Coronation Street has once again come under fire with fans after Ofcom recieved a number of complaints over steamy scenes with Billy Mayhew and Paul Foreman.
The storyline in question saw the duo, played by Daniel Brocklebank and Peter Ash, going through a rough time with their sex life. Paul has been suffering from Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and found his illness getting progressively worse, while Billy has been having issues with erectile dysfunction.
With significant strain on their romance, life between the sheets has been practically non-existent for the newly-married couple. Paul, had been particularly frustrated in previous episodes - especially after being more or less wheel-chair bound.
After many attempts to win Billy's affections had failed, it seemed on the November 15 episode that the twosome were finally at peace with one another after enjoying a steamy encounter. The intimate scene was not shown but the aftermath did get air-time.
In the racy moment, the pair appear to be semi-naked together under the covers as Paul joked to his husband about never using his muscles. With Billy responding: "You weren't saying that 10 minutes ago."
Fans were not happy being exposed to the detail of the couple's romance and took to the watchdog to air their grievances. Ofcom confirmed on Wednesday (November 22) that they'd had 52 complaints about the episode last week.
Over on Twitter - now known as X - there were just as many negative flowing comments, with one person writing: "We do NOT need to hear about Paul and Billy’s sex life." With another online user adding: “Do not really wanna hear about Paul and Billy's sex life thank you."
Last month, Billy discovered his partner Paul had secretly arranged for a church wedding, which was much to his delight after having a religious upbringing. But, a snap of the newly happy couple at the altar was accidentally left in the church and caused quite a stir for Billy.
Actors Daniel and Peter have been praised for their roles on the cobbles previously, with many happy with the pair and ITV chiefs for highlighting how far same sex marriages still have to go in the UK. Daniel told Digital Spy that there was still lots of work to be done.
He said: "Yes, of course – Billy was a bit disappointed because he's a religious character. If you go back through his journey in Corrie, there were lines where he was very much insistent on not getting married because he didn't want to do it in a secular service. He wanted to do it in a religious service.
"But of course, the Church of England rules don't allow same-sex couples to get married in a religious setting. I am old enough to remember when we couldn't get married at all, so we are moving in the right direction."
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