Belfast Telegraph

BBC pulls 'under-age sex' drama

The BBC has pulled an episode of crime drama New Tricks about an under-age sex ring in a care home in the light of allegations about DJ Jimmy Savile.

The programme was due to be screened at 9pm tonight but a BBC spokeswoman said: "In light of current news events, this week's billed episode of New Tricks will be replaced by next week's episode."

The episode of the show, which stars Alun Armstrong and Dennis Waterman as police officers brought out of retirement to investigate unsolved crimes, was about a child abuse scandal spanning two decades.

A new date for transmission has not been agreed.

This is not the first time this year that the BBC has been forced to drop a planned drama because it was seen to reflect current events.

Last month, it postponed the final episode of Good Cop after the deaths of policewomen Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes.

The drama, starring former Hollyoaks and Luther actor Warren Brown, featured a violent attack on a female police officer.

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