Fans of ‘Corrie’ have been skeptical of the soap’s so-called “stunt casting” over the past few months, with the decision to recruit the likes of Shayne Ward and Sarah Harding to the cobbles getting a lukewarm reception.
Viewers grew even more concerned when Sarah’s brief stint in Weatherfield proved to not exactly be Bafta-worthy, but thankfully Paddy’s guest appearance has been much more well-received.
Paddy McGuinness in 'Corrie'
For the rest of this week, Paddy will be playing camping expert Dougie, who strikes up a friendship with the Dobbs/Tinker family, only to eventually rub them up the wrong way with his know-it-all attitude.
‘Corrie’ fans were quick to voice their approval, after his debut on Monday night, heaping praise on the ‘Take Me Out’ presenter on Twitter:
But, of course, you can’t please everybody, and there were a few unsatisfied customers:
Thankfully, it sounded like Paddy wasn’t going to let the negative criticism spoil his night:
When Paddy’s ‘Corrie’ role was announced back in April, the stand-up comedian and actor admitted appearing in the soap was something he’d always wanted to do, revealing: “Being asked to appear in ‘Coronation Street’ was a very special moment to me.
"An iconic and much loved show not just in the UK but around the world. The character I’ll be playing is very funny and I’m sure the ‘Corrie’ fans will love them.”