THE BBC has issued an apology for broadcasting the controversial video nasty Cannibal Holocaust as part of its Christmas Day offerings.
The horrific found-footage film was shown uncensored in a prime spot on the schedule – just after Wallace & Gromit and before the Call the Midwife Christmas Special.
BBC head of communications Mary Fisher said: “As a public broadcaster, it is our duty not to show stomach-churning acts of cannibalism and torture before the watershed. We have failed in that duty.
“We wanted to challenge the public with daring and different Christmas programming. But our desire to bring balance to our winter schedule perhaps tipped us too far in the other direction.
“We’ve since learned, from viewer feedback, that people don’t want to see someone being impaled through the arse while they’re settling down in their Christmas jumpers to eat Chocolate Oranges.”
But some viewers backed the BBC. Margaret Gerving, a great-grandmother from Swansea, said: “It was a damn sight less shit than Kung Fu Panda 3 on ITV3.”