THE BBC is to screen tonight’s episode of Ashes To Ashes despite concern about its content.
The decision comes in the wake of the verdicts in the Suffolk murders trial, which a jury returned this afternoon.
Steve Wright, 49, of Ipswich was found guilty of murdering five women, who were working as prostitutes.
He will be sentenced tomorrow at Ipswich Crown Court.
Tonight’s scheduled episode of Ashes To Ashes involves a police investigation into the murder of a young choir girl and rape and attempted murder of a prostitute.
It also includes scenes which feature a prostitute being abducted and threatened with death.
After hours of deliberation, BBC executives decided to go ahead with tonight’s episode of the drama, the third in the new series.
A BBC spokesman told me: “Tonight’s episode of Ashes to Ashes will go ahead as planned, which fans of the programme would expect.
“There is little similarity between the plotline and that of the Suffolk murders – it is set in a different era, in a different location and the tone of the programme is fantastical rather than realistic.”
The main 10pm BBC News, which follows on directly from Ashes To Ashes, is due to lead on the Ipswich case.
8:45pm update: The BBC originally said an announcement would be made directly before tonight’s episode making clear the nature of the programme but this will not now happen.
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