Coronation Street viewers complain soap has 'ripped off Line of Duty' with explosive car crash stunt

CORONATION Street fans have suggested scriptwriters have been "watching too much Line Of Duty" after Harvey Gaskell smashed a prison van into Dev Alahan's car.

The dramatic Corrie scenes, aired in Monday's double bill, saw the corner shop owner leave his son Aadi to burn, ignoring the teenager's pleas for help.

It comes despite the fact the dad, played by Jimmi Harkishin, chose to save his twin sister, Aasha, leaving fans outraged.

The jaw-dropping scenes, which came when the family was on a camping trip, saw drug dealer Harvey's hijacked prison van crash into the back of the car.

The vehicle then upturned itself and burst into flames.

ITV viewers took to Twitter to comment, likening the action to that of high octane BBC drama Line Of Duty, which had a dramatic van smash stunt in season six.

One remarked: "Is this the opener of a new series of #lineofduty?"

Another then posted: "Am I the only one thinking of that famous #LineOfDuty scene when watching that prison van crashing into Dev’s car on tonight’s episode of #Corrie?"

A third then put: "Corrie ’s screenwriters have been watching way too much Line of Duty!"

One then surmised: "That was like an OMG moment truly excellent work and acted out superbly and very tense and nervous car crash too #Corrie."


Earlier in the episode, Dev, Aadi and Asha were all knocked unconscious by the smash – and when Aadi comes to he realises he’s trapped and desperately tries to wake his dad up.

However when Dev does come to – his first thought isn’t to free his son.

Instead he turns to Asha on the backseat and tries to help her, ignoring Aadi’s pleas for help.

“What are you doing?” shouts Aadi as Dev ignores him and gets out of the car. 

“You have to help me. Help me. Help me and we can pull her out together?”

But Dev dismisses him and tells him to free himself, leaving Aadi trapped.

As Dev finally frees Asha he comforts her before eventually going back to Aadi.

As he walks back to the car, having finally bothered to help his son, he’s too late – and the car explodes.

Viewers were horrified at Dev for leaving Aadi to burn alive.

It had been a tough week for Dev who had been rejected by Natasha after a cruel betray from Bernie.

Meanwhile Line Of Duty star Adrian Dunbar has told how he is "sure" there will be a series seven of the crime-busting drama, despite season six being declared to be the last.

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