BBC scraps offensive 'Popetown' cartoon

The BBC has bowed to pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and scrapped a cartoon which poked fun at the Pope.

The BBC has bowed to pressure from the Roman Catholic Church and scrapped a cartoon which poked fun at the Pope.

Popetown, featuring the voices of comedienne Ruby Wax as the pontiff and model Jerry Hall as a fame-hungry nun, was commissioned for digital channel BBC3.

BBC bosses now concede it is too offensive to be broadcast.

The decision is a victory for Catholic leaders, who had led a campaign to ban the show.

In a statement, BBC3 Controller Stuart Murphy said: “Popetown was a challenging project for BBC3 to undertake.

“After a lot of consideration and consultation, balancing the creative risk with the potential offence to some parts of the audience, we have decided not to transmit the programme.

“Despite all the creative energy that has gone into this project and the best efforts of everyone involved, the comic impact of the delivered series does not outweigh the potential offence it will cause.

“It has been an extremely difficult and complex decision to make. There is a fine judgment line in comedy between the scurrilously funny and the offensive.

“I knew when we developed the series that there was a risk involved but unfortunately, once we saw the finished series, it became clear that the programme fell on the wrong side of that line.”

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