The bigger concern for the BBC is they've got three hours of primetime in Christmas week to fill having pulled their big Christmas drama from the schedule due to rape allegations against one of it's stars.
Shouldn't be too much of a problem at the moment, it would have been more of an issue if the schedule deadline had already passed. I'm sure they've got enough time to sort out an alternative schedule plan to fill this void.
It's more of an annoyance for the BBC in that this Agatha Christie drama was going to be one of the main highlights of their schedule. Depending on the outcome of these allegations, it's possible it may never get broadcast. But they obviously had no choice other than to remove it from their festive schedule plans. We just have to keep an open mind at this stage- innocent until proved guilty etc.
I don't agree that they should have pulled it. Are we not able to make our own minds up anymore? Blimey, they knew what Jimmy Savile was up to and they still put out Jim'll Fix It every Christmas! Yes, the concept of "innocent until proven guilty" has long gone. The BBC have decided this guy is guilty by acting as if he is. Publicising the pulling of a major TV show because of "allegations". I have run out of patience and compassion to a degree, because some of these "allegations" are so ridiculous that it demeans real abuse. Why didn't these "raped" women go to the police when it happened? Why do they all appear at the same time? I think the BBC should show the programme as our money paid for it and if we choose to not watch it out of protest or disgust, that's up to us. But I suspect millions more will be annoyed that the BBC have taken this extreme "guilty!" attitude. It's odd how the BBC is so enraged about off shore accounts too, yet pays Gary Linekar enough money to enable him to have one.
I suspect though that Ordeal By Innocence will simply be replaced with Little Women. No real problem.
If we only get one life, why does it take several attempts to get it right?