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Thursday 8 October 2015

BBC sorry for Jimmy Savile spoof on children's CBeebies TV show

Published 21/01/2013

A total of 450 people have made sexual abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile
A total of 450 people have made sexual abuse allegations against Jimmy Savile

The BBC has issued an apology to viewers after a character in the popular children's show 'The Tweenies' appeared dressed as paedophile Jimmy Savile, pictured.

The episode, which was filmed in 2001 and was broadcast again on CBeebies yesterday, showed the character of Max dressed as the disgraced late presenter in a blond wig and oversized chain necklace. The beloved Tweenie also spouted Savile's catchphrase "Now then, guys and gals" during the offending scene, which sees him hosting a fictional music chart show.

DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, is accused of "grooming a nation" and abusing hundreds of children during his 60-year career.

'The Tweenies' was cancelled in 2003, but remains a children's favourite, which is regularly replayed on CBeebies, the BBC channel aimed at four- to six- year-olds.

Ofcom received complaints while parents took to Twitter to express their shock. Ruth Ellis tweeted: "Not sure the Jimmy Savile-themed Tweenies episode on at the moment is entirely appropriate. . . @CBeebiesHQ".

The BBC said: "This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused."

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