The producers of television soap opera Coronation Street have re-filmed this evening’s episode in order to remove references to a body having been found in a canal in Manchester.
The scenes in question were said to be similar to the circumstances in which the body of the late Christopher Brahney was found. The 22-year-old Manchester man went missing following a Stone Roses concert two weeks ago.
A spokesperson for the Coronation Streettold ITV News, “[We] have taken the decision to remove references in this Friday’s show, which although scripted and filmed weeks ago, bore some similarities to the manner in which Christopher Brahney’s body was found.”
Since Manchester Police confirmed that a body found in the canal at Salford Quays earlier this week was that of Chris Brahney, tributes have been received from hundreds of people, including from the Stone Roses themselves and many other bands.
The Coronation Street spokesperson added their condolences to the Brahney family, saying, “Like many others, we were extremely saddened by the news of his death, and our thoughts and condolences are with his family.”
According to theManchester Evening News, the original Coronation Street plot included scenes containing “discussions between characters about the discovery of a body in a canal”.
The body of Christopher Brahney was found in the Manchester Ship Canal on Monday morning, near to MediaCity, where the new Coronation Street set is being built.
The 22-year-old went missing on 29 June after attending a Stone Roses concert in Manchester. Friends and family co-ordinated a massive attempt to find him, which included a rally in Manchester’s Piccadilly Gardens, attended by hundreds of people, and the setting up of a Facebook.
On Wednesday, Digital Journalreported that Facebook were refusing to allow that page to be taken off the site, despite the wishes of Chris’s family. Apparently, Facebook will only delete a group if it has no members. Consequently, people are being asked to leave the group, in order for it to be closed.
Meanwhile, NME reports that, a tribute campaign to get the band’s anthem “One Love” to the top of the UK singles chart has been cancelled, “at the request of Chris’s parents”.