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
I too miss the good old days when known monsters like Saville were free to roam because "innocent until proven guilty"
Ah, but you are collating known knowledge, i'e Savile, with allegations, and regarding them as the same. What we know now about Savile was only what most suspected at the time. The two scenarios are totally different. Savile was knowingly stalking women through his career - and seemingly everyone knew about it but allowed it to happen. With this actor, it is merely allegations, which has not received any police investigation and is based on a "he said she said" level of defence. The person accused has categorically denied it. Of course, if he is guilty then he must answer to his actions and face the consequences. But what if he is never found guilty? Never fully investigated and never ever declared innocent? These allegations could hang over him forever and damage his career when he might not actually have done anything at all. It seems like a form of persecution to pull the drama as it is in a way the BBC saying "we think he is guilty" when they have already said "we are making no judgement." Well, their actions suggest they most definately making judgements.
I would also add, that if ever anyone was knowingly acting and behaving the way Savile did, then of course the book must be thrown at them. There is no place at all for them in society. But people who have just been rumoured to have done something, without investigation, without founded allegation and without a fair justice system, should not be pre judged or given a trial by media. That is really the point I was trying to make. We are all capable of making our own minds up.
If we only get one life, why does it take several attempts to get it right?