The editorial guidelines of one of the recent episodes of a BBC Radio 4 show have been breached following a joke about the Queen’s sex life. The breach is considered to be a rather serious one.
An episode of the comedian panel show Don’t Make Me Laugh received above 100 complaints after it included the subject “The Queen must have had sex at least four times.” The episode was aired on the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Following public backlash, the BBC decided to apologise the next day. The BBC Trust found jokes about the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh having sex to be “personal, intrusive and demeaning.”
A BBC Radio 4 spokesperson revealed that while BBC Radio 4 comedy is a broad church and occasionally pushes boundaries, the scheduling of the programme was not intended to coincide with the Queen’s birthday. The latter was also apologetic about the episode’s gross content.