LONDON, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A violent scene in a recent episode of the British TV series "Eastenders" was inappropriate for television, complaints to the BBC allege.
Following a Thursday broadcast of the BBC1 soap opera, several viewers contacted the British broadcaster to complain about a stabbing death scene, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday.
The episode showed a character die after being stabbed in a gang attack and viewers said it was too much for a TV series.
"My wife was physically sick and my son of 13 was brought to tears," one unidentified viewer told the BBC.
A statement from the broadcaster defended the death of character Jase Dyer, saying the "Eastenders" broadcast came complete with early warnings and most of the violence was "implied rather than explicit," the Telegraph said.
"Whilst we acknowledge that this was a particularly dramatic episode, we were very careful to make sure that any actual violence was implied rather than explicit, and it was made clear from the outset that Jase's life was in serious jeopardy," the BBC said.