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Tuesday, 30 January, 2001, 17:56 GMT
BBC show rapped over Beckhams joke
They Think It's All Over
They Think It's All Over: It is for the show's repeat
The BBC has edited out sexual comments about Victoria and David Beckham from its comic sports quiz They Think It's All Over following a complaint.

A viewer complained about a "gross and poisonous" attack on the couple during an edition of the show screened last June.

The BBC programme complaints unit's latest report states that the comments went too far - the remark will not be seen in any repeat.

It said that being in the public eye, the couple were a "legitimate target" for the show's humour, but that the sexual suggestion about them "went beyond even the broad limits which the programme has established for itself".

It is not the first run-in between the couple and the programme.

David and Victoria Beckham
David and Victoria Beckham: Butt of show's jokes
Posh Spice Victoria has had a war of words with panellist Rory McGrath, after a string of jokes at her expense.

She responded by blasting him as "that ugly b******" in a magazine interview.

McGrath also dressed up as Victoria for a programme publicity shot with show regular Jonathan Ross as Beckham and host Nick Hancock as the couple's baby Brooklyn.

But a different complaint - an appeal about the lack of celebrations for the technical beginning of the Millennium on 1 January 2001 - was dismissed.

'Proper response'

The BBC governors' programme complaints committee said "it would not have been sensible for the BBC to do other than come into line with a date generally accepted across the country for the Millennium celebration".

The appeal was against the committee's decision not to look into complaints failing to give the date enough recognition.

BBC chairman Sir Christopher Bland said that as regulators of the BBC, the governors must ensure a proper response to complaints from individuals.

He added they must also give a public account of serious editorial complaints which have been upheld and the action taken to remedy these.

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