Last night saw the return of BAFTA winning ITV crime drama Broadchurch, with Skyguard’s MySOS personal alarm being chosen to feature in the series providing support for a rape victim.
In yesterday’s opener viewers were introduced to Trish Winterman (played by Julie Hesmondhalgh) who suffered a brutal assault at the hands of an unknown attacker. As the story unfolds, the show deals with the aftermath of the attack and how this affects Trish’s character, whilst lining up a list of possible suspects.
A difficult subject matter for a primetime show, Police and rape counsellors have praised the program’s makers for tackling the issue. Broadchurch writer Chris Chibnall has said that he wanted to tell this story as the number of sexual offences being reported is on the rise. Hopefully giving this new exposure will result in yet more victims coming forward.
Skyguard work with over half of the UK’s Police forces, helping to protect vulnerable individuals including those who have suffered physical and sexual abuse. The MySOS device shown on Broadchurch allows users to press a button if they feel threatened and speak to specially trained Controllers who can summon the emergency services – providing a much faster response than dialing 999.
The series, staring David Tennant and Olivia Colman continues next Monday and it’s expected that fans will be treated to many plot twists and turns along the way.
Broadchurch is on ITV at 9pm on Mondays