CORONATION Street’s Ken Barlow was beaten to the floor last night – leaving fans horrified.
The veteran character, who is 81, was trying to stop his son Peter from drinking himself to death – but wound up getting smashed in the face.
Ken Barlow was sent flying onto the floor of a pub in Coronation Street
The character was shown looking up from the carpet with a bloody nose
Caring Ken had been trying to stop bars and pubs from serving the wayward Barlow boozer.
So when he found him drinking, he first appealed to the barman – then attempted to to Peter from downing any more pints.
The drunkard slurred: “I can do what I want. Did you not get the memo?”
Ken raged that he needed to be comforting his own son, saying: “You don’t give a damn about yourself – I understand that.
Ken found alcoholic Peter knocking back lagers in a pub by himself
He fumed: ‘Give a thought for Simon – he’s just lost his young brother’
Ken then enraged his son by pouring his drink into the bar’s drip tray
“But please, give a thought for Simon. He’s just lost his young brother.”
But Peter replied, miming someone snoring: “Boring. It’s boring… give me my drink back.”
At that, determined Ken turned around and poured the contents of the glass away – causing Peter to leap out of his seat.
Taking a swing at him, the poor pensioner took a crack in the face and was sent flying.
Peter was branded a ‘rat’ by viewers after battering poor Ken
Ken had tracked him down an obscure bar in a bid to reason with him
Viewers at home were stunned as the show’s longest-serving character was shown sprawled on the floor with blood pouring from his nose.
One gasped: “So shocked when I saw this, poor Ken! What a rat Peter is!”
One fan wrote sarcastically: “Excellent tactic from Peter there. Punching your 81 Yr old dad will get you all the sympathy points.”
Others reckoned the Corrie veteran should have put up more of a fight before hitting the deck. Referring to Wednesday’s UFC bout, one joked: “Ken went down as quick as Connor McGregor.”