Stephen Lawrence tragedy inspires special Corrie episode

Coronation Street has teamed up with Baroness Doreen Lawrence on a storyline which will shine a light on the damaging effects of racist verbal abuse. 

The episodes in question — which are due to air next week — were initially meant to be transmitted on Stephen Lawrence Day (April 22), but the rationing of the instalments that were completed prior to the Coronavirus lockdown has resulted in them being displaced.

During the episodes, Ed Bailey (Trevor Michael Georges) finds himself on the receiving end of racist abuse.

The builder does his best to rise above comments made by new Bistro manager Don, who oversees the refurbishment work that he and son Michael (Ryan Russell) have carried out.

As the week progresses, the racial abuse gets worse, and both Michael and James (Nathan Graham) are left in shock at their dad’s attitude, and they’re baffled as to why he’s letting Don away with his unacceptable comments.

However, it becomes clear there is a generational difference of opinion about dealing with what Don sees as jokey banter, but are evidently racist comments. 

Later, the opening of the new Bistro arrives, and conflict ensues during the event, as Ed finally confronts Don, as his comments are now directed at the rest of the Bailey clan.

The storyline will also explore how Don’s attitude makes Ed think about his own prejudices towards son James’ sexuality.

Coronation Street researchers, writers and storyliners consulted with Baroness Lawrence about the episodes in question, and she was delighted to act as a script advisor.

She also visited the set with her consultant on the project, Adrian Sykes.

Producer Iain Macleod said: ‘It is a huge privilege to have someone of the standing of Baroness Lawrence consult with us on this episode. I really believe that her input, and the contributions of the cast playing the Bailey family as we workshopped the scripts, have resulted in an episode with real weight and authenticity.’

Coronation Street continues Monday 11 May at 7:30pm on ITV.

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