Coronation Street icon says soap is 'in crisis' as he blasts 'world issue' storylines

Sean Wilson is set to return to Coronation Street
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Coronation Street's Sean Wilson has voiced his opinions about viewer figures dropping off in recent years following his exit from the show almost two decades ago.

Initially portraying Martin Platt between the years of 1985 and 2005, the 59 year old actor briefly reprised his role in 2018. Wilson brought to light that the decline in viewing numbers might be due to a shift in the writer's motivations, moving towards addressing global problems rather than focusing primarily on entertainment.

He commented: "I think the world of soaps is a different vehicle nowadays. I think I was part of the British soap industry at the best time, the halcyon years when there were 18 or 21 million people watching it."

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Sean Wilson
Sean once said the soap was in "crisis" -Credit:Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images

He reminisced: "You could walk down the street on a Wednesday or a Friday and you could hear people laughing with their windows open because of the great writing and the great acting was really speaking to the nation. I don't think it does that so much nowadays", as reported by the Daily Star.

Furthermore, he proposed that viewer choices have broadened considerably offering a multitude of channels, thus spreading viewers across various shows, reports the Express.

Wilson elucidated: "People don't have to watch it anymore. They were all segwayed together; you were five minutes from laughing and five minutes from crying. Nowadays it seems very much issue-centric, they're trying to solve the world's issues, which they're not going to do."

Martin Platt could return to the cobbles
Martin and Gail were together for years -Credit:ITV/REX/Shutterstock

Wilson bid farewell to the show in 2005 having disagreed with a proposed storyline entailing his character engaging in a relationship with an underage girl, though fans did see him return for a short time in 2018.

However, it's been hinted that Sean may be making a comeback to Coronation Street soon, as part of the exit storyline for Gail Platt, played by Helen Worth, according to The Sun.

Gail and Martin were a couple for ten years, their love story beginning after the demise of Gail's husband Brian Tilsley. They later welcomed their son David.

Helen Worth and Sean Wilson in character as Gail Rodwell and Martin Platt in television soap Coronation Street, circa 1989
Helen Worth and Sean worked together on the soap -Credit:TV Times/Getty

Sean, who has since launched his own cheesemaking venture post-Coronation Street, expressed last year his openness to reprising his role as Martin.

"I made it clear that I could be turned, but now it's 2023 and nothing has happened," he shared with the Manchester Evening News.

"The writers decided to send me to New Zealand, so maybe they're trying to tell me something. I am busy writing books, but of course, I would give it some thought."