Former Hollyoaks star Emmett J Scanlan has responded to the news that Ofcom have deemed scenes transmitted as part of his character Brendan Brady’s exit storyline unsuitable for pre-watershed viewing.
The scenes – which aired at 7pm on E4 and 6.30pm on Channel 4 in March of this year – depicted a dramatic showdown between Brady and arch-nemesis Simon Walker adjacent to a railway track resulting in the gruesome death of Walker when his rival pushed him into the path of an oncoming train.
Ofcom deemed the scenes too violent to air before 9pm and noted that 10% of Hollyoaks audience, while aimed at teens, is actually made up of young children aged between four and nine years old.
The regulator therefore suggested this edition of Hollyoaks had the “potential to distress younger viewers as well as raise concerns about the level of violence amongst parents watching with their children”
The actor took to his Twitter page to respond:
4 year olds should be watching Bob the Builder not Hollyoaks..This is about parenting..Not lobotomising creativity .http://t.co/s7EIP0KXdO”
— Emmett J. Scanlan (@EmmettScanlan) August 27, 2013
It isn’t the first time the regulator has come down on teatime soap operas, during the 1960s and 70s ITV’s most successful daytime soap opera – Crossroads – was frequently being told to tone down storylines in order to not scare younger viewers.