'Coronation Street' under fire for abuse storyline as Ofcom gets 359 complaints

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A frantic Geoff Metcalfe [IAN BARTHOLOMEW], rummages in the sideboard and is relieved to find Yasmeen's passport. Yasmeen Metcalfe [SHELLEY KING] lets herself in. When she explains that she's been for a walk with Alya, Geoff crumbles and admits he thought she'd left him and he couldn't cope at the thought of life without her. Slightly baffled, Yasmeen goes to comfort him. (ITV Plc)
A frantic Geoff Metcalfe [IAN BARTHOLOMEW], rummages in the sideboard and is relieved to find Yasmeen's passport. Yasmeen Metcalfe [SHELLEY KING] lets herself in. When she explains that she's been for a walk with Alya, Geoff crumbles and admits he thought she'd left him and he couldn't cope at the thought of life without her. Slightly baffled, Yasmeen goes to comfort him. (ITV Plc)

Coronation Street has been hit with 359 Ofcom complaints following disturbing scenes in the domestic abuse storyline between Geoff Metcalfe and his wife, Yasmeen.

Fans were horrified last week after scenes showed Geoff – who’s played by Ian Bartholomew in the ITV soap – killed Yasmeen’s beloved pet chicken, Charlotte, and then watched as she ate it.

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When he revealed his latest cruel trick, Yasmeen (Shelley King) headed out into the garden where she started sobbing uncontrollably.

It was too much for many viewers to bear and Ofcom revealed yesterday the amount of complaints they’d received.

Yasmeen and Geoff argue over food in Coronation Street
Yasmeen and Geoff argue over food in Coronation Street

Long suffering Yasmeen accidentally infuriated her abusive husband by not including any meat in his supper.

She pleaded that she couldn’t afford any after he put her on a strict housekeeping budget, despite Yasmeen being a co-owner of restaurant Speed Dahl.

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A livid Geoff then scraped his veggie dinner into the bin and ordered Yas upstairs while he sorted the meat situation.

Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) serves up Yasmeen's (Shelley King) pet chicken Charlotte in Coronation Street.
Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) serves up Yasmeen's (Shelley King) pet chicken Charlotte in Coronation Street.

He then stormed into the garden calling Charlotte, leaving viewers in no doubt about what he was going to do next.

Geoff was later seen serving poor Charlotte up to Yasmeen, roasted. He taunted her by asking if her meal was too dry.

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He said: “I thought she might be a bit dry being an older bird” before raising a glass and toasting Charlotte for feeding them one last time.

Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) makes a toast as he watches Yasmeen (Shelley King) eat her pet chicken, Charlotte.
Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) makes a toast as he watches Yasmeen (Shelley King) eat her pet chicken, Charlotte.

Yasmeen fled the room in horror while fans took to Twitter to voice their discomfort at the shocking scenes.

Coronation Street continues Wednesday at 7.30pm on ITV.


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