MTV to air full series of Popetown in Germany

Music channel MTV said today it will air the full series of the Popetown cartoon in Germany, citing a positive response from viewers after it broadcast one episode in the face of strong criticism from the church and politicians.

Music channel MTV said today it will air the full series of the Popetown cartoon in Germany, citing a positive response from viewers after it broadcast one episode in the face of strong criticism from the church and politicians.

The show was originally made for BBC Three, but they dropped the 10-part show in 2004, arguing that its comedy value was not enough to offset the potential offence it could cause to Catholics.

Plans to broadcast the cartoon – which features corrupt cardinals, a buxom nun and an infantile pope who bounces around the Vatican on a pogo stick – have drawn protests particularly in Pope Benedict XVI’s native Bavaia.

MTV decided to broadcast one episode last week, then consider public reaction before airing more.

A Munich court rejected a call by the city’s Roman Catholic archdiocese to ban that screening on grounds that the cartoon is disparaging to Catholics.

Today, the channel said it will broadcast the remaining nine instalments starting May 10.

It cited a positive reaction from viewers, including a survey by a market research group, and a lack of legal objections from a German television watchdog.

It was screened last year in New Zealand and stars Popetown features comics Matt Lucas, Bob Mortimer, Ruby Wax and Mackenzie Crook.

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