The BBC has received 30 complaints after a teenage One Direction fan in Holby City said she wanted to cut off Perrie Edwards’ head with a “rusty chainsaw”.
When asked by the nurse who her favourite member of One Direction is, character Kayleigh Ormerod replies: “Zayn. I’ve got it all worked out."
"All I have to do is track down Perrie Edwards, cut off her head with a rusty chainsaw, marry Zayn and have all his babies,” she said.
Perrie Edwards, 20, got engaged to boy band member Zayn Malik, 21, last summer.
Her mother, Debbie, was upset by the comment, tweeting: “Anyone watching Holby City??? Really upset.com.”
A number of Little Mix and One Direction fans also tweeted their disappointment about the inclusion of the "unacceptable" line in the episode.
I don't actually know how Holby City got away with airing that Little Mix Perrie Edwards comment :(Hannah Chihuahua (@PrettyBluebirds) March 13, 2014
@BBCOne not cool about the comment about Perrie Edwards on Holby City!! Poor Show!! Terrible!!Zack Phillips (@PhillipsJedward) March 12, 2014
@BBCOne I'm making a formal complaint about the comment made about Perrie Edwards on Holby City. It's absolutely not acceptable!Lauren (@LaurenRose_LM) March 11, 2014
@BBCOne I think that was really hurtful what you said about Perrie Edwards on Holby City...I am going to complain.Niall (@Narrys_crush) March 11, 2014
@BBCOne I thought you knew better! How could you let that episode of Holby City air?! There was such hate given towards Perrie Edwards!ignored by jade :( (@thatfabpezza) March 11, 2014
I'm disgusted you let such hate be said by an actress on Holby City tonight towards Perrie Edwards. Was she even an actress? @BBCOnesharlea (@SharleaSykes) March 11, 2014
In the Holby City episode on Tuesday night, Kayleigh Ormerod is admitted to hospital following a heart murmur after she collapses at a One Direction signing. She also reveals to the nurse she had a tattoo of the five boy band members on her back, which had caused an infection.
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1D: Crazy things Directioners say
1/20 One Direction
'I'm so jealous of everyone that meets One Direction. Then again if I met Harry I would hyperventilate, suffocate and die so...' - @m_a_g_z_i_e
2/20 One Direction
'If I ever received a tweet from anyone in One Direction I'd literally die on the spot and I want my obituary and tombstone to blame them.' - @aurosan
3/20 One Direction
'When I die, I want the One Direction 'Talk Dirty to Me' video displayed at my funeral, on a screen projected over my casket, playing non stop, thank you.' - @zaynlikespayne
4/20 One Direction
'I cannot speak I want to write the word 'love' everywhere and tell everyone I love One Direction more than anything ever.' - @sneezeharrys
5/20 One Direction
'I'm in the 'I'm gonna die alone with 8 cats and my posters of One Direction don't breath near me or I'll punch you' mood.' - @nouisteenagers
6/20 One Direction
'HARRY. YOU ARE NOT A GOD DAMN MAN WHORE. YOU ARE A CUPCAKE. JESUS.' - @daddyslittlelou
7/20 One Direction
When 1D were on the cover of GQ magazine: 'The GQ pictures make me want to stab myself in the uterus!' - @ziallsafari
8/20 One Direction
'I hope that I die before any of the boys in One Direction does cause I will not be able to even move if they go before I do.' - @pokeniall
9/20 One Direction
Another GQ response read: 'Holy. C**p. The boys on the cover of GQ magazine. Someone shoot me. Push me off a cliff. Stab me!' - @wafaastalks
10/20 One Direction
'Person: Why do you love One Direction? Me: Why do you breathe? Person: If I didn't I'd die. Me: Exactly.' - @idrugsharry
11/20 One Direction
'Don't hate on Louis you f**king a******s or I will shove bleach into your a******s and pull out your eyes with a spork.' - @fxkinlouis
12/20 One Direction
'When are you in public and a One Direction song comes on and your kidneys rupture and then you die.' - @harryhasbooty
13/20 One Direction
'If One Direction were falling off a cliff and I could only save one then I'd shoot myself so we could all die and meet in heaven' - @austinrahone
14/20 One Direction
''One Direction is goin' to be the next to break up'. If you don't shut up I will break your neck and pray for you to die.' - @bubblegumniall
15/20 One Direction
'My friend doesn't like One Direction and I told her that if she said something rude on Twitter she would die.' - @flashing1D
16/20 One Direction
'Do you ever feel like you want to scream and cry and laugh and smile and die because of One Direction. Because same.' - @chenloves1d
17/20 One Direction
'When Niall cuddles someone or something and his cheeks do the thing I die.' - @daintyiero
18/20 One Direction
'My parents always say 'They're gonna die down' and 'You'll grow out of them'. No f**k you I'm getting One Direction tattooed across my face.' - @calumshoran
19/20 One Direction
'Dear One Direction, you stole my heart but that's okay. I like my boys like I like my tea - hot and British with some Irish creme.' - @torii_rakusx
20/20 One Direction
'Imagine Niall barging into the church and saying 'I OBJECT' to your marriage because he loves you.' - @niamhabitat
The BBC has confirmed it has received around 30 complaints so far about the line.
A spokesman said: “The line referencing Perrie Edwards was made to emphasise the character Kayleigh’s devotion to One Direction. It was absolutely not intended to be taken seriously and clearly in the context is not intended to cause offence.”Reuse content