Corrie scene to be screened 50 years after filming
A 'Coronation Street' scene, which was deemed too controversial when it was filmed in 1963, will finally be broadcast almost 50 years later
A controversial 'Coronation Street' scene, which was axed in 1963, will finally be shown almost 50 years later.
The footage shows factory worker Sheila Birtles - played by Eileen Mays - attempting suicide by swallowing a bottle of pills after being dumped by her lover before being rescued by neighbours.
However, show bosses deemed the scene too shocking to be broadcast in the more conservative sixties.
A source told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "At the time it was deemed too controversial. But compared to what goes on in soaps these days, I don't think the scene will be very shocking."
Now, a new special 'The Corrie Years' - featuring the most outrageous moments from the show's 50-year history - will be broadcast later this year and will include the suicide bid.
Last year hairdresser Natasha Blakeman - who was played by Rachel Leskovac - attempted suicide after having an abortion.
The crimper was left distraught when she was dumped by Nick Tilsley (Ben Price) on the day she planned to tell him she was expecting his baby.
When she finally broke the news, the factory boss accused her of making up the story to win him back, prompting Natasha to book a termination.
However, the incident sent her spiralling into depression, resulting in the suicide attempt before she left the Street.