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Last Updated: Friday, 22 February 2008, 11:19 GMT
BBC TV shelves teen suicide drama
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17 young people have apparently killed themselves since last January
A TV drama about the suicide of a teenage girl has been postponed after a number of recent deaths in south Wales.

A BBC Three spokeswoman said that, after "careful consideration", Dis/Connected would not be shown on Monday.

In just over a year, 17 young people have apparently killed themselves in the Bridgend county area.

A new date to screen Dis/Connected, which explores the impact of the suicide on the girl's friends, has yet to be decided.

The spokeswoman said: "It's a drama about the emotional build-up to the suicide of this teenage girl and the effects this has on her friends.

Gven the recent tragic events in Bridgend, it's going to be postponed until a later date
BBC Three spokeswoman
"Essentially, while it's all handled very sensitively, after careful consideration the BBC has decided that, given the recent tragic events in Bridgend, it's going to be postponed until a later date."

On Tuesday, the body of 16-year-old Jenna Parry was found in the village of Cefn Cribwr, five miles from the town of Bridgend.

Police say there is no link between the death and a number of suicides in the area and no suggestion of a pact.

'Fantastical nature'

Meanwhile, the BBC has defended screening an Ashes to Ashes episode featuring sex workers, hours after Steve Wright was found guilty of murdering prostitutes.

It responded after six complaints were made that it was insensitive to show the programme after Wright's conviction for the 2006 murders of five women who worked as prostitutes in Suffolk.

The sequel to drama Life on Mars was shown on Thursday, just before of the news, which showed Wright's conviction as its main story.

A spokesman said: "Due to the fantastical nature of Ashes to Ashes - the fact that it is set in a different era and different location - we believe that there is little similarity between the Suffolk murders and the plotline."

In Ashes to Ashes, set in 1981, DCI Gene Hunt, played by Philip Glenister, joins forces with female time-traveller Alex Drake, played by Keeley Hawes.


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