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30th Apr 2021

ITV pulls final episode of Viewpoint following Noel Clarke allegations

Claudia McInerney

The decision comes after allegations of bullying and sexual harassment were made against the Viewpoint actor

ITV has said today that it will not air the final episode of its drama series Viewpoint following allegations of bullying, sexual harassment and verbal abuse were made against actor Noel Clarke.

The broadcaster’s comes after Bafta suspended Clarke’s membership following the series of allegations, which he has strongly denied.

In a statement, a spokesperson for ITV said: “ITV has a zero tolerance policy to bullying, harassment and victimisation and robust procedures in place to investigate and deal with any complaints. We strongly believe that everyone deserves to work in a supportive and safe environment.

“In light of the very serious nature of the allegations against Noel Clarke raised by 20 women in the Guardian’s report, ITV has decided it is no longer appropriate to broadcast the final episode of the drama Viewpoint on ITV main channel this evening.”

The statement added: “We are mindful that some of our viewers have already invested four hours of their time over the past four nights in following this thriller which was due to conclude this evening, and they have yet to see the final episode. As such we plan to make it available on ITV Hub tonight for a limited time for any viewers who wish to seek it out, and watch its conclusion.”

The episode, which was due to air at 9pm, was the finale in the five-part ITV drama series.

Viewers of the series had previously criticised ITV for not cancelling the final episode of Viewpoint after the allegations first surfaced.

The actor and director has been accused of bullying and sexual harassment, taking place over a period of 15 years.

In a statement, Clarke said: “In a 20-year career, I have put inclusivity and diversity at the forefront of my work and never had a complaint made against me. If anyone who has worked with me has ever felt uncomfortable or disrespected, I sincerely apologise. I vehemently deny any sexual misconduct or wrongdoing and intend to defend myself against these false allegations.”