include feminist academic Germaine
Greer and Eve Ensler, the author of
The Vagina Monologues, an acclaimed
stage play which features women
talking about their genitals.
Both the BBC
and North One claimed it will not be
sensationalist. A spokeswoman for
the programme said: "It will look at
how a word that was considered
completely unacceptable has moved
into the mainstream, particularly by
younger people. The tone will be a
serious exploration of the word."
One's head of factual entertainment
John Quinn told the TV industry
magazine Broadcast: "It will be a
grown-up discussion about how we
have got to where we are now with
this word without being either
sensationalist or po-faced.
"It is perhaps
one of the last words that has the
ability to stop someone in their
tracks and it is fascinating to see
how differently it is perceived
around the world."
I Love The
C-Word is the latest in a growing
number of BBC programmes that have
featured the word in recent years,
despite internal BBC research
showing that it is the one viewers
hate the most.
Last year it
featured 12 times in The Chatterley
Affair, a BBC4 drama about the 1960
obscenity trial over D. H.
It has been
used frequently in the award-winning
BBC4 political sitcom The Thick Of
It, starring Chris Langham as
fictional Social Affairs Minister
Hugh Abbot and Peter Capaldi as
belligerent spin doctor Malcolm
Greer made a 10-minute film about
the history of the word for the BBC2
series Balderdash And Piffle.
In 2004, the
BBC received a record number of
complaints about its decision to
broadcast the controversial Jerry
Springer: The Opera. It contained
8,000 obscenities including the use
of the f-word 200 times and the
c-word nine times