TV watchdog raps Bernard

21st April 2006 at 01:00
Ofcom, the broadcasting watchdog, has criticised an ITV children's drama for a scene in which a character was gagged and appeared to be tied to the coat hooks in a school changing room.

In an episode of the ITV1 show Bernard, primary pupils were seen re-enacting a medieval jousting tournament. Bernard, the main character, tied up the class bully, Nicolette, to prevent her from taking part.

Describing the scene as "problematic", Ofcom said:"Broadcasters should be aware of showing behaviour which is likely to be easily imitable and dangerous." ITV said the gag was made of material similar to a hairband - but Ofcom said that fact would be lost on most children.

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