THERE has been a lot of talk this week about whether soaps should steer clear of trying to tackle too many issue led storylines.

It seems a great many fans are upset at news popular Coronation Street character Aidan Connor, played by Shayne Ward who has already announced he is to leave the show, will take his own life.

It is certainly something rarely touched upon in our beloved serial dramas and sadly something becoming more and more prevalent in society.

Why not represent that and in the meantime perhaps save a life or two?

I think the fact it is Aidan is upsetting people since he has shown no signs so far of being suicidal - but isn’t that the point? Sometimes there are not any signs until it is too late.

And I would rather watch this storyline in every single drama than have to endure another minute of serial killer madness; a situation statistically unlikely to happen in any street in Britain - let alone twice on Coronation Street in the past two decades.

Maybe the issue-led plotlines are a bit overblown on the cobbles at the moment what with Craig struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, David on a downward spiral having been brutally attacked by another man and Robert grappling with steroid addiction but these are issues normal people will relate to.

Maybe not all of them at once, in the one tiny street, but who knows what goes on behind closed doors.

Yes, these shows are entertainment but they are also in a million homes, every night, sometimes twice a night and if it makes just one person seek the help they need - realise they are not alone, then it can only be a good thing.

And since I have long been vocal about the stringing out of plots - I just hope they make their point quickly.

It took so long to reveal Pat Phelan for what he really was and so many characters got bumped off as a result.

But I would rather a storyline be done correctly than bodged - the issue of the kidney donation was odd and rushed, for example.

I am no expert but it would have taken a great deal longer for the tests and preparation, and recovery, to have taken place but both of them were up and skipping about within days.

Equally - whilst Toyah’s desperate bid to become a mother and her subsequent plan to take on Eva’s baby are timely and important, there is simply no way they could have hidden her pregnancy like that for so long.

She looked pregnant, even with the massive coats they kept her swaddled up in.

Do the issue-led stuff - but make it accurate.