BBC consumer affairs programme Watchdog is to investigate complaints against BBC consumer greed programme Cash in the Attic.
The Watchdog probe was launched amid claims that an episode of Cash in the Attic was dropped because that week’s attic belonged to Jimmy Savile.
A Watchdog spokesman said: “We have emails sent between members of the production team which show there was a concerted effort to cover-up the contents of Savile’s creepy loft.”
One email reads: “This is a very bad attic. Very bad indeed. Certainly contains very little that could be sold at auction, or at least an auction that would not make you want to vomit.
“There is no cash in this attic. There is only horridness.
“Under no circumstances can this attic appear on television. As far as the BBC is concerned, this attic does not exist.”
Another email also suggests removing the loft ladders from Savile’s house and burning them, thereby sealing-off the attic forever.
The email adds: “This idea cannot possibly go wrong.”
Media analyst Julian Cook said: “Licence payers will no doubt be tremendously impressed that the corporation is now getting its programmes to investigate each other.
“Perhaps the BBC could also hold an inquiry into what the fuck it’s going to do when David Attenborough retires.”