TV should call time on the drunken on-screen antics of soap characters, according to Northern Ireland’s Deputy First Minister.

Martin McGuinness said popular dramas like Coronation Street and EastEnders should stop showing storylines filled with drinking and should refuse to glamorise drunken yob culture.

Speaking after political leaders discussed alcohol and drug abuse at the British-Irish Council summit in Dublin, the Sinn Fein MP attacked soap storylines.

“I have to say I am absolutely appalled at the level of concentration around the pub in the programmes,” he said.

He believes it’s inappropriate that a lot of the action takes place in the soaps’ famous pubs such as the Queen Vic and Rover’s Return.

“I am appalled at the drunkenness that is quite clear for everybody to see and all of that before the nine o’clock watershed when children as young as eight, nine, 10 and 11 are watching.

“Now I regard that as irresponsible broadcasting and I think something should be done about it,” he concluded.