Coronation Street star Sean Wilson has said the show is in "crisis" and confirmed that he would "consider" a return to the Cobbles.

The legend, who played Martin Platt from 1985 to 2005, left the show following a disagreement over a storyline involving his character falling in love with a 16-year-old.

Sean has since said he is not shocked that the programme is 'losing its audience' and that much of this is because of its move to 'issue-based' plotlines over relatable stories.

Sean Wilson says Coronation Street in 'crisis' amid move away from 'relatable' plots

The Coronation Street actor told the Daily Star: "I think the world of soaps is a different vehicle nowadays. I think I was part of the British soap industry at the best time, the halcyon years when there was 18 or 21 million people watching it.

"You could walk down the street on a Wednesday or a Friday and you could hear people laughing with their windows open because of the great writing and the great acting was really speaking to the nation. I don't think it does that so much nowadays.

The ITV legend discussed why he doesn't think the show resonates with people as much now, saying: "There's lots of different reasons. There's too many channels to choose from which means there's a lot of choice. People don't have to watch it anymore.

"They were all segwayed together; you were five minutes from laughing and five minutes from crying. Nowadays it seems very much issue-centric, they're trying to solve the world's issues, which they're not going to do."

He also said that he believes that viewers prefer stories about affairs and neighbourly disputes rather than being 'lectured' to by the writers.

He said: "During my marriage to Gail, they would have me having an affair or two, and they would last a year.

"The whole affair would last a year and it would always culminate around Christmas time."

He also said that he would be open to a return to the show, saying he's done with his old character but would consider coming back.