The BBC has made a hasty apology to viewers who complained to the broadcaster about an episode of childrens’ telly show Tweenies which featured a puppet dressed as the late Sir Jimmy Savile.
Horrified viewers took to internet forums and social networking sites to express their disgust at seeing puppet character Max impersonating the shamed DJ and TV presenter during a repeat showing of an edition of Tweenies.
In a Tweenies spoof of Top of the Pops, stunned viewers watched as Max said, “Hello all you guys and girls out there, ah ah ah. Welcome to the Tweenies chart countdown.
“At No 4 in the Tweenies chart with One Finger, One Thumb, it’s Milo.”
The Daily Star reports that disgusted parents branded the faux pas “a total disgrace” with dad Mark Roberts saying, “It’s completely out of order. It’s not right for anyone to be dressed as that evil man, let alone a children’s TV character.
“The complete lack of quality control the BBC have over their programming was absolutely sickening.
“Somebody at the BBC should get fired for this. It’s a total disgrace.”
And Dina Kudinova added, “For a minute I thought we were watching some sick spoof, I couldn’t believe they had broadcast it.
“They bung a load of old programmes on at weekends without a second thought. It was only a matter of time before something like this got aired.”
One viewer took to Twitter to rant, “Can’t believe in Tweenies on CBeebies today a character was impersonating Savile in parody of TOTP!!! What is the BBC thinking?”
The BBC subsequent issued a statement yesterday which reads, “This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile.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.”
Savile has of course been accused of committing hundreds of sex crimes, and a massive police inquiry into the allegations against him – and “others” – is ongoing.
Here’s a look at the episode of Tweenies that caused the furore…