London: The BBC has been reportedly slammed
for an upcoming documentary about teenage sex and asked to axe
the programme that the corporation accepts is not educational.
The hour long Sex Season programme, `Cherry Healey: Like A
Virgin`, which includes the F-word and discussions about oral
sex and sex aids, is due to be aired on BBC3 on Thursday, the
`Sunday Express` reported.
Vivienne Pattison of TV watchdog Mediawatch said: "The
show`s terrible, almost a freak show. It`s also irresponsible,
inappropriate, disturbing and even exploitative towards some
of those featured in it.
"For a programme clearly aimed at a teenage audience
it is extremely irresponsible not to include any discussion of
The programme introduces a young man, Dan, from a jazz
band who shows a girl a condom described as a "willy hat" and
jokes with her about sexual positions. She then hosts a chat
with a group of young men, one of whom claims he had oral sex
with a woman outside an eating joint, the newspaper said.
Mediawatch says the programme flouts the Ofcom code
dealing with "generally accepted standards" and plans to lodge
a complaint with the BBC and Ofcom. "If this is designed to
be educational it clearly fails. If however it is designed as
entertainment then it`s is prurient," Pattison said.
Echoing similar sentiments, former government
minister Ann Widdecombe said: "The BBC should not screen this
programme. It seems to me that they are just trying to set new
boundaries and to do this at 9 PM when a lot of young people
will still be up is horrendous."
A BBC spokeswoman, however, said: "Cherry Healey: Like
A Virgin adheres to BBC editorial guidelines and is scheduled
appropriately with a strong language warning prior to