Histoire de la Télévision: Madonna présentant le Turner prize sur C4 en 2001.
A history of watershed-busting television
EastEnders, Top Gear and even the Turner prize coverage have all proved themselves to be before their time
The Guardian, Wednesday 8 June 2011
- The 2010 X Factor hopefuls may have been unrelentingly dull, but the final proved anything but as Christina Aguilera and Rihanna discarded most of their clothes and ground their way round the stage pre-watershed. The Daily Mail was not amused but did manage to publish a surprising number of graphic pictures. Ofcom ruled the routines were "at the limit" of acceptability. However, it said the Mail's coverage was "significantly more graphic" than the broadcast material.
- Who would have thought a cocktail of Madonna, the Turner prize and a live broadcast might result in controversy? While presenting a live show about the art prize for Channel 4 in 2001, the singer used the term "motherfucker" 15 minutes before the watershed, which C4 tried – but failed – to beep out.
- EastEnders embarks on controversial new storylines with a regularity as wearying as a shift down the launderette, most recently raising questions with Phil Mitchell's fastforward descent into red-faced crack hell and its provocative baby-snatch storyline. In 2008, Ofcom rapped the BBC for burying Max Branning alive pre-watershed, and in 2003 raised concerns about frank discussion of rape in the early-evening timeslot.
- BBC2's Top Gear aired a spoof VW ad in its 8pm timeslot in 2009 in which a man killed himself by shooting himself in the head. Viewers complained it was "too graphic and unsuitable for the time of broadcast". The watchdog agreed.
- Channel 4 has managed to prove – twice – that animation is no bar to watershed-busting; it was reprimanded for airing at 6pm an episode of The Simpsons in which U2 and then (more shockingly) Mr Burns used the term "wankers", and also for broadcasting a three-minute sexually explicit animation, His Passionate Bride, at 7.55pm.
- Never mind the watershed – as Ali G, the comedian Sacha Baron Cohen (left) managed to broadcast "motherfucker" "spasticated" and "batty boy" on Radio 1 before most people had even digested their breakfasts when he appeared on Sara Cox's show in 2002. Cox was forced to apologise repeatedly.
Source: The Guardian.
Madonna presenting the Turner prize on C4 in 2001 resulted in outrage at her swearing before the watershed.