CORONATION Street’s Ken Barlow was beaten to the floor tonight – leaving fans horrified.
The veteran character, who is 81, was trying to stop his son Peter from drinking himself to death – but he reacted by punching him in the face.
Ken Barlow was sent flying onto the floor of a pub in Coronation Street
The character is shown looking up from the carpet with a bloody nose
Caring Ken has been trying to stop bars and pubs from serving the wayward Barlow booze.
So when he found him drinking he first appealed to the barman – then attempted to wrestle the glass from Peter’s hand.
The drunkard slurred: “I can do what I want. Did you not get the memo?”
Ken raged that he needed to be comforting his old son, saying: “You don’t give a damn about yourself – I understand that.
Ken finds 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: “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 and take a swing at him.
Viewers at home were stunned as the show’s longest-serving character was sprawled on the floor with blood pouring from his nose.
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
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 tonight’s UFC bout, one joked: “Ken went down as quick as Connor McGregor then.”