No Pope here, says BBC…

THE BBC has reportedly dropped plans for ‘Popetown’ – a comedy set in a fictional Vatican – because of fears that Catholics will be offended. I wonder if it came anywhere near as sacrilegious as the excellent ‘Father Ted’, which was rejected by RTE before Channel 4 broadcast this cult classic.

  • Keith M

    Surely the revelations of the last 15+ years have already made a joke out of the Vatican, if not an especially funny one.

  • Davros

    Was Father Ted Sacreligious ? I remember having a chat with a PP in London who said that you would have to be very uncertain in your faith to be offended. Then again, there are plenty of people who go out of their way to be offended in Ireland πŸ˜‰

  • Davros

    Spitting Image – anybody remember the Banjo playing Pope having a fit when a Cardinal announces that Christ has turned up outside ? “Hide the Bankbooks”

  • Belfast Gonzo



  • Davros

    Gonzo-it was never irreverent to the beliefs or the faith… merely to the weaknesses of the people involved ?

  • peteb

    Of course, it simply may not have been all that funny.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    Let the BBC be entirely topical and have Islam Town or Muslim Mania.
    I’m all for lampooning and slaughtering sacred cows, but why is it always the usual suspects and targets? Are certain religions and topics out of bounds.
    Popetown, even the title sounds tired and hackneyed.

  • Colm

    I agree with Pat and I certainly am no defender of the RC church.

    From what I have heard of Popetown it gives me the impression that it would have been embarrasingly unfunny. It’s a lot more difficult to make a cartoon genuinely amusing and intelligent than a real cast show, and I can’t think of a British one that has worked like Southpark or The Simpsons.

    It is also cowardly, as we all know there is no way the BBC would ever mock anything to do with Islam . Even though in today’s world it is a more appropriate target for bubble bursting satire.