BBC sorry for Savile spoof on children's TV show
Published 21/01/2013 | 05:00
The episode, which was filmed in 2001 and was broadcast again on CBeebies yesterday, showed the character of Max dressed as the disgraced late presenter in a blond wig and oversized chain necklace. The beloved Tweenie also spouted Savile's catchphrase "Now then, guys and gals" during the offending scene, which sees him hosting a fictional music chart show.
DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, is accused of "grooming a nation" and abusing hundreds of children during his 60-year career.
'The Tweenies' was cancelled in 2003, but remains a children's favourite, which is regularly replayed on CBeebies, the BBC channel aimed at four- to six- year-olds.
Ofcom received complaints while parents took to Twitter to express their shock. Ruth Ellis tweeted: "Not sure the Jimmy Savile-themed Tweenies episode on at the moment is entirely appropriate. . . @CBeebiesHQ".
The BBC said: "This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused." (© Independent News Service)