Bistro manager Don (Phillip Broadbent) has been continually making racist remarks in Coronation Street, and during tonight’s episode, Ed Bailey (Trevor Michael Georges) takes a stand and confronts him amid the special opening night celebrations.
In tonight’s visit to the cobbles, Don makes yet another racist remark, and Michael (Ryan Russell) struggles to understand why Ed is taking it on the chin — revealing that he believes fights simply aren’t won by people who give up.
Later, the opening party of the Bistro gets underway, and Don continues — but this time he does so in front of the whole Bailey clan, which is the last straw for Ed.
As a result, he makes a stand and challenges him — which results in the whole room falling silent.
Ed reveals how he’s suffered racist abuse all his life, but he’ll never give up the fight to put a stop to it once and for all.
Meanwhile, Michael assures Tianna that there’s no place in this world for racism and he promises her he’ll do everything in his power to make the world a better place for her.
Speaking to Metro.co.uk about the special episode, Corrie boss Iain MacLeod told Metro.co.uk: ‘It was due to transmit on Steven Lawrence day and has been impacted by rescheduling. This was done to run on a particular day.’
‘It was one of our story team who pitched it and it was to do with the racism the Bailey family experience in their day to day work.’
Coronation Street researchers, writers and storyliners consulted with Baroness Lawrence about the episode in question, and she was delighted to act as a script advisor.
She also visited the set with her consultant on the project, Adrian Sykes.
Coronation Street continues Friday 22 May at 7:30pm on ITV.
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