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Saturday, 29 October 2011

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Mrs Kylie Brighouse, 23, of Barnsley plays her joker

The BBC revealed today that following an internal pilot study, it will not be re-introducing the popular TV show 'It's a Knock-out'.

The show, which topped the ratings during the 70's and early 80's featured teams from different towns across the UK competing in a comic version of the Olympics. The winning national finalist then went on to compete against teams from other towns across Europe in a grand international final.

BBC producer, Nigel Beamer said that although he was disappointed, he accepted the decision not to re-introduce the show.

"We did a pilot show last month" said Mr Beamer. "Three teams from different towns took part and although everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, a number of problems with the original concept showed up"

"One of the events required competitors to throw footballs that had been smeared with grease over an eight foot wall, which they then had to climb over themselves. Well, climbing a wall with greasy hands is a difficult thing to do, and someone might of slipped and hurt themselves!"

"A second event had female competitors being sprayed with water as they traversed a 50 meter course using space-hoppers. It was felt by senior managers that the resulting wet tee-shirts sported by the women portrayed an image that was overtly sexist."

"And an event involving the kicking of beach-balls while wearing over-sized 'clown' shoes was obviously demeaning, and would have brought ridicule to those taking part."

"If we had gone ahead, the BBC would have been liable to civil action on the part of those that had suffered the indignity of others laughing at them. Also the public need to be protected, and in the end it was decided that the programme would be unsuitable for today's viewers."

The budget that had been allocated to the show will now be spent on importing more police dramas showing graphic scenes where people have their heads blown off with firearms.

Jeux sans frontières - Guerre sans violence.

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