An up and coming storyline on ITV’s Coronation Street has taken a interestingly dark turn. Centralising around the naive teenager, Bethany Platt, it addresses her being groomed by an older man. The plot has divided the show’s writers but was overall praised by Barnardo’s and NSPCC Children’s charities. Some thought that it was too far for a Soap that is pre-Watershed and have worried about the impact on younger viewers.
However, what the show wanted to do is raise awareness of this situation. They have demolished the stereotype of what a paedophile may look like to show how it is not black and white. Both actors and writers have worked closely with experts to make it as truthful as possible. So far, it has been handled in a sensitive way, even if it has been difficult for the actors.
Over the past few months, we have seen Bethany (Lucy Fallon) slowly being groomed by Nathan Curtis (Chris Harper) ever since he found her unconscious on Christmas Day. Viewers were shocked to discover his assistant Mel do his biddings by acting as a friend to Bethany and getting her drunk in last Friday’s episodes so he could lure her into his flat! Poor Bethany hasn’t had an easy ride since returning to the street from Spain with Mum Sarah. Sarah has had her own major storylines, getting pregnant at just 13 which was highly controversial at the time. The 16-year-old has a tendency to fall for older men as seen previously with Mum’s boyfriend, Gary.
It has been revealed that both Nathan and Mel are part of a Paedophile ring. Scenes will include Bethany being surrounded by older men in Nathan’s flat and Mel encouraging Bethany to get the contraceptive implant, so she can’t get pregnant. This will make for uncomfortable but necessary viewing.
The actors who play Bethany and Nathan talk about the issues during an interview on ITV’S Lorraine. See here:http:// http://www.mirror.co.uk/tv/tv-news/bethany-platt-actress-lucy-fallon-9877911
Coronation Street airs – Mondays 7.30pm & 8.30pm, Wednesdays 7.30am and Friday 7.30pm & 8.30pm.
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