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Coronation Street's abuse storyline is set to carry on until Christmas

por Lasonya Delapena (2020-05-18)


Coronation Street's harrowing abuse storyline involving Yasmeen Nazir and her evil husband Geoff Metcalfe is set to carry on until Christmas.

Viewers were left reeling when Yasmeen (Shelley King) stabbed her husband in the neck after weeks of abuse and then called 999 to tell them she killed Geoff (Ian Bartholomew) but he ended up surviving the attack.

Speaking to The Sun, soap boss Iain MacLeod has revealed Yasmeen's ordeal is not over yet and will last until the end of this year.






Future: Coronation Street's harrowing abuse storyline involving Yasmeen Nazir and her evil husband Geoff Metcalfe is reportedly set to carry on until Christmas


He said: 'The timelines have been shunted due to the lockdown but I think it's fair to imagine that it will be this year.

'What form that comeuppance is is in discussion. We wanted a redemptive ending for Yasmeen obviously and the toughest it's going to get for her is over the next months.






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'It's towards the end of the year but the key thing is to impart the right message. For the sake of the people it has impacted we have to tell the right ending with some positivity.'

MacLeod added that the show does not want to show Geoff in a sympathetic light, but they will delve into the 'psychological elements' of an abuser.






Soap boss Iain MacLeod said: 'The timelines have been shunted due to the lockdown but I think it's fair to imagine that it will be this year. 'What form that comeuppance is is in discussion'


The producer said a large chapter will come that sees Geoff frustrated at his inability to control Yasmeen as the legal proceedings go on.   

It comes after Coronation Street fans were left furious on Monday night after learning Geoff survived being stabbed by Yasmeen.

Following on from Friday's shock scenes, which garnered 276 Ofcom complaints from viewers, Yasmeen called an ambulance after believing she had killed her husband.

But the character was left stunned after later discovering he was still alive, much to the annoyance of viewers at home.


















Hanging in there: Coronation Street fans were left furious on Monday night after learning evil Geoff survived being stabbed by Yasmeen


After hitting out at Geoff in self-defence, Yasmeen was left shaken, terrified and in a state of shock at the thought of killing her partner.

Calling the police in a daze, she told them she had 'killed' him. However, after the paramedics arrived, Yasmeen was left floored to discover that Geoff had survived, before she was eventually carted off by the police.

But viewers watching at home were left outraged by the turn of events, with many believing Geoff deserved to lose his life after what he had put Yasmeen through.






Big shock: Yasmeen was left stunned after later discovering Geoff was still alive, much to the annoyance of viewers at home


Taking to Twitter, fans aired their thoughts, with one writing: 'Can't even believe he's still alive!'

A second asked: 'He's alive? Well that's disappointing.'

A third gobsmacked viewer responded: 'How the hell is Geoff still alive?'

'Not happy that Geoff is still alive. The tyrant must die!' fumed a fourth person.  






Horrified: Following on from Friday's shock scenes, which garnered 276 Ofcom complaints from viewers, Yasmeen called an ambulance after believing she had killed her husband 







Overwhelmed: After hitting out at Geoff in self-defence, Yasmeen was left shaken, terrified and in a state of shock at the thought of killing her partner


'I've never felt so angry that someone's not dead' raged a fifth.

With another adding: 'Geoff still being "alive" is the most unrealistic thing that's happened and absolutely no need for them to continue the storyline further.'

However, there were several others who were glad he survived, as they believe he should face the consequences of his actions. 






Still alive: However, after the paramedics arrived, Yasmeen was left floored to discover that Geoff had survived, before she was eventually carted off by the police














Either way, the nightmare was far from over for Yasmeen as she faced a grilling from the police over what had happened.

But with a terrified Yasmeen unable to open up and reveal the ordeal she's been through, will she go down for murder? 

It comes after Friday night's Coronation Street received 276 Ofcom complaints amid the gruesome scenes between Yasmeen and Geoff.






































Outraged: Viewers watching at home were left outraged by the turn of events, with many believing Geoff deserved to lose his life after what he had put Yasmeen through


The shock episode saw Yasmeen lash out her husband and stab him with a broken wine bottle in harrowing and dramatic scenes following months of verbal and mental abuse.

However, the violent showdown didn't sit well with ITV viewers, with hundreds complaining to the media regulator, with one poignantly remarking on Twitter: 'I'm struggling to remember a more disturbing half hour of soap.'

A spokesperson said: 'We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, but are yet to decide whether or not to investigate.' 






Facing jail? But with a terrified Yasmeen unable to open up and reveal the ordeal she's been through, will she go down for murder?


For months viewers have watched as Geoff continued to mentally abuse his wife Yasmeen and chipped away at her confidence in the coercive control plot that at times has been difficult to watch. 

But Friday night's Coronation Street saw the plot take a violent twist which left fans reeling in shock as Yasmeen finally snapped and attacked her husband. 

The heart-stopping episode saw Geoff continuing to taunt his distressed partner, forcing her to wear a sexy red dress before cruelly revealing that he had brought it for one of his escorts.






Gruesome: The violent showdown between Yasmeen and Geoff didn't sit well with ITV viewers, with hundreds complaining to the media regulator


She was then left horrified when she discovered Geoff had taken money from Speed Daal to pay for Tim and Sally's wedding, while he also suggested that she wasn't missed at her grandson's recent wedding.

