Line of Duty was hit with more than 300 complaints after a character with Down’s Syndrome was referred to as “the local odd ball”.
The BBC crime drama is back for a sixth season, but the first episode sparked a row over the scene which aired on March 21 – World Down Syndrome Day.
It sparked outrage on Twitter and a flurry of complaints to the BBC, with the organisation revealing 323 were received stating viewers were “unhappy that a character with Down’s Syndrome was referred to as the ‘local odd ball’.”
In the scene, Superintendent Ted Hastings (played by Adrian Dunbar) made the comment about Terry Boyle (played by Tommy Jessop), a character caught up in the murder investigation into the death of journalist Gail Vella.
Hastings was talking about another suspect, Carl Banks, and said: “He’s much more likely to be the gun man than the local odd ball.”
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