Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod has opened up about how the horrific attack on Nina and Seb will deal a devastating impact on Weatherfield and its residents.
Nina Lucas, played by Mollie Gallagher, and Seb Franklin (Harry Visioni) will be brutally attacked by villain Corey and his gang and left for dead tonight.
Both are rushed to hospital, but Seb’s future is uncertain as doctors tell mum Abi that his test results have come back as inconclusive.
The attack will have huge impact on Corrie’s residents for the rest of the year as police investigate what happened on that fateful day.
Executive producer Iain has confirmed that the story will pull in a number of residents, with “neighbour pit against neighbour” and draw in conflicts about class.
Speaking about the upcoming scenes ahead of this evening’s episodes, Iain told the Mirror and other news outlets: “It will run and run and run, this story. It’s one of those things where a really shocking inciting incident triggers months and months of story repeating under cast at the centre of it. And everything that I’ve seen is just knockout.
“It draws in a lot of different families and in the best tradition of Coronation Street storylining, it pits neighbour against neighbour and in some cases, husband against spouse and all of those interesting areas of conflict. It becomes partly about class as well, going forwards.
“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 and there are interesting elements to it that we draw into the story as it unfolds.
“But yeah, at its core we wanted it to be a story about showing the horrific intolerance that can face people purely on the basis of how they look like, perhaps, or what music they might listen to or what subculture they identify with and that is the core of the storyline, right at the finish line. It’s a story about intolerance and the reaction to that.”
The Corrie boss also praised the younger cast taking on the story, hailing them as “phenomenal” and admitted that they may have considered telling the story in a different way if they weren’t up to the task.
He said: “They’re phenomenal. I mean, whether they’re playing the more sympathetic characters where they’re doing it with incredible heart and nuance and those of them playing the less sympathetic characters and they’ve just gone at it with the incredible professionalism that would be a credit to actors that have been in the business for years and years and years.
“The performance level – most importantly – is incredibly high and I guess that if you’re telling a story, albeit it does draw in Roy and Abi and Kevin and the older cohort – ‘the heritage characters’ – ultimately it is rooted in a series of incidences that occur within this younger group of characters.
“Therefore, they’re carrying a huge responsibility with this story and they’re just outstanding across the board. I feel like the younger cast are pitch perfect and I suppose, were they not, would we have thought twice about telling this story? Maybe we would have told it slightly differently, who knows.”
*Coronation Street airs Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7.30pm and 8.30pm on ITV