'Emmerdale' hit with complaints over murderous Meena storyline

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Meena has bumped off a few people in 'Emmerdale'. (ITV)
Meena has bumped off a few people in 'Emmerdale'. (ITV)

Emmerdale has been hit with complaints over killer Meena’s murderous storyline.

Twisted Meena (Paige Sandhu) has wreaked havoc in the Dales, killing characters such as Leanna Cavanagh (Mimi Slinger) and Andrea Tate (Anna Nightingale) during her evil rampage.

Most viewers have been gripped by the chilling plot, but some of the scenes have sparked complaints to Ofcom.

Read more: Has Meena escaped Emmerdale for good?

The broadcasting watchdog said it had received 65 complaints about the episode of the ITV soap broadcast on 12 January.

Ofcom confirmed to Yahoo that the complaints related to the ongoing Meena storyline.

Paige Sandhu plays Meena. (ITV)
Paige Sandhu plays Meena. (ITV)

Plenty of fans of the soap have said on social media that they would like to see some lighter material.

“It's too much full stop,” one person tweeted. “Sadly there's too many murders in real life and the news is full of it every day. Move on fast from everything ‘murder’ and give us happy storylines.”

“Emmerdale please make this awful Meena story end NOW and sack all your story writers,” said another.

One fed up fan posted: “Really writers can we please have some happy storylines, maybe a little bit of comedic input.”

Another said: “I won't watch again until the dreadful meaner Meena saga concludes and the soap gets happier. Too depressing. We need more fluffy fun.”

FROM ITV

STRICT EMBARGO
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Emmerdale - Ep 924041

Saturday 25th December 2021

Meena Jutla [PAIGE SANDHU] reports Dawn to Social Services before a horrified Manpreet Sharma [REBECCA SARKER] grabs MeenaÕs phone and kills the call. Meena is outraged to have been caught in the act but decides to play the concerned neighbour and Manpreet appears to soften, but, upon MeenaÕs exit, ManpreetÕs eyes narrow as she reassesses the situation.

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FROM ITV

STRICT EMBARGO
Print media - No Use Before Tuesday 7th December 2021
Online Media - No Use Before 0700hrs 

Emmerdale - Ep 924041

Saturday 25th December 2021

Still reeling from his beating yesterday, Al Grant [NICAHEL WILDMAN] gets a threatening message from Gavin and is later disturbed to catch Gavin talking to Ellis. Feeling the pressure, Al gazes back at the Woolpack and comes up with a plan to get out of this nightmare. 

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Some fans have had enough of the plot. (ITV)

However, others said the dramatic plot has been brilliant and that the soap will be “boring” without the character.

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“@emmerdale has been so exciting (but scary) this past couple of weeks, mainly because of Meena,” said one.

Another tweeted: “I wanna keep Meena the murderer on Emmerdale, she’s bloody brilliant.”

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