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ITV have announced that they will not broadcast the final episode of "Viewpoint" tonight (Friday) following the recent allegations of sexual harassment and bullying against the show's lead Noel Clarke.

ITV drops final episode of Viewpoint from main channel following sexual harassment claims

In a statement, ITV said: "In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening."

The five-part thriller has been running every night this week, but ITV have confirmed that the final episode will still be available on ITV Hub.

According to ITV's online TV Guide, tonight's episode will be replaced - apparently with no sense of irony - by an episode of "It'll Be Alright on the Night", although it's not clear at the moment if there will be regional variations.

Tags: Viewpoint, Guardian allegations, ITV Hub, ITV, Noel Clarke

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@Baz posted:

Yes , I saw that Eugene …..I thought it was a bit of overkill , seeing as the guy hasn’t been proved guilty yet .

I've not been watching "Viewpoint" (I only posted this thread as a public service in case other FMs are), but my understanding is that its plot involves a missing woman and secret surveillance footage, so it's possible that ITV felt some of the content might hit a little too close to home.

Things are moving quickly and I'm unsure of the legal situation, but AFAIK there's no talk of any charges at the moment. The women involved originally approached BAFTA anonymously, and (I believe) only went to the Guardian after it was clear BAFTA weren't going to do anything.

IMO (and I stress this is only my impression from recent reporting), the response by BAFTA and others to the Guardian's article seems to support the suspicion that this has been a bit of an "open secret" in the industry for some time, but nothing was being done because of the absence of "on the record" accusations. Clarke has had a habit of working with young female newcomers, and the Guardian article is full of quotes from the accusers saying that they were "young and naïve" and worried Clarke would ruin their career if they spoke out.

And then there's Adam Deacon... Deacon was found guilty of harassment without violence back in 2015 following a feud in which Deacon accused Noel Clarke of sabotaging his career (they'd worked together on "Kidulthood" and other projects). Clarke denied this at the time, however there's been a lot of suggestions recently that it looks like Deacon was right all along and is owed an apology. I think we're going to hear a lot more about this over the next few days...

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