The Goes Wrong Show Christmas special was hit with complaints (Picture: BBC)
The BBC has defended The Goes Wrong Show Christmas special after it was hit with complaints from viewers.
The half-hour festive play aired last week and saw a group of ‘amateur actors’ present their take on the nativity, however, some viewers blasted it as ‘offensive’ and ‘an insult to the Christian religion’.
Ahead of its broadcast, the official synopsis teased ‘the angel Gabriel develops a firework obsession, a donkey-actor argument resulted in unnecessary nudity, and there is way too much fire.’
While the BBC did not publish the nature of the complaints, the corporation argued that it’s ‘inevitable that some aspects of our programmes will occasionally strike some in our audience as inappropriate’.
‘This programme follows the fictional Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they attempt to put on a variety of plays, always with disastrous and comedic results,’ the BBC said in a statement.
‘In this Christmas special, the troupe performed the Nativity, with the usual technical hiccups and blunders that viewers of the programme would expect.’
The Angel Gabriel branding a fire extinguisher (Picture: BBC)
‘While it’s never our intention to offend or upset our viewers with what we show, it is perhaps inevitable that some aspects of our programmes will occasionally strike some in our audience as inappropriate,’ the statement continued.
‘This is especially so within comedy; one of the most subjective areas of programming.
‘Our Editorial Guidelines uphold the right to freedom of expression and the right of programme-makers to include material which some members of the audience may find inappropriate or offensive.
‘However, we are always very conscious of how jokes might resonate with those with direct experience of the subjects we cover, and we never set out to mock or undermine their beliefs and experiences.’
The BBC’s comments come after some viewers blasted the Christmas special on social media.
‘The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity @bbc canned laughter, not funny, so offensive to millions of Christians across London,’ wrote one. ‘You disgusting corporation of pigs. Hope you come crashing down very soon you woke scum.’
‘The Goes Wrong Show tonight in BBC 1 – appalling and an insult to the Christian religion,’ added another.
The Goes Wrong Show: The Nativity is available to stream on BBC iPlayer.
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