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Harry Hill's clip show criticised
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Ofcom said Harry Hill's clips were "inappropriately scheduled"
Comedy series Harry Hill's TV Burp has been reprimanded by the media regulator for repeating graphic scenes from a survival show at a Saturday tea time.

Ofcom has upheld 44 complaints against a March edition of the ITV show, which takes a cheeky look at the week's TV.

It ran clips of adventurer Bear Grylls biting the head off a frog and apparently cooking a turtle alive.

Channel TV, which approved TV Burp for ITV, said it had "taken care" to ensure the show was suitable for transmission.

But Ofcom said the choice of clips required more "careful consideration".

Bear Grylls
Bear Grylls has faced accusations of faking scenes in his show
The clips were taken from Channel 4 series Born Survivor, in which Grylls claimed to cope alone in some of the world's most extreme environments.

Channel TV argued that the two shows were broadcast at similar times and Hill's sense of humour and show format were "well established" with the audience.

It also said the turtle was not alive when it was roasted, but some viewers may have got that impression because Hill did not show it being killed.

But due to the number of children in the audience, Ofcom said the clips were "inappropriately scheduled".

Bear 'prank'

Meanwhile, images have emerged from the Bear Grylls programme that show a crew member dressed in a bear suit.

The Discovery Channel, which aired the show in the US under the name Man vs Wild, said the costume was hired "as a prank" by the crew and no footage of the bear costume was broadcast.

A statement from the network said: "The pranks that were filmed were just that, they were never intended for air, nor did they make the final cut."

Last week, it was reported that Discovery said it would ensure the survival show was "100% transparent" in future after conceding parts could have misled viewers.

That came after claims that the explorer spent nights in hotels rather than in the wild, and that some scenes were set up for him.

Discovery said some elements of the show were "not natural to the environment" and crew had received some assistance mainly for "health and safety concerns".


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