Broadcasting regulator Ofcom has received over 220 complaints from Emmerdale viewers who were upset by the controversial acid attack on Ross Barton, played by Michael Parr.
Over 220 complaints were made overnight to broadcasting regulator Ofcom from Emmerdale viewers who were upset by the controversial acid attack on Ross Barton, played by Michael Parr. The complaints will be assessed before the watchdog makes a decision over whether to investigate or not.
In a statement to the media, an Emmerdale spokesperson said: “Emmerdale has a long track record of tackling difficult and topical storylines and the unprovoked acid attack upon Ross is another example of this. 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. We also specifically researched this story with one particular victim who felt it important to share what happened to him with the Emmerdale production team.”
Its not the first time Emmerdale has come under Ofcom’s watchful eye. In 2017, over 180 complaints were received after an episode showed Aaron Dingle (Danny Miller) being physically and emotionally abused in prison by an inmate.
A further 99 complaints were received after Rhona Goskirk (Zoe Henry) was brutally attacked and raped by husband Pierce Harris (Jonathan Wrather). Nine complaint were also received for Robert Sugden (Ryan Hawley) manipulating Lawrence White (John Bowe) into thinking they slept together.
However, the most complaints ever received over an Emmerdale remains to be 550 viewer concerns over the 2016 storyline that saw Charity Dingle (Emma Atkins) and Ross Barton in a dogknapping plot.
In a recent interview, actor Michael Parr praised Emmerdale for the research it had undertaken during this storyline.