Viewers complain about Coronation Street gay kiss

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 February 2014
Todd Grimshaw and Marcus Dent

Todd Grimshaw and Marcus Dent

Ofcom has received numerous complaints about a "sexually suggestive" gay kiss between Todd Grimshaw and Marcus Dent on 'Coronation Street'

'Coronation Street' has sparked outrage over a gay kiss scene.

The ITV soap featured a raunchy half-naked embrace between Todd Grimshaw (Bruno Langley) and Marcus Dent (Charlie Condou) last week, which caused around 100 viewers to complain to Ofcom because the "sexually suggestive" scene aired before 8pm when many children were watching.

The steamy episode saw openly gay Todd finally seduce Marcus after pursuing him for weeks and the pair were shown heading into the bedroom after kissing on the sofa.

While most of the complaints were about the risqué scene being broadcast before the watershed, some were more homophobic in content.

Ofcom has now confirmed to the Daily Star newspaper that it received a number of complaints and it will assess whether any broadcasting guidelines had been broken.

An insider insisted to the paper: "The vast majority of the audience have no trouble with this. It's real."

This isn't the first time Todd has caused controversy on the show, emerging as Weatherfield's first gay character and initially leaving the street in 2005 after he came out to then girlfriend Sarah Platt (Tina O'Brien).

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