Coronation Street hardman Charlie Lawson last night launched into a blistering attack on the soap as it marked its 50th anniversary.
The Enniskillen-born wildman blasted the show that made him a fortune — seething: “The writers cut my character’s b**ls off.”
Charlie — famed for playing wife-beating ex-squaddie ‘Big’ Jim McDonald in Corrie — was back on the cobbles last week as it celebrated half a century on the box with a series of specials.
But the former Shakespearean actor — who sensationally quit acting full-time in the soap in 2000 — was left out of the storyline that saw a tram explosion devastate Weatherfield and kill key characters.
Instead, Big Jim — whose Ulster catchphrase ‘so it is’ is now part of telly history — was laid up in hospital after taking a beating from a love-rival.
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