BBC to investigate Pugwash rumours


THE BBC is to launch a £10m probe into claims of sexually suggestive language in its 1970s cartoons.

It’s about closure

The inquiry will focus on previously false allegations that popular children’s programme Captain Pugwash included references to masturbation, under-age sex and seminal fluid.

A spokesman said: “We think it may have been used to send coded messages to members of a paedophilia ring at the very top of the British establishment.

“Also, we’ve decided that a ‘Pugwash’ means being urinated on simultaneously by four Radio One DJs.”

The Pugwash inquiry forms part of larger £400m BBC investigation into every single thing that was said, done or thought about in Britain between 1970 and 1985.

Meanwhile, a separate £30m probe will attempt to find out how its radio headquarters in central London came to be named ‘Bush House’.

The spokesman added: “We would prefer if you didn’t call it a ‘probe’. We think that’s inappropriate.”

The corporation stressed the Pugwash probe will not involve actually watching Captain Pugwash, but will instead examine the culture that led to rumours about the names of some of the characters in it.

The investigation will also look at other 1970s animation after claims that Mr Ben was being groomed, Ivor the Engine included a character called ‘Jones the Felch’ and that ‘Mary, Mungo and Midge’ was secretly used as a verb.

And after watching Paddington, BBC chiefs have confirmed that ‘marmalade sandwich’ was a widely-used 1970s term for a gay threesome involving Ralph Malph from Happy Days.



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