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Television watchdogs took a hard line on violence screened soon after the watershed when they issued a formal warning yesterday to Yorkshire TV over graphic violence and rape in the Lynda La Plante series The Governor earlier this year. Channel 4 was also issued with a formal Independent Television Commission warning, its third, for repeated swearing in Chris Evans's youth show TFI Friday.

Scenes showing The Governor's female lead Janet McTeer apparently held hostage, tortured and threatened with rape were shown at 9.05pm. Yorkshire TV made no comment after the reprimand. The ITC said it considered fining Channel 4 because of swearing on Chris Evans's show but the station had apologised, explained the circumstances and taken steps to prevent further breaches. PA