H ad he not been gay, Tony Warren reckons that he wouldn't have been equipped to create Coronation Street. A "rather sissified little boy" who grew up in Swinton, greater Manchester, in the 40s and 50s, Warren honed his ear for dialogue by listening to his mother, aunties and grandmother talk in the latter's kitchen, a space free of men in which women could speak freely. Little wonder that he could so ably articulate the hopes and fears of working-class women; and the templates he established 50 years ago are still at the core of Coronation Street, with something of a golden thread linking Elsie Tanner and Becky McDonald, Ena Sharples and Blanche Hunt. Of course, homosexuality was illegal in the UK until I remember getting to my feet in a story conference and saying: 'Gentlemen, I have sat here for two-and-a-half hours and listened to three poof jokes, a storyline dismissed as poofy and an actor described as 'useless for us as he's a poof'. As a matter of fact, he isn't.
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Coronation Street 's iconic gay character Todd Grimshaw returns this week, but played by new actor Gareth Pierce - whose on-set family pics have replaced those of predecessor Bruno Langley. Langley, who played Grimshaw on and off from , was fired three years ago following an allegation of sexual assault. But eagle-eyed viewers might have already spotted Pierce in the Grimshaws' front room. Speaking to The Mirror about not copying Langley's performance, Pierce said: "Some of the qualities, some of the instincts that make me unique as an actor, that's what I've been employed to bring to the character now and so I don't want to get drawn into impersonation. Langley was dropped from the show in after being convicted of sexual assault.
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The television watchdog has rejected complaints made about the first ever gay kiss in an episode of Coronation Street. The programme prompted 21 complaints from viewers upset by pre-watershed homosexual scenes when it was broadcast on ITV1 last month, but the ITC said the scene was acceptable and was an attempt to show "a young man's confusion with his sexuality". It said: "Although gay relationships have been shown for many years in other soaps, Coronation Street has always attracted an older audience, who may be less comfortable with this behaviour.
The family moved to Coronation Street in Todd planned to sit his A-Levels, but ended up getting involved with teenage mum Sarah Platt and stayed in Weatherfield for her. Following an affair with nurse Karl Foster , he came out as gay, breaking Sarah's heart as she was pregnant with their son Billy Platt - who sadly died after his premature birth - so Todd left to build a life for himself in London. While living down south, Todd gained legal qualifications which led to a few years of steady work as a law clerk.