Corrie in ‘crisis’ and fans ‘have no reason to tune in’, says former soap icon

Corrie legend Sean Wilson waved goodbye to Weatherfield 19 years back as Martin Platt but is he set to return to the ITV soap?

The telly veteran, famously known for his stint on the cobbles from 1985 till his exit in 2005 with a short spell back on our screens in 2018, once said Corrie’s dip is down to scriptwriters’ fixation with global issues rather than just giving the audience some good old entertainment.

Chatting about how things have shifted, the seasoned star expressed: “I think the world of soaps is a different vehicle nowadays. I think I was part of the British soap industry at the best time, the halcyon years when there were 18 or 21 million people watching it.”


Sean previously said: “You could walk down the street on a Wednesday or a Friday and you could hear people laughing with their windows open because of the great writing and the great acting was really speaking to the nation. I don’t think it does that so much nowadays”, in an exclusive chat with the Daily Star.

Corrie legend Sean Wilson waved goodbye to Weatherfield 19 years back as Martin Platt but is he set to return to the ITV soap? (Image: Internet Unknown)
But the ex-Weatherfield favourite doesn’t just pin it on storylines he reckons there’s too much tele to pick from these days, what with the explosion of channels, reports the Express.Sean Wilson

Sean said: “People don’t have to watch it anymore. They were all segwayed together; you were five minutes from laughing and five minutes from crying. Nowadays it seems very much issue-centric, they’re trying to solve the world’s issues, which they’re not going to do.”

The actor once discussed the soap’s decline in viewing figures (Image: (Image: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images))
He left the show in 2005 after disagreeing with a storyline that would’ve seen Martin get involved with a young girl which he disagreed with but he did pop back for a bit back in 2018.

Sean is now rumoured to be making a comeback to the cobbles soon for Helen Worth’s exit storyline, who plays Gail Platt, according to The Sun.

Gail and Martin were hitched for ten years, their love story beginning after the demise of Gail’s husband Brian Tilsley. They later welcomed their son David. Sean, who has embarked on a cheesemaking venture since his departure from Coronation Street, expressed last year that he’d be open to reprising his role as Martin.

Helen Worth and Sean Wilson in character as Gail Rodwell and Martin Platt in television soap Coronation Street, circa 1989

“I made it clear that I could be turned, but now it’s 2023 and nothing has happened,” he shared with the Manchester Evening News. “The writers decided to send me to New Zealand, so maybe they’re trying to tell me something. I am busy writing books, but of course, I would give it some thought.”

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