Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BBC Face Blasphemy Case on Springer Flop

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

BBC Face Blasphemy Case on Springer Flop

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Byline: ALEXA BARACAIA

BBC BOSSES are facing legal action for blasphemy over their decision to screen controversial musical Jerry Springer the Opera.

It comes as armed guards have been drafted in to protect the homes of BBC executives responsible for broadcasting the show - which was watched by only 1.8 million people on Saturday night.

BBC2 controller Roly Keating and director of television Jana Bennett have already been forced to leave their London homes following death threats against them.

Their addresses were published on the website of religious lobby group Christian Voice, whose members burned their licence fees in protest at the programme. The organisation today revealed it now plans to sue the BBC and the Cambridge Theatre, where the play is staged.

They say the opera is blasphemous because it includes scenes depicting Jesus, God, Mary and Satan - along with the use of strong language.

One scene portrays a nappy-wearing Jesus confessing he is a "bit gay". …

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