Coronation Street has been confirmed as the most complained about programme on British TV for its frequent depictions of drugs, smoking and alcohol.

The ITV soap racked up a total of 310 complaints compared to Love Island, which received 73 in the last five years.

Coronation Street bosses were criticised after the on-screen local shop showed cigarettes on display - even after real supermarkets had been banned from displaying them.

Many scenes on the Cobbles centre around the Rovers Return Inn, which accounts for the amount of alcohol on show.

One particularly recent storyline was based on drugs and gangs and featured Leanne Battersby and her son Simon Barlow.

Coronation Street has been confirmed as the most complained about programme on British TV for its frequent depictions of drugs, smoking and alcohol

Coronation Street, which has been on television since 1960, also received 15 times the amount of complaints compared to Celebrity Big Brother in the past five years.

The figures, which were collected by Vape Club, highlight how much pre-watershed TV exposes children to "bad" habits.

Fans of the soap have expressed their concerns over certain scenes in the past and took to social media to comment.

Corrie's rival soap Emmerdale was revealed to have received 52 complaints related to such topics (

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One person wrote: "Smoking next to a pram then leaning into the baby? Really #corrie ?? #coronationstreet."

Another tweeted: "@itvcorrie peter smoking around baby susie, then littering and the touching her with his smokey hands?! Why am I the only one disgusted at coronation street????"

And a third tweet read: "Not keen on corrie advertising teenage smoking tbh... #corrie #CoronationStreet @itvcorrie."

Coronation Street received 15 times the amount of complaints compared to Celebrity Big Brother in the past five years (

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Corrie's rival soap Emmerdale was revealed to have received 52 complaints related to such topics.

In 2013, Emmerdale’s Eric Pollard (Christ Chittell) was named the unhealthiest character in UK soaps.

It was found that he was either drinking or talking about drinking in 62 per cent of his scenes.

Love Island, which is currently airing on ITV2, has also received some complaints over the past five years - 73 to be precise.

The first few series Love Island showed the Islanders smoking but that has since been banned (

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The first few series of the popular dating series showed the Islanders smoking, but that has since been cut out of the final edit.

Prior to the ban, contestants who smoked were given 20 cigarettes a day, according to one former contestant.

Viewers pointed out that they could see eight packets of cigarettes on a table during one episode back in 2017.