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A letter from a member of the Editorial Complains Unit to the un-named complainant reveals: “I think it is fair to say that a number of senior figures share, at least in part, your concerns about the manner in which Samantha is portrayed in the programme.
I have discussed this with Jane Berthoud, the Head of BBC Radio Comedy, and she has asked me to tell you that she is currently in talks with the producer of the show about how to update the Samantha character, and that changes will be made to the way Samantha is presented in the future.” You might think the progressive mindset would favour treatment for Samantha’s nymphomania rather than censure for the chaps who have to deal with the consequences of it, but it is always easier in the PC world to dodge the real issues.
“We’ve had terrible trouble with the BBC,” he says.
“Someone complained about Samantha – that it was being rude to women – and we were told we had to be careful, and not do this.” The Corporation points out that the complaint was “not upheld”, but Beeb-speak rarely tells the whole story, and it seems likely that the show will be purged.
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Her early bimbo persona was very quickly dropped, says Roberts, because “it didn’t sit well with the guys.