Sir Michael Parkinson has warned that Coronation Street is "in danger of becoming just another formulaic soap" and said he "recoiled" from the show's recent murderous plotline.
The former chat show host and long-term fan of the soap said the gruesome storyline, which saw villain Pat Phelan (Connor McIntyre) kidnap, imprison and then murder Andy Carver (Oliver Farnworth) and Vinny Ashford (Ian Kelsey), felt a long way from the programme he enjoyed so much in the 1960s.
Reflecting on the days of classic characters like Elsie Tanner and Hilda Ogden, he wrote in the Radio Times:
Reflecting on how even then-prime minster Harold Wilson recognised members of the cast back then, Sir Michael added:
Watchdog Ofcom said it had received 390 complaints across the two episodes featuring the murder plotline, which it is assessing.