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maandag 21 januari 2013

Jimmy Savile 'Tweenies' episode aired, BBC apologises

The BBC has apologised for showing a Tweenies episode featuring a character imitating disgraced DJ and TV presenter Jimmy Savile.

CBeebies broadcast the repeat, first screened in 2001, this morning (January 20).

The programme had Tweenies character Max appearing in a white wig and Savile-like tracksuit, and adopting his accent and catchphrases such as "Now then, guys and gals".

The BBC said: "This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile.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."

Numerous Twitter users had expressed shock at the incident, with @mrkennysenior writing: "Are BBC trying to self destruct? Max from Tweenies dressed as Jimmy Savile just now nearly chokes on my cornflakes."

"Jesus Christ, Max from Tweenies is dressed as Jimmy Savile. He just called them all guys and gals..." @theQuietus tweeted.

Savile, who died in October 2011 aged 84, has been revealed to have committed more than 200 sexual crimes, including 34 of rape or penetration, on victims as young as eight years old.

It was recently claimed that he used to boast of having contacts in the police who would "get rid" of allegations of wrongdoing.