C4 to screen Glee with Glitter song
Channel 4 is to go ahead with screening a scene in TV hit Glee which features actress Gwyneth Paltrow performing a track by convicted sex offender Gary Glitter.
The performance is likely to lead to a hefty windfall for the disgraced singer and the song has become a download hit in the US where it was screened earlier this week.
In the show, to be shown by E4 next month, Gwyneth sings the glam rock star's 1973 hit Do You Wanna Touch Me with a provocative dance routine.
By this afternoon it had made it into the American iTunes top 30 and songs from the high school TV show have become regular fixtures in the UK charts.
Shamed Glitter is expected to pick up royalties from sales of the song which Paltrow performs as teacher Holly Holliday, during a scene set in a sex education class.
Glitter was jailed in Vietnam for sexually assaulting two girls aged 10 and 11, and he was later deported back to the UK. He had earlier been imprisoned for possessing pornographic images of children on his computer in 1999 and was ordered to sign the sex offenders register.
The Glitter song originally reached number two in the UK charts in 1973 and a cover by Joan Jett made a big impact in the US in the early 1980s.
Channel 4 bosses confirmed today that they would continue to screen the track.
A spokeswoman said: "The scene is editorially justified within the programme and we do not seek to censor material in the proper context."
The song will feature on a forthcoming album of music from the series to be released in the UK next month.