Coronation Street fans were not happy when an April Fools' joke went very wrong 5 years ago

Coronation Street fans were not happy when an April Fools' joke went very wrong

Only 364 days until the terrible #banter returns.

Coronation Street viewers were left confused and angry yesterday after an attempted prank went wrong. Terribly, terribly wrong.


It all started when ITV announced on social media that they were launching a Weatherfield-based sitcom called Victoria Street.

The TV company said: "Appearing on our screens in Autumn, this modern day Bread meets Benidorm in the rain, is a high concept, big scale comedy featuring a dysfunctional group of Weatherfield residents, headed up by Liz McDonald herself, Beverley Callard.

"Co-starring fan favourites, Daniel Brocklebank (Billy), Bhavna Limbachia (Rana), Julia Goulding (Shona) and Colson Smith (Craig), Victoria Street is crammed with silly jokes for new audiences and lovers of classic Corrie alike!"


Although many people clocked it was BS due to the date of the announcement, some fans were left believing that the brand new set for the show was created purely as a ruse.


Taking to Instagram, one viewer asked: "So you built a full set just to fool people."

Another added: "Absolutely furious. It’s not April fools if you’ve been lying about it all month"

A third chimed-in: "How can it not be real tho why go to all the trouble building the buildings and taking the cobbles from the old set and building a bench for the Manchester bombing victims I don’t get it"

The confusion came from the fact the new set extension - which features a Costa Coffee, Co-Op and police station - has been coined 'Victoria Street', the same name as the fake sitcom.


Although, to be fair, those who realised that nobody in the right mind would build a multi-million pound set for a one-off joke, had a laugh at the angry fan's expense.

Responding to the backlash, one person said: "The amount of people that think the set is now not real. Its the 'show' in the previous post that's the april fools"

Another added: "Oh these comments are painful. The set isn't fake. Watch the previous post - they said they were making a new sitcom called Victoria Street....the sitcom is fake. Not the street. The set is real. The sitcom they've claimed to make isn't real."

Moral of the story? Just don't do an April Fools' pranks, ever, especially if it's rubbish.