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‘Too PC to be realistic’ say critics of BBC’s new buddy cop drama, The Tranny and the Taliban

'Daphne' just looked fabulous in a burqa‘This is no ordinary pair of maverick incompatible cops. She’s a transvestive. He’s an Afghan Islamic fundamentalist. When their boss teamed them up, they clashed on everything; from booze to burqas. But gradually, they find they’ve got more in common than they thought and as a mutual respect evolves, they work together to take the bad guys off the streets of Chipping Norton.’

The intro to the BBC’s new hard hitting cop series, The Tranny and the Taliban, had some mid-market TV critics choking on their croissants at a preview showing in West London this week. The Daily Mail in particular dismissed the show’s premise as ‘political correctness gone mad’ and ‘totally unrealistic.’ Even the normally liberal Independent warned ‘you may have to suspend disbelief a little’. But the show’s producers maintain that the gritty drama is an honest portrayal of modern Britain.
‘London is a highly multi cultural society,’ said the producer, ‘and OK we were forced to relocate the story in the Cotswolds for regional budget allocation reasons, but that doesn’t mean we are going to compromise our hard-hitting message about the battle between good and evil, with the odd minor parking offence thrown in.’

In the opening episode, Detective Constable Dave ‘Daphne’ Hooper, and DS Abdul Rahman Zahad, investigate a rich businessman who turns out to be an evil criminal with no redeeming qualities. The detectives enlist the help of a warm hearted prostitute in order to get the villain to confess his ruthless plan.

But even this story line has upset the English Collective of Prostitutes. ‘We are absolutely sick to death of being portrayed as Tarts with a heart. That whole schtick is an incredibly clichéd’ said a spokeswoman. ‘We’re a much broader church than that; we’ve got single mums, kiss-and-tell gold diggers and even drug addicts turning tricks. And yet, the media always concentrates on one small minority of philosophical, public spirited sex workers.’

‘We believe the show has some very touching moments between the action,’ claimed the producer. ‘The two unconventional cops learn to meet in the middle – the Taliban lightens up about Mohammed, Daphne tries on a burqa – it’s must-see TV.’

However the fiercest criticism has come from Mullah Abdul Salam Haqqabu, a rebel Taliban leader still at large in Afghanistan. ‘Like how could Daphne wear those shoes with that burqa, her bum looked huge! I mean, puh-lease, grey, with brown, this isn’t the Dark Ages darling!’

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Posted: Mar 18th, 2009 by StoopyDeGunt

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