Coronation Street to be rocked by race scandal

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 May 2013
Tony Hirst

Tony Hirst

Coronation Street's upcoming storyline will see Paul Kershaw accused of racism by Lloyd Mullaney, causing a divide among Weatherfield residents

'Coronation Street' will be rocked by a racism scandal storyline.

The ITV soap's Paul Kershaw (Tony Hirst) is going to be accused of racist comments by cab driver Lloyd Mullaney (Craig Charles) after he uses the phrase "playing the white man" in conversation with Steve McDonald (Simon Gregson).

Stuart Blackburn, 'Coronation Street's producer, told the Daily Star newspaper: "There's a point when Paul, in a moment of stupidity and stress, makes one wrong remark.

"It's a remark he dismisses as nothing but what it takes us into is something of pride, loyalty and principle."

The remark is overheard by Lloyd's daughter Jenna Kamara (Krissi Bohn), who hurries to tell her dad.

The race row is set to divide Weatherfield residents into two camps, with the situation worsening for Paul when his girlfriend Eileen Grimshaw (Sue Cleaver) gets caught in the middle of things since she works with both Lloyd and Steve at the taxi office.

Stuart added: "It's a story that's going to ripple through Weatherfield and jeopardise Eileen's relationship not just with Paul but with Steve and Lloyd as well.

"I think it's one of those modern stories that will get everyone talking."

It is likely the incident will lead to Paul's exit from the street, after it was announced actor Tony Hirst would be leaving the show this year.

The topical storyline follows a strong year for the soap, which has been praised for addressing the issue of domestic violence thanks to Tyrone Dobbs (Alan Halsall) and Kirsty Soames' (Natalie Gumede) hard-hitting story.

'Coronation Street' won eight awards, including Best Soap, at the British Soap Awards 2013 last weekend.

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