Coronation Street’s new storyline sees a dejected Max Turner (Paddy Bever) fall in with a group of racists extremists who are keen to use the teen as a weapon to spread their propaganda.
Newly released pictures from filming show the teen camping out on wasteland, seemingly unaware of the danger he is in. While Max might not know the truth about the situation undercover cop Spider Nugent (Martin Hancock) is working from the inside to bring them down.
While Max’s actions over the coming weeks and months will push him further and further from his own family Coronation Street Producer Iain MacLeod has said that the story will encompass the “traditional” recruitment techniques of extremists groups, and we’ll see Max befriended in person by older, mentor-like figures that will give him a sense of loyalty and brotherhood.
“Then, later in the story, we will explore a very 21st Century problem: teenagers self-radicalising through watching extreme content online. In the end, we wanted this to be a story about communication within families – what are the right and wrong ways to talk to younger family members who are gravitating towards extreme views?
For the conclusion of the story, David’s misjudged attempts to deal with Max will drive the narrative to a shocking and thought-provoking climax.”
Counter Terrorism Policing’s Senior National Coordinator, Tim Jacques, said: “We hope Max’s story will help to highlight why it’s so important to get support or advice if you’re worried someone you love is taking a dangerous path. It really doesn’t have to be that way.”
Coronation Street continues Friday at 8pm on ITV.