DCI Stone

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Lesson Planned


Artist: Gurpeet Kaur Bhatti

Year: 2013

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: Europe

Location: Birmingham

Subject: Religion, Violence

Medium:

Confronting Bodies: BBC Compliance Department

Description of Artwork: Bhatti wrote an episode, called Heart of Darkness, for the series DCI Stone. It tells the story of an investigation into the death of a 16 year old asian girl. When it emerges that the girl was a victim of an “honor killing”, DCI Stone is told by his bosses to treat the case sensitively.

The Incident: The BBC compliance department asked the producer to remove some of the lines pertaining to the honor killing from the script, citing concerns that the lines suggested that the muslim community as a whole condones honor killing.

Results of Incident: The episode aired with the lines removed.

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/behzti-playwright-accuses-bbc-of-extraordinary-censorship-of-honour-killings-episode-8471789.html