Soap viewers have accused Coronation Street of being ‘racist’ after a character made a comment about her hair.hairThe episode, which was screened on ITV on Bank Holiday Monday, featured a scene involving the characters of Eva Price and Audrey Roberts.

In the episode Eva, who is played by Catherine Tyldesley, visits Audrey’s hair salon and comments: “I have more roots than Kunta Kinte. No idea who that is, by the way, just something my mum used to say.”

The creators of the soap have since apologised to soap viewers who found the phrase offensive. Kunta Kinte was a character who featured in the novel Roots and was based on one of the author’s ancestors who was enslaved in Gambia then taken to America.

Following the Corrie episode’s screening, dozens of viewers posted messages on the official Coronation Street Facebook page complaining about the use of the phrase. A spokeswoman for ITV said: “We apologise if this dialogue has caused offence.”