‘Emmerdale’ Spoilers: Who is set to be the victim of an ACID ATTACK??

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Great Britain is a nation doted on the grit and entertainment gift-wrapped to us in the form of a soap opera, which makes soap operas the perfect platform to bring issues to the forefront of conversation.

Over the years the likes of Coronation Street, , EastEnders and Hollyoaks have given us some real food for thought by interjecting provocative storylines set to raise awareness in between the more elaborate plotlines and stunts.

Because of this we, as a nation, have been better educated on illnesses such as cancer and dementia, whilst being shown the devastating effects of subjects ranging from drug abuse to rape, earning them applause and awards across the board for their pioneering contribution to society.

However, it would seem that ’s next big challenging awareness raising storyline has caused quite a stir.

The long-running soap is set to tackle the very topical, yet disturbing, subject of acid attacks with one of the show’s main characters, , to become a victim of the hideous crime which this country has, unfortunately, seen an increase of over recent years.

This particular storyline, which is set to see Ross caught up in the attack after a case of mistaken identity, whilst highlighting the devastating and life-changing after effects it causes, has caused a Twitter storm from fans who feel that it could “promote” such attacks to wannabe copycats, despite the powers that be insisting the upmost sensitivity has been taken to produce the horrific scenes due to hit our screens shortly.

The Mirror newspaper quotes the man taking on this challenging storyline, actor , as supporting the decision to tackle the issue, commenting:

“It’s a big responsibility and one that I was very nervous about taking on.

“The team have done extensive research and we really want to raise awareness of the devastating consequences an attack like this has on a person’s life.

“It’s so important to get it right and just do the story line justice. I know this is a reality for some people.”

Of course, any taboo subject being tackled by a soap is bound to raise a few eyebrows, but one thing that should be taken in to consideration when judging this decision is the man behind it – boss .

Since taking the helm at last year, McLeod has proven on numerous occasions that he is more than capable of delivering unique drama tastefully and in a way which can truly transports its viewers, as proven categorically with his ground-breaking episode delivered through the eyes of a dementia sufferer (which you can remind yourselves of in the clip below), as well as the subtly yet devastatingly powerful, quiet and unexpected death of Holly Barton.

Do you think an acid attack storyline is appropriate for a soap opera? Leave your thoughts and comments below.

continues tonight at 7pm on / HD.


Anna has been reporting, reviewing and interviewing in the world of TV and theatre for the past seven years, with Soaps being her most practiced passion. Anna has a diploma in celebrity journalism and has contributed her views and knowledge to several media platforms including radio and topical television on many shows and subjects, as well as interviewing stars across the country throughout her career.

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