Ofcom receives 74 complaints over Gerry's Emmerdale death
18 May 2018 - 1:00 PM

Ofcom receives 74 complaints over Gerry's Emmerdale death

Share article:

Ofcom received 74 complaints after Emmerdale's Lachlan White brutally bludgeoned Gerry Roberts to death in last night's (17.05.18) double bill.

Viewers contacted the UK communications regulator following the two episodes, which saw evil Lachlan - played by Thomas Atkinson - bash his pal Gerry (Shaun Thomas) over the head with a huge stone.

An Ofcom spokesperson told BANG Showbiz: "We received 74 complaints."

While the impact of the stone hitting poor Gerry was not shown on screen, viewers watched on as the hapless character lay under a pile of rubble after calculated Lachlan made the B&B collapse on top of him.

He then refused to get help for his so-called best friend but looked as though he may not deal a final blow to his pal in hard-hitting scenes.

Thomas Atkinson confirms Emmerdale's Lachlan exit

Thomas Atkinson confirms Emmerdale's Lachlan exit

20 September 2018 - 9:00 AM

Thomas Atkinson confirms Emmerdale's Lachlan exit

However, Gerry desperately called for help which made Lachlan's mind up for him.

Shaun has since admitted he was "pretty upset" when show bosses told him they were going to kill his character off.

Amy Walsh's Emmerdale nightmares

Amy Walsh's Emmerdale nightmares

11 September 2018 - 10:00 AM

Amy Walsh's Emmerdale nightmares

He said: "It was a shock because I was only meant to come here for two episodes in the prison scenes with Lachlan and then I ended up staying here for a year and a half.

"So I really got used to being around everybody and making a connection with everybody. And then to be told that it would be coming to an end it was pretty upsetting."

This comes after Ofcom received more than 200 complaints from 183 "Coronation Street" viewers in response to the episode on March 16, when Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) spiked David Platt's (Jack P. Shepherd) drink before sexually assaulting him.

However, Ofcom later dismissed the complaints, saying that while the scenes were "uncomfortable viewing for some", they didn't break any broadcasting regulations.

A spokeswoman for the watchdog explained: "This storyline tackled a sensitive and challenging subject, which we appreciate was uncomfortable viewing for some.

"However, we considered that ITV took extensive steps to ensure it was handled sensitively and carefully. These included working closely with a victim support group, and repeatedly signposting the help available to anyone affected by sexual violence.

"We also considered that, although the offender's violent intentions were clearly implied, the scenes were neither explicit nor graphic. Finally, we took into account that clear warnings were broadcast before both episodes."

Mel and Sue planning to write together
23 October 2018

Mel and Sue planning to write together

Mel and Sue planning to write together
Kim Woodburn opens up about 'very' active sex life
23 October 2018

Kim Woodburn opens up about 'very' active sex life

Kim Woodburn opens up about 'very' active sex life
Mandip Gill never expected Doctor Who role
23 October 2018

Mandip Gill never expected Doctor Who role

Mandip Gill never expected Doctor Who role
Eyal Booker has quit dating shows
23 October 2018

Eyal Booker has quit dating shows

Eyal Booker has quit dating shows
James Burrows signs new Coronation Street contract
23 October 2018

James Burrows signs new Coronation Street contract

James Burrows signs new Coronation Street contract
Ricky Champ reveals EastEnders 2-hander
23 October 2018

Ricky Champ reveals EastEnders 2-hander

Ricky Champ reveals EastEnders 2-hander
Harry Redknapp will go camping to prepare for I'm A Celebrity
23 October 2018

Harry Redknapp will go camping to prepare for I'm A Celebrity

Harry Redknapp will go camping to prepare for I'm A Celebrity
Lysette Anthony turns to real life experiences for Hollyoaks crying scenes
23 October 2018

Lysette Anthony turns to real life experiences for Hollyoaks crying scenes

Lysette Anthony turns to real life experiences for Hollyoaks crying scenes
Connor McIntyre for EastEnders role?
23 October 2018

Connor McIntyre for EastEnders role?

Connor McIntyre for EastEnders role?
John Middleton has stopped watching Emmerdale
23 October 2018

John Middleton has stopped watching Emmerdale

John Middleton has stopped watching Emmerdale
Blockbusters to return
23 October 2018

Blockbusters to return

Blockbusters to return
Florence Pugh reveals nudity ban for The Little Drummer Girl
23 October 2018

Florence Pugh reveals nudity ban for The Little Drummer Girl

Florence Pugh reveals nudity ban for The Little Drummer Girl