ITV has apologised for airing a repeat of Benidorm that contained references to Rolf Harris.
The broadcaster aired the edition at 9.00pm last night only a day after the Australian entertainer was convicted of multiple counts of indecent assault.
The show featured Tim Healy’s character performing a pool-side rendition of Harris’ 1969 hit ‘Two Little Boys’, which was introduced as a “classic Rolf Harris number”, whilst the character of Jacqueline made a further reference to Harris.
“This was a repeat episode of Benidorm and we wish to apologise for this oversight.” – ITV
ITV took swift action to rectify their oversight by pulling the episode from its time shift service ITV+1. The show’s writer and creator Derren Litten took to Twitter to offer his own apology, writing “Extremely unfortunate timing of a Benidorm repeat tonight. Apologies to anyone who was offended.”
He added: “An apology was appropriate as ITV went from a song made famous by Rolf Harris straight into the news with that headline. Also that song was not written by Harris. It was a song written in 1902 about the American Civil War. First made popular by Harry Lauder.”
Harris was found guilty of 12 counts of indecent assault that took place between 1968 and 1986 on Monday at Southwark Crown Court. He will be sentenced this Friday.
“Viewers need to grow some, being offended by such things on behalf of others. We really are becoming the country that is offended by every little thing. It was a repeat for Christ stake!” – TV Critic Queenie Le Trout