperson added. "We're assessing these complaints before deciding whether to investigate."

Over the past five years, ITV's Coronation Street has received more Ofcom complaints than any other TV show on British TV.

This amount of complaints grossly outnumbers that of Love Island and Emmerdale.

Many scenes on the Cobbles centre around the Rovers Return Inn, which accounts for the amount of alcohol on show.

One particularly recent storyline was based on drugs and gangs and featured Leanne Battersby and her son Simon Barlow.

Coronation Street, which has been on our screens since the 1960s, came under fire after having cigarettes on display in their Weatherfield shop and often featuring alcohol and drugs in their storylines.

Coronation Street continues Wednesday on ITV at 7.30pm and 8.30pm

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