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Last Updated: Monday, 2 June, 2003, 13:40 GMT 14:40 UK
Jungle show 'not cruel' to wildife
Winner Phil Tufnell spent two weeks among the creepy-crawlies
ITV1's reality TV show I'm A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here has been cleared by TV watchdogs of causing any cruelty to jungle creatures.

During the programme's so-called Bushtucker Trials, insects were poured down John Fashanu's shorts and dropped on to Danniella Westbrook's head.

In other challenges, Wayne Sleep had to crawl past hundreds of rats, while Fashanu was made to put his head in a tankful of eels.

Fifty viewers contacted the Independent Television Commission to complain that the show was cruel to insects and animals.

But the commission gave it the all-clear after programme-makers explained that professional animal handlers were present on site and animal welfare organisations had been consulted.

Hutchence ruling

In another ruling, the ITC censured a TV programme which showed viewers how to recreate the death of INXS singer Michael Hutchence.

The Infamous Fives show on digital channel E4 included a demonstration of autoerotic asphyxiation - a sex game which some said may have accidentally caused Hutchence's death.

Autoerotic asphyxiation involves restricting air flow during sexual activity to heighten sensation.

Hutchence, 37, was found hanged from a door in his Sydney hotel room in 1997.

A Coroner recorded a verdict of suicide, but Hutchence's late wife Paula Yates insisted he had died when the sex game went wrong.

The ITC ruled that Infamous Fives had breached taste and decency guidelines.

Warnings during the show were insufficient and the ITC criticised programme-makers for including scenes which "impressionable" viewers could have tried to copy.




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