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Ofcom confirms it will NOT investigate gay BBC spy drama

Joe Williams November 11, 2015

Despite earlier reports claiming otherwise, the broadcasting watchdog will not investigate London Spy.

Ofcom has said it will not investigate BBC drama London Spy – as it believes the show was “appropriately scheduled”.

The decision comes after The Sun falsely reported that the show was to be investigated over its “explicit sex scenes and nudity” earlier today.

The new thriller – written by Tom Rob Smith – was broadcast across the UK at 9pm on Monday on BBC2.

BAFTA-winning Ben Whishaw plays Danny in the drama series – described as “beautifully written”, by a BBC drama commissioner.

The show has won positive reviews from critics and viewers alike – with Whishaw’s portrayal receiving particular praise.

Despite this, today’s issue of The Sun claimed the show’s “explicit romping” was to be investigated by Ofcom after the BBC received thirteen complaints.

However, PinkNews can reveal that Ofcom will not be launching an investigation – after receiving just one complaint about the show.

“We assessed one complaint about a sex scene in London Spy on BBC Two. In our view the scene was appropriately scheduled after the watershed. We therefore won’t be investigating the programme,” a spokesperson told PinkNews.

“Our broadcasting rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples,” they added.

It has also been suggested that the broadcasting watchdog contacted The Sun to inform them of their decision before the aforementioned article was published.

PinkNews contacted The Sun regarding the claims, but is yet to receive a response.

The paper also included an article today that speculates on a Hollywood actor’s HIV status.

Describing the person as a “superstar”, the Sun wrote that it was “choosing not to name” him.

However, the vile article went on to speculate that lawyers for the star were preparing themselves for a “raft of potential legal claims”.

The article and headlines have been highly criticised by HIV campaign groups who state that it is “irresponsible” and “insidious”.

More: ben whishaw, HIV, LGBT, london spy, Ofcom, The Sun

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