BBC defends gay kiss in Holby City

Holby CityThe BBC has defended a gay kiss in medical drama Holby City. The complaints come just a week after EastEnders was the subject of 125 complaints over a scene which showed gay couple Christian (John Partridge) and Syed (Marc Elliot) in bed together.

Contains video clip of gay kiss from Holby City

At the moment it is unclear how many viewers complained about a gay kiss in Holby City. The kiss was between Dan Hamilton (Adam Astill) and Antonie Malick (Jimmy Akingbola) with some viewers complaining the exchange was “inappropriate” and would “confuse” children. The BBC however has robustly defended the kiss just a week after it was forced to defend EastEnders.

“Holby City aims to reflect real life in the setting of a medical drama and this means telling stories about characters from many different backgrounds, faiths, religions and sexualities. We approach our portrayal of same-sex relationships in the same way as we do heterosexual relationships and aim to ensure depictions of affection or sexuality between couples are suitable Gay Kissfor pre-watershed viewing.” This is a story we will continue to tell with sensitivity and integrity as we follow a character who struggles to come to terms with his sexuality.” – BBC statement

Earlier this week Bryan Kirkwood, executive producer of EastEnders, also came out defending the soap. Kirkwood defended the scene between Christian and Syed which showed them in bed together and hugging. While the BBC received 125 complaints regarding the scene it also received 77 messages of support.

You can view a clip of the gay kiss in Holby City below.