BBC refuse to edit raunchy Sherlock scenes for repeats

As we reported yesterday, some fans of hit BBC detective drama Sherlock were angered by scenes depicting nudity when last Sunday’s episode aired before the 9pm watershed.

Today, it’s been reported that the BBC received in excess of 100 complaints from viewers over the scenes, which featured Lara Pulver as lesbian dominatrix Irene Adler, who was wearing only heels, earrings, and a rather fetching smile.

However, despite the complaints, the broadcaster has refused to edit the scenes in time for the episode to be repeated this weekend…

On Sunday night, horrified viewers – who were watching with the children – were even more mortified when the character brandished a whip and walked into a room where another woman was tied to a bed.

Again, as we reported yesterday, one angry viewer posted to an internet forum that he’d been watching the show with his ten year old son.

He said, “Dominatrix?! Watershed anyone? My ten-year-old was watching that.”

Another viewer remarked, “I don’t think the storyline in Sherlock is pre-watershed suitable.”

In the article I wrote about this story yesterday, I did imply that I thought it was all a bit of a fuss about nothing, but having given it further thought, I can indeed see how that whole thing could’ve been a teensy bit awkward to explain if a child was watching.

Can you imagine the squirm factor if little Johnny asked why the lady was carrying a whip, and why another lady was tied to the bed?

My get out whenever anything a tad tricksome was on TV when my kids were little would’ve gone something like this…

“Well Johnny, that lady has just had a bath and forgotten where she put her PJs, and that other lady was playing with ropes and got herself all tangled up. Never play with ropes Johnny…”

I would not have opted for the truth, which would be, “Well Johnny, these ladies are lesbians, that means two mummies who love each other very much, and one of them likes to whip other ladies, and that lady there, on the bed, she gets excited when another lady whips her…”

Yeah, super awkward, so parents, I apologise for trivializing the impact of this episode in my post yesterday.

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.