Entries by John Fleming from 10/2012

In Defence of Rape Jokes

| Posted 10.04.2012 | UK Comedy

If rape jokes are to be banned, why not also ban murder jokes, incest jokes, adultery jokes and jokes about travelling salesmen, mothers in law and rabbits? All were certainly offensive to the ears of pre-War BBC Radio. It is a short and slippery slope from banning jokes to burning books.

Paedophile DJ Jimmy Savile - What I 'Knew' But Never Reported Years Ago

| Posted 10.11.2012 | UK

The BBC is getting blamed for doing nothing about Jimmy Savile, although it seems, over the years, five police forces actually investigated stories about him in some way and did nothing. I worked in British television from 1973 onwards, though only twice on BBC programmes; the rest of the time, I worked for ITV and independent companies. Still, I heard rumours about Jimmy Savile.

The Road to Hell - My Defence of Sexist, Racist and (Yes Certainly) Rape Jokes

| Posted 10.18.2012 | UK Comedy

Banning any jokes about anything is a bad idea. Trying to get comedy club owners to ban comedians who (they believe) tell or have told or may tell 'rape jokes' is not just a bad idea, it is actively dangerous. Where does the censorship end?

Jimmy Savile, Sexism at the BBC and Rapes in 31 US States

| Posted 10.23.2012 | UK Lifestyle

Last night, a female friend and I watched (on BBC TV) the special Panorama investigation Jimmy Savile: What the BBC Knew - a programme not just about ...

Crowd Funding the Man Who Wrote for Tony Hancock Ten Years After He Died

| Posted 10.28.2012 | UK Comedy

If you pay £1,000, you can have the forgotten comedy hero of your choice added into the book.

Jimmy Savile, Gary Glitter and Roman Polanski - Comparing Artists and Arses

| Posted 10.31.2012 | Huffington Post

"Roman Polanski?" someone said to me yesterday afternoon. "Well, he's not as bad as Jimmy Savile, is he?" That is like a red rag to a bull. Was Jack...