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TV review: Gay kiss was out of character.

Byline: RACHAEL TINNISWOOD

Coronation Street (ITV1) WE knew it was coming. We'd seen the newspaper reports. Some of us, still awake and flicking through the channels at 3 am last week,had even seen an edited advance preview of it.

But when Todd finally kissed Nick last night there was something just not right about it.

Don't get me wrong,I am not in any way opposed to tackling the issue of homosexuality on television -in fact,I think it should be encouraged.

What I am opposed to is a character having homosexuality foisted upon them in a sad attempt to up the viewing figures -which is exactly what appears to have happened to poor Todd.

It is not unfeasible that Todd could have had doubts about his sexuality. It is unfeasible to think that it could all have happened within a matter of a few weeks just because he had a couple of drinks in the Rovers with Nick.

But give them their due, both actors dealt with the unrealistic story line very well, with Bruno Langley carrying off his best doey-eyed impression as he pattered out the cringe worthy script which went along the lines of: ``I feel I could talk to you about anything,'' etc,etc.

Not surprisingly,Nick (AdamRickitt) didn't click that Todd's sweet words were supposed to be wooing him.

And neither did he expect the kiss -which was delivered with extreme passion and tenderness and displayed a superb acting talent on behalf of Bruno.

Adam Rickett, who is known more for his boy band looks and strange accent than his acting skills,also impressed in his response to the kiss, which was,not surprisingly,negative.

``Wrong move,Todd, wrong move,''he advised.

And as we all face months of teenage angst, the same words should be directed to the programme makers.

Because while there's nothing wrong with giving Corrie characters a bit of a dilemma, there's plenty wrong with giving your viewers one -Corrie or EastEnders?

I might be reaching for my remote control soon.
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 6, 2003
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