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CORONATION Street and EastEnders BOTH faced a viewers' backlash yesterday - after their New Year storylines sparked outrage.
The BBC got more than TWO THOUSAND complaints over its gruesome cot death and baby snatch on Albert Square, TV Biz can reveal.

Meanwhile fans of ITV1's Corrie blasted lesbian scenes - including a steamy snog - as over the top.

Beeb chiefs claimed they were unable to release official figures for those disgusted by Ronnie Branning, played by Samantha Womack, swapping her dead baby for Kat Moon's. But insiders confirmed to TV Biz that the corporation was swamped. The shock episode featuring distraught Ronnie - pictured with screen hubby Jack (Scott Maslen) - went out on New Year's Eve.

Viewers who flocked on to the internet to slam the plot said they were "appalled" - with some claiming bosses made it look like mums who lost children to cot death were criminals.

One raged: "Easily the sickest storyline the BBC has sunk to so far. Sensationalising cot death is revolting.

"Shame on you BBC for using other people's devastating pain to boost your viewing figures."

Another wrote: "I cannot believe that the writers would do this to Ronnie - after everything she has gone through.

"Having been an avid EastEnders fan for years, I will no longer watch it."

Meanwhile, Corrie fans claimed ITV was trying to "glamorise" lesbianism.

One, horrified at the kiss between actresses Brooke Vincent and Sacha Parkinson, accused the show of using "two pretty teenagers that young girls will look up to".

Back at the Beeb, viewers were again upset by Matt Lucas and David Walliams' new comedy Come Fly With Me.

More than 70 complaints were received over the first showing, on Christmas Day. And a source said even more came in over the New Year's Day episode.

Scenes where religious coffee shop girl Precious Little was seen stealing cups to get out of work led to claims that all Christians were being branded as thieves.

Edited by Michael Baldwin, Jan 4 2011, 05:46 AM.
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