Former Coronation Street star Charlie Lawson has claimed the ITV soap could be axed in ten years.
The 63-year-old actor, who played Jim McDonald between 1989 and 2000, said he believes viewership has dropped as fans are “tired” of the “woke” storylines.
He told the Daily Star: “I was there for 11 years in the 90s and we had between 16 and 20 million – and 5 million (viewers now) isn’t a lot.
‘People are getting a bit flabbergasted’: Ex-Corrrie star Charlie Lawson has claimed the ITV soap could be CANCELED in ten years as fans are ‘fed up’ with ‘woke’ storylines (pictured in 2019)
“Who knows if we’ll have Coronation Street in 10 years, we’re all changing our viewing habits as we already are,” Charlie added of the competition from streaming services.
When asked about a recent story in which Max Turner (played by Paddy Bever) is groomed by far-right extremists, he said: “People get a little flabbergasted and fed up with all of this. Jim wasn’t exactly politically correct, anyway, wake up!’
Earlier this year, Charlie found himself at the heart of a heated debate that turned the topic of soaps into a box-ticking exercise.
Talented: The 63-year-old actor played Jim McDonald between 1989 and 2000 (pictured with Beverley Callard in 1998).
He appeared on GB News alongside former Weatherfield compatriot Sherrie Hewson and Brookside’s Tina Malone.
And Charlie didn’t thin his words when journalist and broadcaster Dan Wootton started the conversation about Awakening,
He admitted he’s “desperate” at the constant stream of “new things you can’t do and things you can do.”
Opinions: Earlier this year, Charlie found himself at the center of a heated debate that turned the topic of soaps into a box-ticking exercise
He said: “We’re great at being a silent majority in this damn country on a lot of things and I try not to be that, to my detriment.”
“There’s always new things you can’t do and you can do and I despair and that’s going through society in my humble opinion.”
The Northern Irishman claimed that ‘ticking boxes’ causes viewers to ‘switch off’ and firmly believes there are people who are clear about what they want to watch.
“I hope to God Corrie and EastEnders or whatever, Emmerdale Farm will be there in 10 years, but I think people are starting to switch off because there’s so much black ink ticking boxes, and I mean that across the television industry .
“There’s a silent majority out there that just wants to say, excuse my French, they want to say, ‘Fuck it, I want to see what I want to see,'” he raged.
Charlie’s Coronation Street character was temporarily confined to a wheelchair in 1998 after an altercation with son Steve that resulted in him falling off scaffolding.
Speaking of which, the Northern Irishman claimed that ‘checking boxes’ causes viewers to ‘switch off’ and firmly believes there are people who are clear about what they want to watch
On representing a disabled person — and how he thinks it’s different from today — Charlie said, “I mean, just the thought that even back then someone would be like, ‘Oh my God, we can’t have an y actress in a wheelchair.’ “Because it’s just crazy.
“I was lucky enough to play Jim McDonald and I was in a wheelchair for eight months and these are the best scenes you’ve seen in your b****y life.”
He continued, “Or when I had scenes with Elizabeth Bradley, they were well written and I don’t think anybody joked a flying fiddler about the two actors being able to go around and do whatever they wanted. “
Charlie concluded, “It would be difficult for the character I’ve long played on Coronation Street to respond to someone who identifies as a flowerpot, or who they wanted to identify with.”
Tina, 59, meanwhile, opined that soap operas should “reflect reality” and that doesn’t automatically mean they’re “woke”.
Charlie first hit the cobbles in 1989 and was a regular for 11 years. He made brief comebacks between 2003 and 2018.
Debut: Charlie first walked the cobbles (pictured) in 1989 and was a regular for 11 years. He made brief comebacks between 2003 and 2018
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