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Corrie producer: "We wanted to unsettle the audience"

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Coronation Street producer Iain MacLeod admits that he deliberately sought to "unsettle" the audience with last night's episode.

Coronation Street showrunner Iain MacLeod has admitted that the shocking scenes in last night's episode were deliberately filmed in an unconventional way to "unsettle" the audience.

The episode was essentially a two-hander between Yasmeen (Shelley King) and her abusive husband Geoff (Ian Bartholomew), culminating with her stabbing him in the neck with a broken wine bottle.

The slow-burning storyline has earned much plaudits from viewers - and last night's episode presented events from Yasmeen's perspective, with quick time jumps between scenes, jolting camerawork and distorted audio.

"This episode is shocking and rightly so. The issue of coercive control should be shocking," MacLeod told the Radio Times website. "I am thrilled Coronation Street has had the opportunity to talk about it in such a high-profile way.

"You tell yourself with scary things in dramas 'it's not real', but tragically for many in the real world this is not pretend. I hope it has given the audience an insight into what coercive control is.

"We wanted to unsettle the audience so they felt what Yasmeen was feeling. How she acted wasn't simply a function of what was going on in that moment, it was an outcome of the months of preceding abuse, insidious bullying and verbal violence she has experienced from Geoff."

Rewatch the shocking culmination of the episode below:

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