Coronation Street bosses have made the decision to broadcast an edited version of tonight’s episode of the ITV soap, removing references to the discovery of a body in the local canal due to similarities with the real-life case of Christopher Brahney.
Brahney’s body was discovered in the Manchester Ship Canal at Salford Quays on Monday, more than two weeks after he went missing following a Stone Roses gig at Heaton Park.
The Coronation Street storyline in question, which was filmed weeks previously, concerned the disappearance of Peter Barlow and made reference to a body fitting his description being pulled from the canal.
In tonight’s episode, Barlow’s father Ken (William Roache) and his estranged wife Leanne (Jane Danson) will be called to identify the body, but there will no longer be any reference to the circumstances in which it was discovered.
An ITV spokesman said: “The producers of Coronation Street have taken the decision to remove references in this Friday’s show which, although scripted and filmed weeks ago, bore some similarities to the manner in which Christopher Brahney’s body was found.
“Like many others, we were extremely saddened by the news of his death, and our thoughts and condolences are with his family.”