Rule of thumb; never show the Bible, Torah, or the Qur’an. Channel 5 has pulled an episode of Fireman Sam from its online streaming service following a shot of a character stepping on a page of the Islamic holy text the Qur’an. The Production Company has apologised for the incident and cut ties with the animation studio behind the episode, which it blames for the mistake.
A spokesperson commented:
“It has been brought 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”.