CORONATION Street boss Iain Macleod has teased the dramatic and devastating aftermath of Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin’s attack.
The executive producer opened up about the harrowing storyline that will see the couple attacked by Corey Brent’s gang of thugs tonight.
The attack leaves Seb and Nina fighting for their livesCredit: ITV
But as well as being a tragic and hard-hitting attack, it will spark months of major clashes on the cobbles.
Speaking to The Sun and other media, Iain said: “It draws in lots of different families and in the best tradition of Coronation Street storytelling pits neighbour against neighbour and in some case husband against spouse, all of those interesting areas of conflict.
“It becomes partly about class going forward, I mean I can’t say too much about that but in terms of how the criminal investigation unfolds it becomes about class and background and privilege.”
Viewers know rich Corey will be prime suspect as will foster kid Kelly Neelan.
Nina’s life hangs in the balance this weekCredit: ITV
Corrie boss Iain teased the dramatic aftermathCredit: PA
The storyline was inspired by the murder of Sophie Lancaster in 2007 after she died following an unprovoked attack.
Iain added: “There are interesting elements that we draw into the story as it unfolds.
“At its core we wanted it to be a story about showing horrific intolerance that can face people purely on the basis of what they look like, or what music they might listen to or what subculture they might identify with and that is the core of the story until the finish line.
“It is a story about intolerance and the reaction to that of all of the protagonists is the texture of the story and the substance of the plot going forward.”
The soap has worked with Sophie’s mum Dr Sylvia Lancaster to raise as much awareness as possible about hate crimes.
Iain added: “All I’d say is how incredibly grateful we were to have Sylvia’s input on the story.
“I hope what we put on screen does justice to Sylvia’s own story and I hope it does cause people to sit back and think at how they view people and perhaps how they might make snap judgements based on essentially secondary characteristics.
“It’s the human being that matters not what they look like and if we can achieve that I’d be incredibly pleased. I hope the story is thought provoking and successful.”
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