BBC Interrupts "Mrs Brown's Boys" For The Death Of Nelson Mandela, Gets 850 Complaints
Not even the death of a global statesman can get between these people and their favourite bawdy sitcom.
Nelson Mandela's death was a big story for all news outlets — but some 850 BBC viewers wrote to complain about the blanket coverge.
BBC One switched 2.75 million viewers from the knockabout slapstick fun of Mrs Brown's Boys to live rolling news coverage, something the Beeb does very rarely.
Some people not quite in tune with world events (or South Africa's struggle for equality and justice) were less than pleased.
The decision-making is one around the significance of Nelson Mandela. Nobody needs a lecture on his importance but we are probably talking about the most important statesman, the most significant statesman, of the last 100 years, a man who defined freedom, justice, reconciliation, forgiveness. The importance of his life and marking his death seems extremely clear to us
Perhaps a better argument is that the same night, Britain was being battered by storms and a tidal surge, causing some of the worst flooding in living memory.
The particular episode of Mrs Brown's Boys, "Mammy's Ass," a Christmas special, was a repeat anyway.
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