Wednesday 21 February 2018

Are the Platts the most cursed family on Coronation Street?

David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) with his wife Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) as she dies in his arms. Photo: Mark Bruce/ITV/PA Wire
David Platt (Jack P. Shepherd) with his wife Kylie Platt (Paula Lane) as she dies in his arms. Photo: Mark Bruce/ITV/PA Wire
The days of Kylie Platt (played by Paula Lane, left) are numbered
Amy Mulvaney

Amy Mulvaney

As Kylie Platt’s death on Coronation Street leaves viewers heartbroken, we look back at five of the most memorable storylines to hit the Platt family.

Richard Hillman’s suicide plot

Richard Hillman’s attempt to kill his family is perhaps the most memorable death storyline of all time on Coronation Street. After his wife Gail learns that he murdered his ex-wife and their neighbour, she tells the police and Richard goes on the run.

A few weeks later he returns to Weatherfield with plans to kill himself, Gail, her two children David and Sarah and Sarah’s daughter Bethany. He holds the family captive and loads them into the car with the intention to gas them, when his plans are disturbed by Gail’s mother Audrey. He then drives the car into a canal, but the family manage to escape as it plummets into the water and Richard drowns.

David Platt… in general

Unsurprisingly, David is left scarred for life when his step-father tried to murder him and his entire family. From pushing his mother Gail down the stairs to covering the murder of Callum Logan, the father of his wife Kylie’s first child, to hiding drugs in Bethany’s toys, David is no stranger to trouble. Kylie’s unexpected death is reported to send David over the edge.

Sarah Platt’s teenage pregnancy

David’s sister Sarah’s teenage pregnancy sparked outrage among viewers. Sarah became pregnant at just 13-years-old and raised baby Bethany as a single mother as the baby’s father didn’t want to be involved. While the storyline was introduced to highlight the risk of teenage pregnancy, it became one of the most controversial storylines of all time.

Nick Tilsley’s one day marriage

Gail’s eldest son Nick has had no luck in finding love on the cobbles. Nick married Leanne Battersby as a teenager, which crumbled when Leanne became pregnant. He later remarries Leanne years later, before divorcing again. Nick also has a one-night stand with David’s wife Kylie, and was involved in a car accident caused by David as a result. Following his second divorce to Leanne, Nick starts a relationship with Carla Connor. The pair quickly become engaged and get married, but then split a day later when she learns Carla was having an affair.

The days of Kylie Platt (played by Paula Lane, left) are numbered

David and Kylie’s relationship

David and Kylie met while completely by chance while on holidays in Tenerife, only knowing each other briefly from Kylie’s sister Becky. David proposed to Kylie shortly after they met, conscious of the annoyance it would cause his family. The pair had a rocky relationship throughout Kylie’s time on the show,  but had just began planning a new life together before Kylie dies unexpectedly.

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