It looks like someone on the Coronation Street writing team may be a fan of Sunday Post favourites Oor Wullie and The Broons.
In last night’s episode of the ITV soap, Anthony Cotton’s character Sean Tully revealed that his auntie used to get him the annuals for Christmas.
Talking to Norris Cole in the Rovers Return about the pensioner’s forthcoming move to Edinburgh, he dons a dubious Scottish accent and sings the praises of “Auld Reekie”.
“I had a grandmother once, she used to buy me the Oor Wullie annual,” he adds. “They used to alternate it every year with The Broons.”
He asks Norrie: “Did you get much chance to meet The Broons while you were up there?”
The references continued throughout the episode with Dundee-born Sam Robertson’s character Adam Barlow, who spent his childhood in Scotland, telling Sean that he prefers Oor Wullie to The Broons.
Sean replies that he’d always “had a thing for Joe”.
A spokesperson for the soap said the references, which seemed to go down well with Scots viewers, were texture added to the scenes by writer Simon Crowther.
— Michael DK (@MichaelDKent) June 5, 2019
Did a scottish person write tonight's #corrie? Edinburgh,the broons and st mirren all mentioned
— MILPOOL___________________________________________ (@yo_mikey_) June 5, 2019
Had a right giggle at @antonycotton Scottish accent tonight, love the Broons and Oor Willie!
— Julie Mitchell (@JulieMi68422720) June 5, 2019
— Julie Hamill (@JulieHamill) June 6, 2019