DCSIMG

BBC apologises after airing children’s TV show that parodied Jimmy Savile

A videograb from the programme showing a character dressed as Jimmy Savile

A videograb from the programme showing a character dressed as Jimmy Savile

THE BBC has issued an apology after showing an episode of children’s programme the Tweenies in which one of the characters appeared dressed as Jimmy Savile.

The show, aired before 9 o’clock this morning, showed one of the characters, Max, wearing a white tracksuit and blonde wig whilst repeating Savile’s ‘now then, guys and gals’ catchphrase.

The episode featured a Top of the Pops-style programme which the character was presenting.

A spokesman for the BBC said: “This morning, CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile.

“This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused.”

A report by the Metropolitan Police into allegations of sexual abuse against the former DJ stated he was a “prolific, predatory sex offender” who abused over 200 people over a 60-year period.

 
 
 

Back to the top of the page