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Hollyoaks under fire for male rape plot.

A MALE rape storyline Noun 1. storyline - the plot of a book or play or film
plot line

plot - the story that is told in a novel or play or movie etc.; "the characters were well drawn but the plot was banal"
 in teenage soap Hollyoaks was last night slammed by churches and TV watchdogs.

The Channel 4 teatime series is to tackle the issue in a one-off late-night episode.

But last night the show's producers were under fire for the controversial storyline.

The violent sexual assault on Luke Morgan Lucas "Luke" Morgan was a fictional character on long-running Channel 4 British television soap opera Hollyoaks.

He was played by actor Gary Lucy between 1999-2002.
, played by Gary Lucy Gary Edward Lucy (born 27 November, 1981 in Chigwell, Essex), is an English television actor, best known for his role as PC Will Fletcher on ITV1 police drama The Bill, and as Kyle Pascoe on another former ITV1 drama Footballers' Wives Family , comes after months of bullying at the hands of a gang leader.

National Viewers and Listeners Association director John Beyer John Beyer (b. 1948) is the director of mediawatch-uk, a lobby group in the United Kingdom. He joined the group in 1976, when it was known as the National Viewers' and Listeners' Association, headed by Mary Whitehouse.  said: "This is a most inappropriate storyline for a programme of this kind, which is watched by young people, and any idea that just because it is being shown at 11pm makes it right is just nonsense."

Church of Scotland Church of Scotland

the established Presbyterian church in Scotland
 Board of Social Responsibility convener Ann Allen said: "Rape is a dreadful and traumatic experience, but this is simply trivialising it."

It is the first time male rape has been addressed in a British soap.

The Chester-based series is aimed at teenagers but attracts younger viewers.

Family and Youth Concern said the soap was turning "human pain into entertainment".

Producer Phil Redmond Phil Redmond CBE (born 1949 in Liverpool, brought up in Huyton, Merseyside) is an English television producer and scriptwriter. He is well-known for having created several popular television series such as Grange Hill (BBC One, 1978—present), Brookside  admitted the plot was a bid to increase ratings but said: "In my experience, the more challenging the subject, the more viewers appreciate it."

A spokesperson for the Independent Television Commission said it would see how the issue is treated before it decides on any action against Mersey TV.

The one-off episode will go out on Wednesday, March 15.
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Author:Spavin, Vicky
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 1, 2000
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