Coronation Street’s Max in danger as he’s groomed by evil extremist gang
In upcoming scenes, teenage Max Turner (Paddy Bever) of Coronation Street will be the target of an extreme gang.
In a hard-hitting storyline, the ITV soap will address the problem of grooming disaffected and impressionable young men.
Max will ultimately be endangering his own life as well as the lives of his friends and family as he makes terrible choices.
When Peter Barlow (Chris Gascoyne) learns that the band they have asked him to see is performing racist songs, he confronts eco activist Griff (Michael Condron) and his friends in Friday’s (October 28) episode.
Spider Nugent (Martin Hancock) is confronted by Toyah Habeeb (Georgia Taylor) about the company he is maintaining while concealing the fact that he is an undercover police officer who has infiltrated the gang to expose their activity.
In the episode airing on Monday, October 31, Griff focuses on troubled Max, who has been the target of persistent school bullies ever since he was expelled from Weatherfield High.
Max gains Griff’s trust by taking action and threatening to teach the bullies a lesson.
He extends a Halloween party invitation to Max and tells the other members of the gang that he might be helpful to their goal.
As Max’s relationship with his family deteriorates over the coming months, Griff seduces the adolescent and exploits his computer and video production talents to promote his racist propaganda.
Producer of Corrie Iain MacLeod commented on the most recent plot line, saying: “Overall, Max’s tale is one about the grooming of a vulnerable youngster at a time when he’s feeling most alienated and disillusioned.
The narrative will cover the ‘conventional’ methods used by extremist organizations to attract new members, and Max will befriend older, mentor-like characters in real life who will instill in him a sense of devotion and fraternity.
The issue of youngsters radicalizing themselves by seeing extremist content online will then be discussed later in the narrative.
“In the end, we wanted this to be a tale about family communication and the correct and wrong ways to approach young relatives who are drawn to extreme viewpoints.
David’s poorly timed attempts to cope with Max will propel the narrative to a surprising and thought-provoking climax for the story’s resolution.
Tim Jacques, Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing, said: “In the UK, Coronation Street has a long history of bringing difficult problems to the attention of viewers.
“Sadly, one of those very genuine worries continues to be the terrorism danger.
“Our case studies demonstrate how young people are increasingly attracted into harmful ideologies through online venues and platforms and are susceptible to radicalization.
“We hope Max’s tale will demonstrate why it’s so crucial to seek support or guidance if you are concerned that a loved one is going down a risky road. It doesn’t have to be that way at all.”