BBC airs 'Jimmy Savile Tweenie' on children's TV

The BBC's show 'Tweenies', featuring a Jimmy Savile lookalike.
The BBC's show 'Tweenies', featuring a Jimmy Savile lookalike. Photo: YouTube

The BBC came under fire today after its popular children's show Tweenies featured a character dressed as Jimmy Savile.

Parent Dave Reynard, who was watching the show with his young son, told ITV News:

I see the BBC haven't learnt a thing! I saw this on The Tweenies this morning whilst watching with my little boy! How inappropriate can they get?

The Savile Tweenie, impersonating the disgraced DJ's Top of the Pops presenting style.
The Savile Tweenie, impersonating the disgraced DJ's Top of the Pops presenting style. Credit: YouTube

Tweenies, which has been broadcast by the BBC since 2003, is no longer producing new episodes and today's 8:40am programme was a repeat of a show that was originally aired in 2001.

The BBC apologised for airing the episode in a statement today.

This morning CBeebies broadcast a repeat of an episode of theTweenies, originally made in 2001, featuring a character dressed as a DJ impersonating Jimmy Savile.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.

– BBC spokeswoman