Channel 4 stand by comedian Frankie Boyle’s ‘vile’ joke

Channel 4 defied criticism last week and repeated a comedy show featuring a ‘vile’ joke regarding model Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey.



Frankie Boyle hit the headlines last week after a joke about model Katie Price and her disabled son Harvey caused outrage. Katie Price hit out at the comedian and also Channel 4 for broadcasting the programme ‘Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights’, and the subsequent repeat.

Katie Price has said that Channel 4 are endorsing the behaviour for failing to censor the programme. “The people who control the channel are endorsing this behaviour and it is disgusting. Even the fact that Ofcom are investigating the first broadcast has not made them divert from this path…By repeating Frankie Boyle’s show, Channel 4 are embracing and exploiting discrimination.”

Frankie Boyle has built his career around being controversial. He rose to fame on the BBC’s Mock The Week, in which he famously made a crude joke regarding The Queen. Head of Comedy at Channel 4 Shane Allen has said that Boyle’s comedy can be challenging. “We are aware that Frankie Boyle’s comedy can be very challenging which is why we have gone to careful lengths in scrutinising the material editorially, in scheduling the series appropriately and by giving clear and strong warnings into each of the programmes. We think that it is important that a space on terrestrial TV exists for comedy that takes risks and pushes boundaries and we stand by our original decision to broadcast the programme.”