Tweenie Max becomes Jimmy Savile’s most famous victim
THE BBC wanted to opurge the place of Jimmy Savile. The BBC cleansed Savile from its Desert Island Discs database. This is the BBC that came up with the vacuous decision to edit out an appearance of Jonathan King on a 1976 edition of Top of the Pops for a BBC4 rerun. King was convicted and jailed for sex with underage teenage boys a few years back, but what could be the rationale for this show ‘laundering’; this charade that King never existed?
Others to be erased from the BBC’s archives: Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ike Turner, Michael Jackson (OK never convicted, but, y’know….), Boy George, Gary Glitter, Sid Vicious and Phil Spector. And anything and eveything they ever worked on, and projects they helped to create.
But things seep through. CBeebies has rerun a 2001 episode in which Max appears dressed as Jimmy Savile. The BBC is aghast:
“This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of the Tweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile. This programme will not be repeated and we are very sorry for any offence caused.”
I’m off to douse my Tweenie Max doll in petrol, and burn it in an unmarked grave.