Editorial, The Mirror, Friday 29th September ’06 :
We warmly welcome reformed drug addict Craig Charles’ return to Coronation Street.
The actor, who plays cheeky cabbie Lloyd Mullaney, will be back in the New Year after a stint in rehab and a police caution.
Everyone deserves a second chance and that certainly includes Craig, who is seeking to rebuild his life and career.
Granada TV bosses, who wrote out his character while Craig received treatment, have behaved responsibly and deserve to be applauded.
And we look forward to Lloyd being allowed once more to pick up fares in Weatherfield.
And ooh, look at us, aren’t we wonderful for saving this man’s career. All hail the Crusading Mirror. We originally printed the story with the express purpose of making him turn his life around, of course, and not just because we wanted a salacious, News Of The World-style story to sell a bucketload of papers.