Nothing much on TV tonight: BBC postpones naked rambler documentary after Stephen Gough arrest


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The Independent Culture

The BBC postponed a documentary about naked rambler Stephen Gough after he was arrested for refusing to wear clothes in public.

The BBC1 film, The Naked Rambler, was pulled from tonight’s schedule, after the former Royal Marine was arrested in Winchester last week for breaching the terms of his anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) .

The film followed Gough’s attempt to walk naked 400 miles from Scotland to his home in Eastleigh, Hampshire.

The BBC is unable to screen the film since the 54-year-old, who is banned from displaying his buttocks and genitalia in public, is due to appear via videolink at Winchester Crown Court on September 11.

Gough, who chooses not to wear clothes as a protest against the idea that nudity is offensive, gained notoriety when he walked naked from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2003 and again in 2005.

He has been sentenced to more than six years in prison and received dozens of convictions for his belief that it is his human right to be naked in public.

A BBC spokesperson confirmed the documentary had been postponed for legal reasons.