TV watchdog upholds complaints about Carlton police drama
Carlton Television's The Bill has fallen foul of the Independent Television Commission for showing explicit scenes of nudity and indecent assault. Complaints against the ITV police drama for use of bad language were also upheld by the TV watchdog.

In its latest programme complaints bulletin published on Monday (17 April), the ITC ruled that an episode of the programme featuring a scene in which a male stripper sexually assaulted a female police officer was not appropriate before the 21.00 watershed. The episode, broadcast on 15 December at 20.00, was condemned by the commission for showing 'protracted and explicit' scenes in contravention of taste and decency guidelines.

The ITC also upheld separate complaints against The Bill for its use of bad language in a two-part story that aired on 23-24 November. The commission concluded that the 'casual use and amount of fairly strong language' in a story about a policeman's decline into alcoholism was not appropriate before the watershed. Complaints against the programme concerning an episode dealing with male rape were thrown out.

Elsewhere in the report, Cable & Wireless was reprimanded for showing an unencrypted transmission of adult services Television X - the Fantasy Channel and Playboy TV in breach of the programme code. A viewer in east London complained he had come across the Playboy service while viewing with his family on Christmas night.

The ITC rejected complaints about an episode of Channel 4's gay drama, Queer as Folk, over a joke about Jill Dando. The commission said the remark, in an episode broadcast on 15 February, was justified by its dramatic context. Behind the Crime, a Channel 4 series focusing on criminal case studies, was also cleared of giving airtime to criminals.