Ah, the BBC, how carefully you tread. On Wednesday’s Masterchef, we met Tim, 36, a very nice-seeming man and a very good cook, as it happened. He is, by trade, a Paediatrician. However, he was captioned as “Children’s Doctor”. This struck me as coy at the time, but the more I think about it and discuss it with other people, the more it becomes apparent that he was given this storybook epithet in order to avoid putting a word with “paed” onscreen. Children’s Doctor is factually correct – he is a doctor who specialises in treating chidren – but this makes him a paediatrician, in the same way an animal doctor is a vet, and a foot doctor is a chiropodist, and a vagina doctor is a gynaecologist. Can it really be true that the News Of The World has won? That any word which might be misconstrued as “paedophile” is now too sensitive to put before this stupid nation? If the BBC had captioned Tim a “paediatrician”, WHICH IS WHAT HE IS, would an angry stream of emails been sent at the very sight of the letters “p”, “a”, “e” and “d”?
Dear the BBC
I am writing to complain about the fact that a convicted child molester is currently making a raspberry jus on my screen. What kind of sick programme is this? I do not pay my licence fee so that murdering, pervert scum can learn how to cook a scallop on a bed of pea puree balanced on a slice of black pudding … oh hang on, the next letters in the word are “i”, “a”, “t”, “r” and “i” … what does that spell?
I hope I’m wrong. Maybe Tim asked to be billed thus. Maybe it’s not the BBC but the society we live in that’s to blame. Neither is a good outcome.
Oh, and come on, Tim!