Coronation Street Janice Battersby legend slams horrific dead baby story for Toyah

Toyah, Les, Janice and Leanne Battersby in Coronation Street

The Battersby family arrived in 1997 (Picture: ITV)

Former Coronation Street star Vicky Entwistle has hit out at an upcoming storyline that will see Toyah Habeeb (Georgia Taylor) reveal she buried a stillborn child at a local park 20 years ago.

The actress, 55, first appeared as gobby Janice Battersby in 1997 and was later joined by her layout husband Les (Bruce Jones) and their daughters Leanne (Jane Danson) and Toyah.

She departed the show in 2011 and has recently starred in Channel 4 soap Ackley Bridge and BBC drama Casualty.

One of her biggest storylines is set to be revisited in coming weeks as Toyah confides in her family that following a sexual assault in 2001, she miscarried a baby and hastily buried it at the Red Rec.

Many fans have already expressed extreme distaste at the update in the shocking plot line, which was considered one of the ITV soap’s most controversial at the time.

The brutal attack aired in 2001, to huge backlash (Picture: ITV)

This isn’t the first time Vicky has hit out at her former colleagues’ work (Picture: ITV)

At Easter 2001, Toyah enjoyed a night out with mechanic Sam Kingston (Scott Wright), but on her way home was raped and brutally left for dead in the ginnel behind Coronation Street. 

After being discovered by Jason Grimshaw (Ryan Thomas), she revealed the ordeal to her mum and a number of potential suspects were lined up as her attacker.

The callous move was highly criticised by the national press, who despite praising Georgia Taylor’s performance, called the decision to turn the traumatic narrative into a ‘who-dunnit?’ mystery a dangerous move.

The new story looks set to retroactively change the narrative of the original plot line, as in original broadcasts she was seen to be advised to take the morning after pill.

Well we tried to make our moments as real as they could possibly be, didn’t we?! @Brucejonesnew
I guess we failed. 😢
Who knew digging up dead babies would become the highlight of ITV’s tea time slot!!! 🤦‍♀️

— Vicky Entwistle (@vicky_entwistle) April 4, 2024

In the early hours of this morning (4th April), Vicky chipped in her opinion on the upcoming episodes, taking to X/Twitter to pose a question to co-star Bruce Jones.

‘Well we tried to make our moments as real as they could possible be, didn’t we Bruce?!’ she began.

‘I guess we failed. Who knew [that] digging up dead babies would become the highlight of ITV’s tea time slot!!!’

I have apologised to @RealJaneDanson this morning. Rightly so. She is a wonderful Actress! My tweet was childish & hurtful. I realise that & am truly sorry for any hurt I may have caused. 😢

— Vicky Entwistle (@vicky_entwistle) November 28, 2020

This isn’t the first time that Vicky has weighed in on episodes, having criticised writers involved in the heartbreaking death of Oliver Battersby, Leanne’s son, in 2020.

In a since deleted tweet, she wrote: ‘Imagine if …read more

Source:: Metro


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