ITV Grace hit with 58 Ofcom complaints as viewers complain over violent scene

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An episode from the second series of ITV crime drama Grace has been hit with 58 Ofcom complaints due to a violent scene.

The episode which aired on Sunday (April 24) featured an opening scene depicting sexual violence.

In the episode, Detective Superintendent Roy Grace, played by John Simm, attends a crime scene where a man was found hanged in fetish gear.

It comes after viewers questioned why the episode, which aired at 8pm, was allowed to air before the watershed, which begins at 9pm.

Viewers rushed to Twitter to vent their anger over the opening scenes.

One said: “Man hanging from the rafters in a g**p costume is a far cry from Last of the Summer Wine on a pre-watershed Sunday night.”

Another wrote: “An episode of Grace was shown on ITV tonight at 8pm. It was about an evil gang making snuff movies with lots of graphic scenes of violence. What happened to the watershed?”

Actress Stacey Guthrie, who stars in Netflix comedy Hard Cell, added: “Ummmm… not sure Grace is suitable pre-watershed fare ITV. Fetish, drugs. Oh yeah, and a hanged body. Sex games gone wrong? At 8pm on a Sunday.”

Grace is set in Brighton and is based on Sussex author Peter James’s international bestselling books, which have sold a staggering 21million copies worldwide.

Ofcom states material unsuitable for children should not be shown before 9pm or after 5.30am.

An ITV spokesman said in response to the complaints: "Grace is a dark thriller set in Brighton and follows the format of other ITV feature-length crime dramas.

"All our dramas in the 8pm to 10pm slot are subject to very careful consideration to ensure the content is suitable for a pre-watershed audience.

"There was a clear pre-transmission announcement to highlight to viewers the nature of the drama."

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