CORONATION Street legend Sean Wilson has slammed the soap for losing its humour while “trying to solve world issues”.
The TV star, who played Martin Platt on the TV soap from 1985 to 2005, said he’s not surprised that Corrie has lost millions of viewers.
Sean, 58, said the writers have replaced the soap’s funny storylines, in a bid to focus on less relatable topics, which have failed to attract their target audience.
“You could walk down the street on a Wednesday or a Friday and hear people laughing with their windows open because of the great writing and the great acting,” he told the Daily Star.
“Nowadays it seems very much issue-centric…they’re trying to solve the world’s issues, which they’re not going to.”
Sean insisted the Corrie viewers would prefer to tune in for storylines about affairs and neighbourly feuds than constantly be lectured to.
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He quitting Weatherfield when he was told his character of 21 years was going to seduce an underage girl.
Back in December, Sean hinted at a possible TV comeback.
He left the show in 2005 to instead focusing on a different passion of his – food.
Sean has gained a reputation for being involved in the making and production of cheese as well as turning his hand to all different types of cookery.
Now, the actor has admitted that he is planning to merge the two together for a first class TV show.
He revealed that he was in talks with the Discovery Channel about launching his own programme with them.
He has released a series of cookbooks as well as making many guest TV appearances in relation to his cheese business in the years since leaving Weatherfield.
The actor stunned the nation when he first announced his move into the world of cheese-making but it has turned out to be a triumph for the star with him going on to become an acclaimed entrepreneur in the field.
He previously told chat show host Graham Norton about his work and said: “Cheese is my passion, and I make Lancashire cheeses, so they’re very much under the banner of territorial cheeses, which then takes you to the history of British cheese.
“We have Lancashire, Cheshire, Wensleydale, Stilton, double Gloucester and your single Gloucester and then Cheddar. They’re Britain’s oldest cheeses.”