Plus Sacha Parkinson’s anger at “only for ratings” accusations
In upcoming episodes of Corrie, viewers will be shocked to see Carla Connor (Alison King) subjected to an horrific attack, during which she will be raped.
The scenes, which are being filmed next week, will see Carla’s vicious boyfriend Frank Foster (Andrew Lancel) attacking her after she first accepts his proposal of marriage, then calls off the engagement.
There’s more violence to follow too because when Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) learns what’s happened, he attacks Frank!
In the aftermath though, Carla and Maria (Samia Smith) will rekindle their friendship after Maria tells Carla that she knows how she feels. Frank of course attempted to rape Maria some months ago.
The Sun states, “Carla will be seen as she cowers in a foetal position, with a torn skirt and bruised wrists.
“Sick Frank will then try to convince her that the rape was HER fault.”
A Corrie source said, “These scenes will be uncomfortable to watch to say the least – but you don’t see the actual rape because that might be too disturbing for younger viewers.”
The show’s bosses and actress Alison have been working closely with rape support groups to make sure the storyline is as realistic as possible.
The source added, “This is such a sensitive subject and it’s important to get it right.”
The plot will also see Carla going to hospital for tests for sexually transmitted infections, and Frank will be ordered to give cops a DNA sample.
The insider added. “The storyline is very gritty and realistic. It’s lacking the comic and homely touch Corrie is famous for.
“However, storylines are planned so far in advance bosses can’t just scrap scenes to make things lighter immediately.”
In other news Coronation Street’s Sacha Parkinson has revealed that it angers her that some viewers think her storyline as the lesbian lover of Sophie Webster (Brooke Vincent) is only in order to boost viewing figures.
19 year old Sacha told the Daily Star, “A taxi driver told me he thought it was ridiculous that the show felt it needed to grab viewers with the whole lesbian thing.
“I got angry and told him it was nothing to do with ratings. It’s about two people in love.
“Surely it’s important that soaps are realistic? So many people are going through the same situation.
“Corrie reflects society, straight and gay. Sophie and Sian’s story is a love story. It just involves two girls.”
Sacha, who is leaving the show later this year, joked that as her exit storyline, Sophie may murder Sian.
She added, “I am proud to have been part of Coronation Street history. It’s the right time in my life to move on.
“I’ve been told they’ll be leaving the door open for me but you never know for sure what’s going to happen.
“I mean, Sophie could bump Sian off – you really don’t know.”
More Corrie news soon!