The BBC has apologised after screening a repeat of a children’s television programme featuring a character dressed as Jimmy Savile.
An episode of The Tweenies filmed in 2001 was shown on CBeebies before 9am on Sunday.
In the episode, a character called Max presents a Top of the Pops-style show. Wearing one of Savile’s trademark tracksuits topped off with a blond wig, he uses the disgraced presenter’s accent and utters the catchphrase: “Now then, guys and gals.”
A BBC spokesman said: “This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of The Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile. This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused.”
Viewers tweeted about the gaffe. Kenny Senior wrote: “Are BBC trying to self destruct? Max from Tweenies dressed as Jimmy Savile just now nearly chokes on my cornflakes.”
Please, do fuck off and get a sense of proportion.