Coronation Street, the UK’s longest-running soap to feature a storyline highlighting the impact that air pollution is having on children’s lungs.
Coronation Street, the UK’s longest-running soap opera is to feature a storyline highlighting the impact that air pollution is having on children’s lungs.
In a scene to be aired on Monday night (August 23), 12-year old character Liam Connor Jr will be seen fighting for his breath as paramedics travel through Weatherfield’s highly congested streets and double-parked cars to reach him.
Asthma UK and the British lung Foundation advised Coronation Street’s scriptwriters to ensure that the storyline delivers an accurate and responsible trial of a child having an asthma attack.
John Whiston, managing director of continuing drama and head of ITV in the North, added: “… it felt right to look at the wider environmental issue through Liam’s asthma and traffic on The Street. Hopefully, as well as being an issue that provides drama and divides our community, it also throws a light on what we can all be doing to clean up the air we breathe.”
3.1 million children in England go to school in areas with toxic levels of air pollution, according to new analysis conducted by City Hall.
Air pollution and its effects on children’s lungs is such an important issue in the UK today, that Evotech Air Quality, this Summer, began its #CleanAirSchools campaign. Our engineers have installed both indoor and outdoor air quality monitoring sensors and, at the time of writing, the data is being received by our bureau, who will analyse the data sets and determine average baseline data before the schools return in September.