BBC defends gory drama Gunpowder after ‘graphic’ violence shocks viewers  

22 Oct

The BBC has defended gory scenes in its Saturday night gunpowder plot drama because it is “grounded in historical fact”.

The first episode of the three-part series Gunpowder saw a young priest hung, drawn and quartered alive. Another gruesome scene saw a woman crushed beneath a door laden with weights.

The Saturday night drama, watched by 4.8 million viewers, aired just an hour after family-favourite Strictly Come Dancing.

One viewer said on social media: “Thank you Gunpowder. I did not want to throw up but I did.

“I know that sort of violence happened but did not need to see it graphically.”

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