A handful of viewers have rapped some sequences in the post-watershed BBC programme Happy Valley .
In particular a brutal beating of a police sergeant played by Sarah Lancashire. As Episode Four ended, she collapsed covered in blood.
Vivienne Pattison, of Mediawatch-UK whinged:
This kind of graphic violence dehumanises us. Studies have shown watching it can stunt your emotional growth.
The BBC has received at least 15 complaints about the episode, shown between 9 and 10pm. A BBC spokesman said:
It was broadcast in a post-watershed slot and was clearly signposted with an on-air announcement before the episode started.
Offsite Comment: The Childish Daily Mail
25th May 2014. See Happy Valley writer: I don't have to apologise for show's violence
Sally Wainwright, creator of the hit BBC1 drama, defends the depiction of brutality and says storylines were carefully considered
In a robust response, Wainwright told the Observer she was saddened that the Mail had picked up on the attack on Cawood -- played by Bafta-winner Sarah Lancashire -- and a previous incident when a young woman police officer was crushed to death
and had tried to make a thing of it, when shows like Game of Thrones have so much gratuitous violence against lots of people . Wainwright said:
This is a quality, well-written drama. I think it is childish [of the Daily Mail]. I think it has backfired on them. Judging by the amount of email, texts, tweets I've had, I don't think anyone is asking me to apologise. I'm sorry if some people found it
too much. You can always turn the telly off.
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