BBC defends sex worker drama

THE BBC has defended its decision to screen a drama with a storyline involving sex workers and a potential serial killer, hours after Steve Wright was convicted of murder.

THE BBC has defended its decision to screen a drama with a storyline involving sex workers and a potential serial killer, hours after Steve Wright was convicted of murder.

Last night's episode of Ashes To Ashes, the 1980s sequel to hit series Life On Mars, was shown at 9pm on BBC One.

It was followed by the news at 10pm, with Wright's case the top story.

The BBC said it received one complaint from a viewer who thought the episode should have been postponed.


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A spokesman said last night: "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."

Ashes To Ashes stars Philip Glenister as politically incorrect Det Chief Insp Gene Hunt.

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It sees Det Chief Insp Alex Drake, an attractive, intelligent officer, finding herself transported from 2008 into Hunt's 1981 world.

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