Coronation Street pensioners in cannabis scandal

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 February 2013
Barbara Knox

Barbara Knox, who plays Rita Sullivan

A group of 'Coronation Street's pensioners, led by Sylvia Goodwin and Dennis Tanner, will get high on cannabis in a new storyline

Coronation Street's pensioners will get high on cannabis in a new storyline.

The ITV soap's Sylvia Goodwin and Dennis Tanner are set to score the drug from a dealer, before baking it into "space cakes" for them and their friends in a bid to beat the aches and pains of old age.

The plan runs smoothly until Roy (David Nielsen) sells some of the cakes to Kabin owner Rita Sullivan (Barbara Knox) and Norris Cole (Malcolm Hebden) by accident.

Roy rushes over to alert them and has to admit what's really in the cakes, leading to a showdown between Rita, Sylvia (Stephanie Cole) and Dennis (Philip Lowrie), her husband.

Dennis tells Rita: "I know this doesn't look good, but in fairness to Sylvia, and the others, we take the stuff for medicinal purposes.

"We're not harming anyone. Sylvia and I made a mistake, he fact we were in pain doesn't excuse it."

However, Rita cannot be calmed, and rages: "My God! It's a flaming drug den in here. Sylvia, you were trying to get him addicted. She's no better than a pusher."

Sylvia stands her ground, leading Rita to eventually threaten to call in the police.

This is far from the first time cannabis has appeared in soap storylines. In 2003 both 'Coronation Street' and 'EastEnders' coincidentally ran plotlines which featured younger characters using allotments to grow their own cannabis within weeks of each other. Martin Fowler (James Alexandrou) planted cannabis at his allotment in 'EastEnders' while over on ITV, Maz (Emma Rydal) grew the drug on Jack Duckworth's allotment.

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