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The Night Manager torture scene branded 'gratuitous, offensive and degrading'

Tom Morgan

Published 29/03/2016 | 07:42

The final episode of 'The Night Manager' showing Elizabeth Debicki's character, Jed Marshall being tortured. Photo: BBC
The final episode of 'The Night Manager' showing Elizabeth Debicki's character, Jed Marshall being tortured. Photo: BBC

A scene depicting the torture of a half-dressed female star in the finale of BBC hit show The Night Manager has come under fire from campaigners against domestic abuse.

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Jed Marshall, played by Elizabeth Debicki, is seen battered and bruised in a plunging white negligee as her head is forced under water by a henchman in the last episode of the John Le Carre thriller.

Viewers have complained that the scene was gratuitous and "unnecessarily titillating".

Marsha Scott, Chief Executive of Scottish Women's Aid, said: "It's a shame to see this as we've see some real improvement in media depictions recently.

The final episode of 'The Night Manager' showing Elizabeth Debicki's character, Jed Marshall being tortured. Photo: BBC
The final episode of 'The Night Manager' showing Elizabeth Debicki's character, Jed Marshall being tortured. Photo: BBC

"The Archers storyline is a very good example of this so it's quite disappointing that other shows aren't as intelligently representing the real experiences of women or children from domestic violence.

"You are either part of the problem or part of the solution. When we have major media outlets that tell the same old hackneyed story, then they are part of the problem. This can effectively revictimise women."

Charlotte Macdonald, a charity worker and activist, added: "It was transparent titillation. Gratuitous, offensive and degrading."

The scene came after the show's lead, played by Tom Hiddleston, has a string of raunchy scenes with Ms Marshall.

For years, TV crime dramas have been attacked for torturing beautiful young women in cheap, titillating fashion.

But in recent months the BBC has been praised for strong female characters on crime shows, including Happy Valley.

The BBC drama's dramatic final episode was also criticised by viewers after Hiddlestone's character Jonathan Pine was seen with dry suit trousers despite dragging murdered enemy Freddie Hamid into a swimming pool.

Telegraph.co.uk

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