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11/05/2018 13:24 BST

'Coronation Street' Boss Kate Oates Reveals Judge Rinder Offered Advice On Male Rape Storyline

The former barrister offered advice over the legalities of the issue.

‘Coronation Street’ boss Kate Oates has revealed she received guidance from a rather unlikely source when putting together the soap’s recent male rape storyline.

Since the storyline began earlier this year, Kate has spoken multiple times about her close work with the rape charity Survivors Manchester, to ensure the issue was portrayed sensitively.

However, to make sure that the legal side of the topic was also accurate, Kate has revealed she sought advice from none other than ITV’s Judge Rinder.

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Judge Rinder

Speaking to Metro, Kate revealed: “I hope he doesn’t mind me name dropping here but I am really good friends with [Judge Rinder] and I talked to him about the story and he spoke to me about how he might cross-examine someone on the stand or how someone else might.

“Rob [Rinder] is a massive supporter of the storyline – he’s a great friend and sounding board. Duncan Craig from Survivors Manchester did the same when he took us through the kinds of questions someone might be faced with on the stand.”

She continued: “It’s hard and it’s brutal and you question whether we are set up in the best place to get these convictions?

“If it were a 9pm drama and we saw David Platt on the stand talking about what had happened to him, a barrister might cross examine him with a huge level of detail to try and discredit him – it is really intimate and makes you think, ‘I never thought about it that way and how it could be spun’.”

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Kate Oates

The storyline, which saw David Platt being drugged and sexually assaulted by a man he thought was his friend, has received largely a positive reaction from ‘Corrie’ fans, with Survivors Manchester revealing an increase of 1700% in calls to their helpline.

Ofcom ruled earlier this week that, despite more than 200 complaints about the story arc, they wouldn’t be investigating ‘Corrie’ over the scenes, which they insisted didn’t break any of their guidelines.