Steamy sex romp in the sun lands S4C in hot water; Channel's shock tactics cause offence - yet again.
WELSH TV channel S4C came under fire for the second time in less than three months yesterday over sex.
A camera crew filming a new series of the channel's fly-on-thewall documentary Procar Poeth shot Aberystwyth woman Linda Lucas involved in a sex act.
The 22-year-old waitress was captured on film with a lusty young Irish man during a boozy night out in Ibiza. The incident outside a crowded bar left holidaymakers gobsmacked and angered the bar owner.
The Welsh language channel plans to reflect the incident in an "appropriate manner".
But Welsh Presbyterian Church Minister Dr David Ben Rees said:
"This sort of programme is degrading and endangers S4C as a whole.
"There is a lot of talk at the moment about Welsh television's standards.
"Most of the viewers don't want to watch such filth as Procar Poeth, they want wholesome programmes such as Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol and Cefn Gwlad, " he said.
"So it seems that S4C are out of touch with their audience."
S4C was blasted in January for lavishing thousands of pounds of public money on a sordid sex party in the shadow of the Welsh Assembly to promote the sex series Tabn.
It is understood Ms Lucas woke up from her alcoholic stupor the next morning, horrified to discover her sexy antics had been caught on camera. Although the red-faced raver claims she was so drunk she couldn't remember the embarrassing episode outside Delilah's bar, colleagues filled her in on the graphic details next morning. "I don't remember anything at all - I'd been drinking and clubbing day and night, " she said.
"The first I knew about it was when the crew told me and that the bar owner Dai Morris was going to complain. I was very embarrassed because it's so out of character.
"I do like having a good time and I'm a bit mad. But I don't think my friends will believe this when they find out. I went back to Dai's Cwtsh and apologised and he was all right about it."
Dai had initially been furious about the episode and accused the production company Concordia of failing to control the eight revellers on the trip.
There were even suggestions the lewd act was a set-up - an accusation Concordia vigorously deny.
"The camera crew were following two other revellers en-route to another bar at the time, " an insider revealed. "A crowd of people were gathering around a table outside the bar and realised that Linda was involved in a sexual act.
"It was then that the camera decided to film it. The identity of the man involved remains a mystery.
Apparently he is Irish - but had no previous liaison with Linda and there was no association between them afterwards."
S4C was yesterday quick to reassure the Daily Post that any explicit close-ups of the sex scene would end up on the cutting room floor.
A spokesman for the channel said:
"The incident will be reflected on the programme in the appropriate manner within S4C's published guidelines.
"And we can assure you that it will not include material that would violate public taste and decency. The programme is shown well after the 9pm watershed and will adhere to the guidelines set by the ITC on broadcasting standards.
"This is a fly-on-the-wall series which follows a crew of young Welsh holidaymakers in Ibiza over a period of four weeks.
"This is not a Sunday School trip.
The Procar Poeth youngsters are there to have a good time."
Fellow contestant Katie Lewis, 20, from Tregarth, Bangor, agreed.
"Linda was embarrassed with what happened that night, " she said. "But if you've got a sense of humour, you've got to have a laugh about it.
After all, it was a bit of a dare. She was absolutely p. . . . d and she went home straight away afterwards."
As former winner of the Rear of the Year competition in the Octagon night club in Bangor, Katie turned a few heads in Ibiza - including scouts for nightclub owner and ageing lothario Peter Stringfellow. They were supposedly looking for pole dancers.
The series starts next Thursday at 10.30pm.
ROCK FOLLY: The revellers in action on Ibiza - Linda's at the back ISLAND FLING: Linda Lucas, 22, said the first she knew about her antics was when the camera crew told her next day
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|Publication:||Daily Post (Liverpool, England)|
|Date:||Apr 26, 2002|
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