FERN Britton has blasted Coronation Street’s double murder as “grim” after both Andy and Vinny met their end during Friday night’s double bill.
Corrie viewers compared the gruesome episodes to movie killer Jigsaw from the Saw franchise after watching some of the darkest scenes ever to be shown on the soap.
Last night’s instalment saw evil Pat Phelan persuade Andy Carver to kill Vinny, before finishing Andy off himself.
While fans loved the thrilling episodes and praised the “nail-biting” performances, Fern wasn’t so impressed.
The telly favourite thought two people being shot before the watershed was a bit much of a Friday night and took to Twitter to express her views.
Fern did praise the acting but thought it “too grim” for evening telly.
Oh #corrie yes performances, script and storyline good but ITS NOT CORRIE!
— FernBritton (@Fern_Britton) October 27, 2017
She said: “Oh #Corrie, this is too grim and just not right.
“Oh #corrie yes performances, script and storyline good but ITS NOT CORRIE!”
It comes as fans suggested the writer of the episode might have been watching the Saw movies a little too much as they saw Phelan’s sick torture of Andy reach a horrifying climax.
The Saw films involve a twisted serial killer, Jigsaw, who disposes of his victims by making them “play a little game” – which can involve removing their own limbs or shooting someone else to escape death.
And Coronation Street certainly seemed darker than usual tonight – with Nicola Rubinstein also learning her dad Phelan actually raped her mother rather than, as he claimed, having a fling with her.
But the most disturbing moment came when the twisted villain was heard telling the sobbing wreck Andy to kill Vinny, whispering: “It’s the only way, kid.”
As he’s spent months as Phelan’s prisoner, failing to escape his grasp on numerous occasions, Andy had by this point lost his mind and seemed to believe Vinny had killed his dad Michael.
After driving the men to a terrifying warehouse, Scouse psycho Pat eventually gave Andy a gun and persuaded him to kill Vinny.
Phelan then dumped the bodies in a river – and planted jewellery as evidence at wife Eileen’s taxi firm office.
The episode’s ending, that saw Phelan rejoin wife Eileen and pals in the Rovers, suggested he will frame former rape victim Anna Windass for attempted murder.
This is the first time Pat has shot s Weatherfield resident dead though we have seen him rape, kidnap, cheat and torture people.
Just hours before the murders Pat he was lying through his teeth – denying raping Nicola’s mum during a tense row in the park, calling the night he conceived Nicola a “transaction”.
When Nicola walked away, calling him an “evil rapist”, Phelan screamed and seemed more unhinged than ever before.
These Saw films get more ludicrous with each outing #Corrie
— James Josiah (@donttelltales) October 27, 2017
Vinny and andy are re-enacting the first saw film #corrie
— oliver j (@oleafyjones) October 27, 2017
— Dan Harrison (@DJ_Haribo) October 27, 2017
— Karen (@KarenPVFC) October 27, 2017
Many viewers were so put off by the murder scenes they tweeted that they would not be watching again, with one viewer branding the episodes “predictable, boring and nasty”.
Things looked like they were only going to get more insane – with at least one person dying – as Phelan seemed to be losing his grip on reality after Nicola’s rejection.
- Coronation Street airs Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights on ITV
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