The media watchdog received 170 complaints about the scene, which the production company behind ‘Fireman Sam’ insisted back in July was supposed to show “illegible text”, but Ofcom have now ruled they won’t be taking the matter any further.
They said in a statement: “We studied a recording of the programme in the highest possible resolution. We found that the page did appear to contain Arabic text, but its contents could not have been deciphered, nor recognised as being from a given text.”
The episode in question - which was pulled from Channel 5’s online streaming service following the controversy - showed a character called Elvis carrying a tray of drinks, and slipping on a pile of papers in one brief scene.
As they flew into the air, one was shown covered in what looked to be Arabic text, which some Twitter users specifically claimed showed Surah Mulk (67), verses 13-26.
Responding to the controversy at the time, a spokesperson for Hit Entertainment clarified: “The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this error. We sincerely apologise for any distress or offence it may have caused.
“We will no longer be working with the animation studio responsible for this mistake. In addition, we are taking immediate action to remove this episode from circulation and we are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again. Again, we apologise unreservedly to our viewers.”