Ofcom Rejects Complaints
More than 100 complaints about a
recent murder scene in Emmerdale have been rejected by regulator
Ex-prisoner Gerry Roberts, played by
Shaun Thomas, was killed by Lachlan White (Thomas Atkinson) in a
scene broadcast last month.
Gerry was lured to a B&B where the
roof collapsed and killed him in the ITV soap.
An Ofcom spokeswoman said complaints
were dismissed because they "found no graphic details were shown
"We carefully assessed complaints that
scenes involving violence were not suitable for broadcast before
"The scenes were also part of a
long-running storyline, which would have been within regular
Ofcom also received 11 complaints
about a male suicide storyline in Coronation Street, which was
praised widely by fans of the soap.
Shayne Ward was praised for his
portrayal of Aidan Connor
It saw Aidan Connor, played by Shayne
Ward, take his own life in the storyline, which was constructed
with the help of mental health charities.
A spokeswoman said: "We considered a
small number of complaints about this storyline involving a
character ending his life.
"However, neither the suicide nor the
body were shown.
"We also took into account that clear
warnings were provided at the start of the programme, and that
ITV worked closely with the Samaritans when creating the
Is has been reported that Channel 4 is
developing a drama series about the 1988 bombing of Pan Am
Flight 103 over Lockerbie in Scotland.
Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald
is in charge of the project, which was originally conceived as a
Channel 4 would not confirm the
project - to be written by Scottish playwright David Harrower -
had been commissioned.
The Pan Am flight from London to New
York exploded 31,000 feet over Lockerbie, 38 minutes after
take-off from London on 21 December 1988.
The 259 people on board the Boeing 747
were killed, along with 11 people on the ground.