Monday, 10 October 2016

Coronation Street praised for muscular dystrophy storyline

Muscular Dystrophy UK has praised Coronation Street for its “sensitive, accurate” storyline about muscular dystrophy.

This week, viewers will see Steve McDonald – played by Simon Gregson – discover that both he and his unborn children could inherit the genetic condition myotonic dystrophy.

The storyline runs from Monday 10 October until 28 October.

ITV approached Muscular Dystrophy UK to advise the scriptwriters and production team about what Steve, Michelle and Leanne may be going through.    

Speaking about the storyline, actor Simon Gregson, who plays Steve McDonald, said: “I’m proud to be part of a storyline that will highlight little-known genetic conditions like myotonic dystrophy and bring them to national attention. As a dad to three boys, it’s reassuring to know there are charities like Muscular Dystrophy UK out there who can explain genetic testing and help families through the process.”

If you would like information or support on muscle-wasting conditions, please call the Muscular Dystrophy UK Information and Support Team on the free helpline: 0800 652 6352 (Mon-Fri, 8.30am-6pm) or email at:

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Linda Shockley said...

I thought that MD is discovered when you're a kid. Must look that up.

Anonymous said...

Everybody is focusing on the unborn children. What about Amy?

Anonymous said...

Exactly, anon 18.03!

Anonymous said...

Since the focus is on Steve's unborn children rather than Amy,at the risk of sounding cynical,I fear the lateat 'issue storyline' is more about Michelle finding out about Steve and Leanne's one night stand and as soon as it hits the fan, MD will be forgotten just as Hope's cancer is forgotten and no longer mentioned.

maggie muggins said...

Amy was mentioned in one of Monday's episodes, when Steve told Liz what was going on. She then got really concerned about the possible outcomes, not just for the 2 new babies, but Andy and Amy too.

Tim said...

If the story only runs to Oct 28th I guess everything turns out Ok.

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