Gemma Merna - Stars from the cast of British soap opera 'Hollyoaks' were photographed as they arrived at the Neighbourhood restaurant for a farewell party for Gemma Merna who will be leaving the cast - Manchester, United Kingdom - Saturday 25th October 2014
Hollyoaks is now the UK's most violent soap.
Hollyoaks has been found to be the UK's most violent soap opera, according to regulator Ofcom. New research has discovered that the Channel 4 soap has overtaken EastEnders as the most violent, with some viewers considering scenes unacceptable for a pre-watershed broadcast.
EastEnders has dropped from 6.1 violent scenes per hour in 2001/2002 to just 2.1 per hour last year. However, Hollyoaks has jumped from 2.1 violent scenes to a massive 11.5 violent scenes per hour. Last year, the soap was condemned by Ofcom was airing a pre-watershed scene in which one character pushed another under a train.
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The Channel 4 soap is facing a serious backlash after airing the two grizzly scenes before the 9 p.m. watershed
Say what you like about Hollyoaks, but when it comes to providing a double whammy of death and violence just in time for dinner, there really is no other show out there like it. The trouble is, this death and destruction has landed the show in a heap of destruction, as the over-the-top scenes have breached tele rules set by Ofcom, who have determined that the show crossed a line when it aired the bloody episode in March this year.
Neil Newbon plays Simon Walker on the soap
The broadcasting watchdog have recently ruled the "violent and shocking" scene from the 19 March 2013 episode was unsuitable to be shown before the watershed, and breached the rules set by the TV standards agency.
Gemma Atkinson and Jason 'J' Brown endured a frightening encounter with a host of unsavoury jungle residents on the new series of I'm a celebrity...
The former Hollyoaks actress and the ex-boyband member were face to face with cockroaches, ants, meal worms and eel slime during the Terror Train and the Temple of Doom Bushtucker Trial, but endured the unpleasant Antipodean visitors to earn three meals for the camp.
Presenter Ant Mcpartlin told the pair that six stars were fixed inside the Temple of Doom, into which they would travel.
"You've got to go in search of them," he explained. "Sit in the cart and then the cart with move through. It will stop four times - when it stops, the star will fall from the ceiling along with some other jungle nastiness," said Ant.
"You have 30 seconds to secure your star before the cart moves again. This happens four times and the final two you find at the end, they're not going to drop, they will be hanging there so feel around for them."
Before the trial began, 'J' reassured Gemma, saying: "When it happens don't think about it, just grab the stars.
"It's going to be nasty - there are going to be things crawling all over us Gemma, are you ready?" he asked.
A bucket of eel slime soon cascaded over Gemma, before a cockroach shower left her screaming: "It's down my top, it's eating me, aaagh! It's nipping my back, the b**tard."
While 'J' was unable to find the star protected by a nest of green ants, Gemma ignored a shower of meal worms to grab a third star, securing a third meal for the contestants.
Back at the camp the contestants joked about a Cerys Matthews-Marc Bannerman wedding, and Janice Dickinson, Anna Ryder Richardson and Christopher Biggins all received special messages from their loved ones.
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