TV soap operas have been criticised by broadcasting watchdog Ofcom for showing too much violence on screen.More from BBC News.
The regulator warned that a number of programmes have reached "the limits of what is acceptable" and noted that complaints from viewers are rising.
Ofcom made its comments to broadcasters as it upheld complaints about a kidnapping story on ITV soap Emmerdale.
It said a scene where a character was shot in the stomach was "unsuitable" for broadcast before the watershed.
Read the full Ofcom bulletin (pdf).