Axed-ITV1 series The Vice has received a posthumous rap over the knuckles after the show failed to warn viewers about nudity and sexual behaviour in a show broadcast shortly after the watershed.
In its latest programme complaints report, the Independent Television Commission concluded that the episode, which featured the vice squad working undercover in a lap-dancing club to investigate a prostitution ring, had breached the programme code by not giving any advice or warning before the show started.
Programme-makers Carlton claimed that most viewers would be familiar with the content of this drama, which has just finished its fifth and final series. The company did not believe that the nudity at the beginning of the show, broadcast in June, was unduly explicit and that the other scene involving sex with a prostitute happened 12 minutes from the end of the show.
The ITC felt that some of the viewers might not have been prepared for the strong sexual content from the start of the episode. The report added that the overall amount of sexual activity was close to the margins of acceptability so soon after the watershed. It ruled that the show had breached section 1.3 of the programme code.