Coronation Street took an eerie turn earlier this week as they appeared to predict the coronavirus outbreak in scenes filmed months before the pandemic.
The soap recently aired a scene between Geoff Metcalfe and Yasmeen Nazir, which saw Geoff make a snide comment to Yasmeen about washing her hands, in a scene which was written in December and filmed in January.
In the scene, Yasmeen returns to the kitchen after being forced by Geoff into cleaning the bathroom and is given harsh instructions to wash her hands.
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Before sitting down to eat, abusive Geoff tells his wife: “Hey, wash your hands first you’ve just had your arm jammed up a u-bend.”
As Yasmeen got some soap and rubbed her hands together under the tap, Geoff jibes: “You are singing Happy Birthday twice over in your head like I told you?”
And, the apparent coronavirus reference didn’t go unnoticed by fans on Twitter.
One said: “Geoff & Yasmeen’s “Washing hands to Happy Birthday” scene was written in December and filmed in January!! Spooky. #Corrie”.
Another quizzed: “Did #Corrie reference coronavirus in last night's episode? When Geoff said to Yasmeen about singing the happy birthday tune twice whilst washing her hands”. [sic]
While a third pointed out: “What's gets me is just watching corrie. Geoff told yasmeen to wash her hands and sing happy birthday twice. If corrie is filmed about 6 weeks in advance…. what did they know 6 weeks ago we didnt”. [sic]
Luckily, soap expert Sharon Marshall has since put all the conspiracy theories to rest as insisted the reference was a mere coincidence.
As she appeared on This Morning to give the latest on what’s going on in the world of soaps on Tuesday, Sharon, 48, told hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “Last night in Corrie, because I was watching it, I saw Yasmeen washing her hands and Geoff go to her, 'I hope you're singing Happy Birthday while you're doing that’.
“So I thought: ‘Wow, how did they manage to get that in?’ Complete coincidence. That was written back in December, it was filmed in January.”
Holly, 39, who reportedly fled the Celebrity Juice set after Keith Lemon had a high fever, gasped and said: “That's mad.”
Sharon then continued to explain: “What it was, someone on the production team – I believe it was one of the writers – their kids sang Happy Birthday as they wash their hands. So he put it in.”
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Holly’s co-host Phil, 57, then remarked: “How extraordinary.”
Despite the coincidental coronavirus reference, Corrie are now taking precautions on set to stop the spread of coronavirus which has seen them ban kissing scenes.
A source closely linked to the popular soap said: “All of the soaps are desperate to keep running.
“If they disappear out of the schedules there’s huge gaps which is a major headache.
“Coronation Street shoots about six to eight weeks in advance, so viewers might see some kissing in the next month or so, but the scenes they’re shooting right now will have nothing of the sort in. They are taking no chances.”
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