Emmerdale has responded to viewer complaints about the levels of violence shown in Thursday’s episodes, which saw Ross Barton fall victim to an acid attack.
Ofcom today revealed that it is currently assessing the 228 objections to the pre-watershed scenes that saw fan favourite Ross ambushed by drug dealer Simon, who threw the corrosive substance in his face.
Talking to RadioTimes.com, an Emmerdale spokesperson said: “We take our responsibility seriously when portraying what happens in these circumstances. Consequently, the storyline was researched thoroughly with medical experts at Pinderfields Hospital.
“For the sequence following Ross’s attack we adhered carefully to the NHS guidelines about how to help people who are the victim of an acid attack.”
A real-life survivor of a similar attack was also consulted as part of the scriptwriting process: “We specifically researched this story with one particular victim who felt it important to share what happened to him with the Emmerdale production team,” added the spokesperson.
Following the broadcast, viewers took to social media to comment about the disturbing storyline:
Seriously cannot believe Emmerdale just did that tbh. Feels a bit too ‘soon’ for an acid attack in a 7pm soap.
#Emmerdale awful of you to film the acid attack. What's the world coming to when you are showing this type of material – before 7.30pm. You do know some people tend to copy things they see on TV. Producers, remember people see, people copy. Everything what's wrong with society.
Others though spoke out in praise of Emmerdale for tackling such controversial subject matter:
People always find something to complain about. I think its good that emmerdale are tackling acid attack, as it does happen in real life. The scenes were harrowing but @MikeParrActor performances were next level. Ross is my favourite. can't wait for whats coming up x
Great work tonight on @Emmerdale@MikeParrActor. Emotional/upsetting storyline and subject. Poor Ross. More awareness of acid attacks hopefully because of this too. Emmerdale tackling difficult subjects head on with sensitivity.