After forcing her home, the nightmare continued for Yasmeen as Geoff hurled insults at her and smashed plates on the floor, before menacingly backing her into a corner while brandishing a knife.

Terrified for her life and at her wits end, Yasmeen lashed out with a bottle, slitting his neck in the process.






Drama: The shock episode saw Yasmeen lash out her husband and stab him with a broken wine bottle in harrowing and dramatic scenes following months of verbal and mental abuse







Brutal scenes: Taking to Twitter, viewers aired their thoughts on the episode, with one poignantly admitting: 'I'm struggling to remember a more disturbing half hour of soap'


The episode ended with a Geoff clutching his throat as blood poured out while Yasmeen was paralysed with shock and fear. 

The showstopping scenes left fans on the edge of their seats, with several taking to Twitter to comment on the 'unbearable' and 'harrowing' moments.

'How unbearable to watch. How unbearable to know it's happening in real life #Corrie,' commented one viewer.


















Hard to watch: For months viewers have watched as evil Geoff continued to mock and verbally abuse with Yasmeen in a distressing coercive control plot







Horrible: The heart-stopping episode saw Geoff continuing to taunt his distressed partner, forcing her to wear a sexy red dress before cruelly revealing that he had brought it for one of his escorts


While another put: 'I'm struggling to remember a more disturbing half hour of soap than tonight's Coronation Street. Bloody hell.'

'Can't stop thinking about that episode. It was harrowing to watch and at some point, that hidden camera will come to light - there is a year's worth of proof on it,' tweeted a third.

'#corrie well, that was so realistically hard hitting, most upsetting to grossly physically and mentally destroy someone like that, I would have sorted him out long before it came to that, too real', a fourth disturbed watcher shared.

With another dramatically adding: 'Tonight's #Corrie has got to be one of the most disturbing episodes ever!'

Though many were left horrified by what they saw, several praised the ITV soap for highlighting the domestic abuse that thousands of women and men face at home. 






Danger: After forcing her home, the nightmare continued for Yasmeen as Geoff hurled insults at her and smashed plates on the floor, before menacingly backing her into a corner while brandishing a knife

















Vile: Evil Geoff continued to mock and terrify Yasmeen, backing her into a corner  in disturbing scenes


On Friday Shelley King, who plays Yasmeen, discussed her 'disturbing' domestic abuse storyline during an appearance on This Morning.  

Speaking to Ruth Langsford and Eamonn Holmes via videolink from home, Shelley teased of the scenes: 'This has been going on, it started two years ago. 

'And if you look back at Geoff's first introduction, he is a hail-fellow-well-met and we seem to love him. We all love him, because he's great.

'But it's been a slow drip, a gradual escalation of abuse so it's not an attack, she's defending herself. It's her instinct, she's a cornered animal… she doesn't even know in that instance what is actually happening to her.'






Attack! Terrified for her life and at her wits end, Yasmeen lashed out with a bottle, slitting his neck in the process









Showdown: The episode ends with a Geoff clutching his throat as blood pours out while Yasmeen is paralysed with shock and fear


The soap star added: 'At moments of great stress, operations, accidents. We, in order to survive, can not remember the pain that we are feeling. The incident is blurred. 

'All Yasmeen is thinking of, in the scene that you will see tonight, is her survival and she really can't remember, she is in deep shock. She really can't remember exactly what has happened. All she can remember is Geoff and her being there. 

'Geoff coming to her, the abuse continuing and then he's on the floor. She doesn't even remember the interim.'

Shelley revealed that she worked closely with Women's Aid to tackle the hard-hitting storyline.














































Reaction: The showstopping scenes left fans on the edge of their seats, with several taking to Twitter to comment on the 'unbearable' and 'harrowing' moments


She said: 'I remember asking the people in Women's Aid if there was any sort of repetitive factor in the process of controlling relationships and although they at first said, 'Well no, they are indiscriminate'. 

'The more we talked about it, there was something that emerged and that is that the perpetrator often seems to target an ostensibly strong person because in a lot of instances people who display strength, strength is just a [mechanism] to protect somebody who is quite vulnerable.

'I think if you look back at Yasmeen's history you will see that she is in fact hugely vulnerable. She's lost her husband, she's lost her son, she's lost her grandson, so she's open and it also gives the perporator a greater sense of victory.'


















Hard-hitting: Coronation Street star Shelley King, who plays Yasmeen, discussed her 'disturbing' domestic abuse storyline on Friday's This Morning







She said: 'It's been a slow drip, a gradual escalation of abuse so it's not an attack, she's defending herself. It's her instinct, she's a cornered animal… she doesn't even know in that instance what is actually happening to her.'














Talking about how the hard-hitting storyline has taken a toll on her, Shelley continued: 'I think that whatever you do, whether it's theatre or film, you have to commit yourself totally to research and reality, devozki.com particularly because we are so immediate in so that we don't have huge amounts of rehearsal. 

'And so you really have to immerse yourself and we have been very lucky to have been talking to many many people who have been through this horrible form of abuse. It's disturbing.' 

Next week Yasmeen will be arrested for attempting to kill her husband, leaving her family to try and clear her name by insisting she was trying to defend herself.

If you have been affected by this story, please email helpline@womensaid.org.uk for information and support.

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


















The nightmare continues: Next week Yasmeen will be arrested for attempting to kill her husband, leaving her family to try and clear her name by insisting she was trying to defend herself 




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