An episode of the second series of ITV crime drama Grace has been the subject of 58 Ofcom complaints due to a violent scene.
The episode that 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 8 p.m., was allowed to air ahead of the turnaround, which begins at 9 p.m.
Viewers took to Twitter to express their anger over the opening scenes.
One said: ‘The man hanging from the rafters in an ag**p suit is a far cry from the last wine of summer on a Sunday night before the watershed.’
Another wrote: “An episode of Grace aired 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 the Netflix comedy Hard Cell, added: “Ummmm…not sure Grace is suitable for the ITV fare before the watershed. Fetish, drugs. Oh yeah, and a hung body. sex games gone wrong At 8 p.m. on a Sunday.
Grace is set in Brighton and is based on Sussex author Peter James’ international bestsellers, which have sold 21 million copies worldwide.
Ofcom states that material unsuitable for children should not be broadcast before 9 p.m. or after 5.30 a.m.
An ITV spokesperson said in response to the complaints: “Grace is a dark thriller set in Brighton and follows the format of other ITV feature crime dramas.
“All of our dramas in the 8-10 p.m. time slot undergo very careful review to ensure the content is suitable for a pre-rolling audience.
“There was a clear announcement before the broadcast to emphasize to viewers the nature of the drama.”
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