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Call the Midwife's controversial scene

Posted: 21 February 2013 by Rob Dabrowski

Broadcasting watchdog OFCOM has received complaints about a graphic scene in Call the Midwife.

Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife
A back street abortion was shown on the programme, which aired before the 9pm watershed on Sunday, 17 February.

Numerous comments were also posted on message boards and social networking sites.

These ranged from ‘had me squirming’ and ‘very uncomfortable viewing’ to ‘gross’ and ‘disgusting’.

The back street abortion was intercut with scenes of the character Trixie, who was getting ready for a date, filing her nails and painting them blood-red.

While there were negative comments and complaints about the content, there has also been praise for the innovative editing.

One viewer wrote that contrasting the abortion with the filing and painting of nails ‘actually made me wince more than if they’d just shown the lady screaming'.

The comment concluded: ‘Very imaginative way of depicting the horror pre-watershed.’

Did you see the programme? Was the scene a step too far, or great hard-hitting, television?

If you are a member of RCM Communities, have your say here.