BBC receives more than 180 complaints for Big Night In over ‘offensive comedy’

BBC confirms night of Eurovision to replace cancelled grand finalThe show received 181 complaints (Picture: BBC)

The BBC has received 181 complaints for the Big Night In, which was in aid of coronavirus relief efforts, over ‘offensive comedy’.

The broadcaster included the three-hour-long show, which saw Children In Need and Comic Relief join forces for the first time, on their fortnightly complaints report, citing ‘offensive content or humour’ as the ‘main issue’.

There is currently no further information on which specific part of the show viewers took issue with, as comedians, actors and musicians came together for the one-off programme.

Raising £67 million for coronavirus relief efforts, the Big Night In featured the likes of Catherine Tate and David Tennant, who teamed up for a Lauren Cooper sketch, while David Walliams and Matt Lucas revived Little Britain for the occasion.

Dawn French blessed us all with an extra sketch from The Vicar Of Dibley, with Peter Kay making his sensational return to TV after a two year hiatus with a re-creation of his hit (Is This The Way To) Amarillo.

Even Prince William got in on the action, starring in a brilliant sketch with Stephen Fry, which saw the pair chatting away about Netflix’s Tiger King and EastEnders.

BBC confirms night of Eurovision to replace cancelled grand finalPrince William got in on the action (Picture: BBC) BBC confirms night of Eurovision to replace cancelled grand finalCatherine Tate and David Tennant joined forces for a new sketch (Picture: BBC)

As the 3-hour long special ended, the total stood at more than £27 million, with more donations pouring in overnight.

The UK government pledged to match the total on the night, with the first £20 million going to National Emergencies Trust and the rest split between Children In Need and Comic Relief.

Sir Lenny Henry, Davina McCall, Matt Baker, Zoe Ball and Paddy McGuinness co-hosted the star-studded programme.

According to the website, BBC Children In Need and Comic Relief will focus the funds on three areas: ‘food and other basic essentials’, ‘connecting people with vital services and tackling isolation’ and ‘supporting local charities and projects to adapt and innovate to address hidden risks.’

Metro.co.uk has contacted the BBC for further comment.

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