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Street gay kiss complaints rejected
Coronation Street gay kiss
The gay kiss received 21 complaints
Complaints over the first gay kiss in veteran ITV1 soap Coronation Street have been rejected by the Independent Television Commission (ITC).

The watchdog ruled the episode where Todd Grimshaw kissed Nick Tilsley was suitable for family viewing.

The episode had received 21 complaints from members of the public upset at pre-watershed homosexual scenes.

But the ITC ruled the scene, shown on 5 October, "would not upset the majority of viewers".

"A young man's confusion with his sexuality, expressed in a clumsy and inexplicit manner, did not go beyond what has previously been seen in a drama at this time of the evening," the ITC statement said.

The episode saw Todd - played by actor Bruno Langley - kiss a sleeping Nick Tilsley (Adam Rickett). The kiss came after Todd had been questioning his sexuality for some time.

Boudica complaints

Though it was the first gay kiss in Coronation Street history, other soaps had shown equally explicit scenes.

Channel 4 soap Brookside made headlines in 1994 when character Beth Jordache (Anna Friel) kissed Margaret Clemence. Emmerdale and EastEnders have also had gay storylines.

The ITC also received a number of complaints about ITV1 drama Boudica, which starred ER actress Alex Kingston as the ancient Briton queen.

Viewers were upset by scenes in which her character was flogged and her two daughters raped.

But the watchdog rejected the complaints the scene had been too long and too graphic, but it did say the drama should have been preceded by a warning highlighting the strong sexual nature of some scenes.

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