TV viewers, especially fans of Coronation Street programme are outraged after certain scenes of a vicar high on heroin inside a church sparked controversy.
Viewers of the ITV programme were left furious and shocked when a character compared the effects of heroin to ‘heaven’ after taking the Class ‘A’ drug inside a church.
The offending incident took place during a pre-watershed scene when Daniel Brocklebank’s vicar character, Billy Mayhew was found spinning out on the floor of a church after taking heroin supplied by his own brother.
Lee, his brother (played by Richard Crehan) said: ‘This must be what heaven feels like’ after he took the drug too.
Viewers were outraged by the scene and have aired their opinions and concerns directly to the management and through the Social Media with some calling for production staff to be sacked.
A fan on Twitter said “Coronation Street – drugs – ‘that what heaven feels like’ you disgusting lot. Before 9.00 pm too someone needs to be sacked”.
Another added: ‘and directors (should be) brought before the selection committee.’
The thought process of the writers was also questioned by someone who tweeted: “Not sure the message sends out. ‘What heaven feels like’ @itvcorrie #CoronationStreet”.
Viewers are concerned that faith and religious matters should not be a laughing matter or a cheap way of increasing ratings.
A viewer said: ‘Going too far. Stop trying to deal with heavy issues to pull ratings. You are losing. And how dare you… the programme showing drug abuse and calling it heaven #CoronationStreet.’
Others were concerned about the pre-watershed family programme. “…heroin in a church and is described as being in ‘heaven’. Children watched this long established ‘family’ show. Disgusting irresponsible and disturbing behaviour from Coronation Street and ITV,” one fan blasted.