Bottomley ire over `Mirror'

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The Secretary of State for National Heritage, Virginia Bottomley, yesterday ordered an inquiry into BBC guidelines after copies of the Daily Mirror were heavily featured in the Christmas Day television hit Only Fools and Horses.

She was said to be "indignant" after yesterday's edition highlighted four scenes from the show in which characters were reading the paper or alongside its advertising posters. But a BBC spokesman said that in other scenes characters were seen reading papers including the Daily Star and Racing Post.