Gogglebox hit with Ofcom complaints after terrifying attempted suicide clip

Gogglebox has been hit with Ofcom complaints after its stars watched segments of the new HBO drama The Third Day, starring Jude Law.

In the clips which were shown, a young girl attempted suicide before Jude's character saved her and plenty of other terrifying events happened.

The harrowing scenes caused 92 people to complain to Ofcom, a spokesperson for the regulator confirmed, with most about the scene in which the young girl tried to kill herself.

At the time, viewers flocked to Twitter to share their thoughts on Gogglebox showing the heart-stopping scenes.

One person wrote: "Enjoying the new series but would have liked a trigger warning for the depiction of suicide in the episode tonight."

Another said: "Tonight's show should have had an explicit suicide trigger warning – 'scenes some viewers might find upsetting' really isn't good enough. I'm on a suicide support group on Facebook and this has upset a lot of people. Irresponsible."

And a third tweeted: "So I've just done my first ever Ofcom complaint about Gogglebox last night. That hanging scene was so horrendous, distressing and so unnecessary on a light entertainment show. Suicide is such a massive issue and Channel 4 were completely wrong to show that clip. Shame on you."

The Third Day, which airs on Sky Atlantic in the UK, sees Jude's character Sam arrive on a mysterious island off the British coast.

Similarly, a character called Helen, played by Naomie Harris, arrives at a different time – however they both experience bizarre events that are completely unexplainable.

The mini-series started earlier this month and is split into different sections, with Summer focusing on Sam, while Winter follows Helen.

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It had initially been scheduled for a May release, however post-production was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, causing it to be pushed back.

There will be a live event, Autumn, which will be broadcast in the UK on Sky Arts and online on October 3.

It will air in one continuous take and is described as a "major immersive theatre event" which will let viewers "inhabit the story as it happens".

Jude Law and Naomie Harris aren't the only Hollywood names involved though, as Brad Pitt acts as one of the show's executive producers.

This isn't the first time Gogglebox has received Ofcom complaints though, as the broadcast regulator confirmed the previous week's first episode of the new series got a total of 31.

Gogglebox airs Fridays at 9pm on Channel 4

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