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PremierLeague-News.Com- Producer Iain MacLeod says it was always the plan to have goth Nina at the centre of its heartbreaking hate crime storyline
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Coronation Street boss Iain MacLeod is hoping that its heartbreaking storyline about the hate attack on Nina Lucas and Seb Franklin will help to bring about important change in society. The soap is working with The Sophie Lancaster Foundation, launched in memory of goth Sophie Lancaster who was murdered in a park for the way she looked, on the story to explore social intolerance and prejudice. In scenes airing tonight on the ITV1 soap young couple Seb and Nina will be violently assaulted similar to what happened to Sophie in 2007 when she and her boyfriend Robert Maltby were set upon. As a consequence of the attack in Stubbylee Park, Bacup 20-year-old Sophie died from her injuries. Nina and Seb are set upon by the gang (Image: ITV) Sophie’s mum Sylvia set up the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in her daughter’s memory to focus on creating respect for, and understanding of, subcultures in our communities. Iain said about the soap storyline: "It's a story about intolerance and the reaction to that of all the protagonists is the texture of the story and the substance of the plot going forward." Goth Nina, played by Mollie Gallagher, and her builder boyfriend Seb, played by Harry Visinoni, are out walking when teenage thug Corey Brent and a gang of drunken mates including Kelly Neelan corner and goad the pair. The couple are chased (Image: ITV) As Corey hurls abuse, Kelly slaps cafe worker Nina after being egged on by the crowd. Seb and Nina hurry away but the gang gives chase and they're subjected to an unprovoked attack. Explaining why the show is airing the powerful storyline Iain said it was always the intention to centre it around Nina who arrived in Weatherfield in November 2019 as the niece of Roy Cropper. Roy took her into his care after the death of his brother Richard who he tracked down after the death of his mother Sylvia Goodwin. Seb and Nina have found love (Image: ITV) Iain said: "A couple of years ago it must have been now, a story of this type was floating round the writer's room and it just felt like it was something that really needed to be told. "We can be quite an agenda-setting genre and it felt like the message of this story around tolerance and inclusion, and the need now more so than ever, was incredibly pressing. "In fact, as far as the introduction of Nina we knew this was the direction this story was going to take so it all began with the death of Roy's mother some years ago now." Fans have recently delighted in seeing kind-hearted Nina fall in love with Seb after splitting from Asha Alahan. Sylvia Lancaster remembers her daughter Sophie (Image: Manchester Evening News) Asha is now back with bully Corey who has previously taunted his girlfriend over her close relationship with Nina. "We embedded her as deeply in the show as we possibly could with a view to doing this story with her," said Iain. "We thought it would be really powerful with a character we'd fallen in love with over a number of years being in the middle of something so heartbreaking and tragic and visceral.
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Coronation Street's producer Iain MacLeod
"The world is not cured of intolerance, far from it so it felt like a really powerful, important story for our audience." He added: "Maybe some of our audience when they first met Nina they will have thought that she was a bit unusual, maybe would have seen the way she presents herself as a bit of a barrier to liking her. "You may also remember when she first came in we did play some of the casual intolerance, or I suppose bullying you might call it. "There was a scene when a character came into the cafe waiting to be served and Nina appeared and they visibly recoiled from her. "We were quite keen we would play from the start the reality of how people may see her without knowing her then peel away the layers and get to know her very gradually and see she's just like any other teenager really.
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"Mollie has been very effectively delivering that for us as in she feels like a very rounded, very relatable, very likeable character.
"It felt like the love story with Seb as well made this the right time to embark on this next chapter of the story.
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"We wanted to make it somebody who was connected to Roy because he in his relationship with Hayley was exposed to quite a lot of prejudice and intolerance as well." Iain, who became producer of the long-running soap in 2018, is hoping the storyline will change people's preconceptions about alternative cultures and the way society deals with the persecution of people with alternative cultures. He also hopes the tragic scenes, which will trigger months of ongoing story with the younger soap characters, will lead to a change in the way crimes of this type are prosecuted. And he says it's 'heartening' to think it could could bring about some positive change as a result of working with The Sophie Lancaster Foundation.
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