Thursday night’s 8.00pm episode saw Cameron Murray (Dominic Power) and secret lover Debbie Dingle (Charley Webb) pursue Gennie Sharma (Sian Reese-Williams) in a high speed car chase, after realising she had overheard Cameron’s confession to killing Carl King (Tom Lister).
Inexperienced driver Gennie lost control of her car which hurtled down a ravine, and while Debbie went to call for help Cameron took the opportunity to silence Gennie for good by suffocating her.
Almost 100 people complained to Ofcom about the episode, while a further 50 complaints were made to ITV directly. The consensus of the complaints were that the scenes were too graphic to be aired prior to the 9pm watershed.
In defence of the episode, an ITV spokesman said:
“This episode was the culmination of a very dramatic storyline which has been running for over a year. We made sure appropriate warnings were broadcast before the episode aired.”
Ofcom will now decide whether to take further action.