The media watchdog has said it is investigating illusionist Derren Brown's latest TV show after viewers complained about a scene portraying a man restrained by a straitjacket on a railway track.Oh, damn!
And how many complaints did they receive?
Ofcom received 11 complaints about the set-up where the man made a Houdini-style escape moments before an oncoming train arrived at the spot where he was tied up.Eleven people took issue with this.
No, wait. Eleven complaints. There’s no guarantee that some - or all - of those eleven people weren’t sockpuppets.
And because they receive eleven emails/telephone calls/letters, they duly swing into action.
This is wrong, surely? Shouldn’t they have to wait until a significant percentage of viewers take offence?
The media regulator is investigating the show, broadcast on September 8 at 10pm, to see if it breached broadcasting regulations.Maybe it’s me, but isn’t that an incredibly broad description that could encompass just about anything?
It will decide whether the railway scene provided "adequate protection for members of the public from the inclusion in such services of harmful or offensive material" or whether the programme included material "which condones or glamorises violent, dangerous or seriously antisocial behaviour and is likely to encourage others to copy such behaviour".