Corrie is the most-complained-about soap of past year

Ben Lee
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From Digital Spy

Coronation Street may be gripping viewers most nights of the week, but it's also the most-complained-about soap.

Viewers sent complaints about Corrie to Ofcom more times in the 12-month period ending March 2017 than any of its rival soaps, including EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.

In total, the cobbles attracted 1,204 complaints (up from 154 during the previous year) – although this has been skewed slightly by the fact that a large percentage (around 40%) came from one single episode – 473 over Eva Price's racially-insensitive "more roots than Kunta Kinte" comment.

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"I have more roots than Kunta Kinte," she said back in August 2016, venting her frustration about her hair at Audrey Roberts's salon. "No idea who that is, by the way, just something my mum used to say."

Despite the controversy, Ofcom did clear the comment, saying that it "reflected the foolishness, and lack of sensitivity and cultural awareness, of her character".

"For her to speak in this thoughtless fashion without understanding what she was referring to, or that it might cause offence, was likely to have been consistent with the audience's expectations of her character," the report added.

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Meanwhile, Emmerdale had 789 complaints in the last year (up from 433) and EastEnders had 335 (down from 348).

Despite all the murdering and huge storylines going on in Hollyoaks, the Channel 4 soap only had 26 complaints (down from 41).

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