An episode of Fireman Sam in which a character appeared to tread on a page of generic unreadable Arabic-like script has been removed from Channel 5's streaming site, the TV network said.
In episode seven, series nine of the popular children's
cartoon, a character carrying a tray of hot drinks slips after tripping on some paper on the floor of the fire station. Several sheets fly into the air, one of which looks to be covered with Arabic script.
HIT Entertainment, which produced the
show, quickly apologised:
It has been bought to our attention that in an episode of Fireman Sam (Series 9, Episode 7), an image of the Qur'an is briefly depicted. The page was intended to show illegible text and we deeply regret this
error. We sincerely apologise for any distress or offence it may have caused.
We will no longer be working with the animation studio responsible for this mistake. In addition, we are taking immediate action to remove this episode from circulation
and we are reviewing our content production procedures to ensure this never happens again. Again, we apologise unreservedly to our viewers.
The episode has been pulled from Channel 5's online streaming platform and the broadcaster
said it had no plans to show it on TV.
It is not clear how an unreadable page of Arabic-like script got identified as a page from the Qur'an.