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Monday, 27 March, 2000, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Singapore's Ally McBeal ban
Gil Bellows with Calista Flockhart
Gil Bellows with Calista Flockhart, who plays Ally McBeal
A Singapore TV station has banned an episode of the US TV hit Ally McBeal, which features two women kissing.

The Television Corporation of Singapore (TCS) said it had scrubbed the episode because it "centres around alternative sexual explorations".


Actress Lucy Liu
Ally's colleague Ling Woo, played by Lucy Liu
"As a responsible broadcaster, we are very careful to monitor and take action against overtly sexy or alternative themes," the TCS statement added.

"We do this without compromising the programme's integrity and appeal."

Called Buried Pleasures, the banned episode shows the main character Ally, a lawyer played by actress Calista Flockhart, and her colleague Ling Woo (Lucy Liu) going out on a date in a dream sequence.

When the episode, which also features a scene of actress Portia de Rossi being spanked with a hairbrush, was shown in the US last November, it drew the show's largest audience ever.

Ally McBeal is one of TCS's top-rated shows, however Singapore is known for its tight controls on media and for its support of family-oriented "Asian values".

Censorship

Last year Singapore's censors targeted the spy spoof, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me - renaming it Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shioked Me.


Mike Myers and Kristen Johnson
Shiocking: Mike Myers and co-star Kristen Johnson
Shioked means good or nice in Singapore's mix of English, Malay and Chinese dialects.

Most of Singapore's 3.2 million people are ethnic Chinese, Malay or Indian.

TCS has also slapped "parental guidance" ratings on two other episodes of Ally McBeal's new season, scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

In last year's season, two episodes were also rated PG because of sexually explicit content.

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