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The Sun falsely claims Ofcom is investigating BBC gay spy drama over sex scenes

Joe Williams November 11, 2015

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Ofcom says it is yet to launch an investigation – and has received just ONE complaint.

The Sun and Daily Mail have falsely reported that London Spy is to be investigated says the broadcasting watchdog.

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, both The Sun and Daily Mail have criticised the show’s “explicit” gay sex scenes – even thought the show was broadcast after the watershed.

However, claims that the BBC received thirteen complaints have been rubbished by Ofcom.

The broadcasting watchdog contacted PinkNews to reveal they are yet to launch an investigation – after receiving just a single complaint.

“We’ve received one complaint about London Spy on BBC Two. We will assess this complaint before deciding whether to investigate or not,” an Ofcom spokesman told PinkNews.

Ofcom also clarified that their rules do not discriminate between scenes involving opposite sex and same sex couples


Whishaw earlier this month said he is ‘baffled’ about a debate over actors revealing their sexuality.

The actor – who has a high-profile role as Q in the James Bond films – spoke after Matt Damon sparked a debate on the issue.

Watch a trailer for the show below.

More: BBC, ben whishaw, Gay, london spy, tom rob smith

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