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A CHILLING scene from Coronation Street has been voted the most frightening moment ever seen on TV

The episode saw psychotic killer Richard Hillman, played by Brian Capron, bludgeon Maxine Peacock to death with a crowbar.

The deranged serial killer then kidnapped his wife Gail and her children David and Sarah and Sarah's baby Bethany and drove their car into Weatherfield canal.

The family survived, but tricky Dicky's reign of terror came to a stop when he ended up in a watery grave. The show, broadcast in 2003, sent shivers down the nation's spine but left ITV bosses celebrating as it was watched by 19.4million viewers.

Second in the list of TV's scariest scenes were The Daleks from Dr Who with their catchphrase "exterminate, exterminate".

Cybermen

The Time Lord's arch-enemies, who are set to return in the new series starting tonight, have previously been voted Britain's most evil TV villains. In third place was an episode of Cracker starring Robert Carlyle as a terrifying psychopath.

Illusionist Derren Brown's seance, where he managed to convince participants they were contacting the dead, was fourth.

He was followed by more Dr Who monsters, the Cybermen, the emotionless humanoids who scared a generation of children. The survey of 1,023 people was carried out for furniture retailer Harveys to mark the return of Dr Who.

The Coronation Street storyline was previously included in a list of the 100 scariest moments seen on screen by Channel 4 which included the movies The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Among the more bizarre entries was rock star Alice Cooper's music video featuring snakes and beheaded dolls.


1 KILLER RICHARD — Over 19 million viewers tune in when conman Richard Hillman (Brian Capron) kills Maxine Peacock in her home before kidnapping the whole family and driving them into the canal.

2 DR WHO — THE DALEKS

The ruthless race of fighting machines have been tormenting Dr Who since the Sixties and are set to return in the new series.

3 CRACKER — To Be A Somebody — Robert Carlyle plays a terrifying psychopath who exacts revenge for the Hillsborough disaster.

4 DERREN BROWN — Illusionist Derren manipulates 12 people into believing that they were communicating with the dead.

5 DR WHO — THE CYBERMEN Some of the show's most popular monsters.

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