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Television drama

The days when the entire British viewing public could be scandalised by a rogue swear word on television are, thankfully, over. The handful of irate voices calling for the BBC to pull Jerry Springer - The Opera from its schedules tomorrow night belong to a different age. Mediawatch UK, which is orchestrating this campaign, has also chosen a bad target. There are many more offensive programmes on TV nowadays - most of which barely register a squeak of protest. Jerry Springer will go out after the watershed. If parents are concerned about their children being subjected to expletives they have a solution at their fingertips: turn off the TV.