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Parents Guide for
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Contains infrequent strong sex and sexual violence

Many episodes contain little or no sex at all. However, there are occasional sex scenes, some strong, and some strong scenes of, and references to, sexual violence. Notable scenes include: a young man thrusts into a woman whilst lying together in a field (he has his underpants and trousers pulled down and we see his bare buttocks as he thrusts), a man asks a woman to perform oral sex on him in a bar; she moves down to his crotch, undoes his trousers and puts his penis in her mouth and moves her head back and fourth (no nudity is shown) while he moans with pleasure and the men around him watch. One scene involves police officers watching home-made sex tapes, which include scenes of a naked man sitting whilst a woman performs oral sex on him.

In one of the two-part episodes ('And Then I Fell In Love'), a group of young men procure school-age girls, drug them and rape them. In one scene it is implied a group of men rape a girl in turn who they have kidnapped. Another episode concerns the subject of gang rape and includes descriptions of the injuries victims of it suffer. In a disturbing and gory scene (in the story 'Redhill') a man is raped by another man with a truncheon. The penetration itself is implied rather than explictly shown, with the man lying on the ground and screaming in pain. His blood-covered buttocks are shown. There are references to this scene and descriptions of the rape.

Contains strong bloody violence, some sexual, and frequent forensic gore

The series is about forensic pathology and features frequent strong and detailed scenes of autopsies. Bloody crime-scene detail is also frequent and detailed.

There are also many notable scenes of strong violence, including: the random stabbing of a woman in the street, a stabbing of a man in a car, a bloody dog attack, the bloody and repeated stabbing of a woman in her home (in slow motion) and the stabbing of a man in a restaurant (sudden and bloody).

There is also a scene of torture, with some focus of terrorisation and the infliction of pain and injury. This includes a scene where a young woman has her teeth removed without anaesthetic with the use of non-surgical tools.

There a some descriptions of sexual violence including infrequent scenes of rape. See Sex & Nudity section above.

Contains infrequent mild-to-moderate language.

- Infrequent use of expletives, usually mild

Contains some scenes of drug use, drug references and infrequent smoking

- Scenes in which characters use hard drugs. These scenes often depict the dangerous nature of drug use and never promote or encourage the behaviour.

- Some characters are shown smoking, though these are incidental and the act is not glamourised.

- Occasional scenes of alcohol consumption.

Contains episodes featuring sustained threat and crime scene horror

- A number of episodes contains scenes of intense threat.

- Crime scene horror is frequent and detailed.

Argentina:13 / Australia:M (some episodes) / Australia:MA15+ (some episodes) / Netherlands:12 / UK:15

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