|ACTOR MR NETTLES AKA BERGERAC|
Monday, March 3, 2014
COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY - MARCH 2014 - LETS GET THIS STARTED.
"COMMITTEE OF ENQUIRY - 2014 (COI)"
"DECADES LONG CHILD ABUSE IN JERSEY"
"IS THE WORN OUT DONKEY WITH THE SQUARE WHEELED CART FINALLY BRINGING THE (COI) TO TOWN?"
"ON MARCH 2nd 2011 THE COI WAS PASSED IN THE STATES OF JERSEY - MARCH 3rd 2014 AND WE ARE STILL WAITING FOR IT TO START"
My blog will now be focusing on the Committee of Enquiry in to decades long child abuse in Jersey. It is where my blog started back in April 2010.
Before we get into the crux of the COI I want to look at the BBC/Bergerac issue as mentioned in the Express article below. Perhaps the BBC realise that there is a Committee of Enquiry into decades long child abuse starting in Jersey within the next two months. This enquiry will of course investigate Haut de la Garenne along with the other Jersey care homes. The enquiry might take one year but could possibly take two. I would imagine that the BBC are forward thinking on this as they would not want the episodes of Bergerac featuring Haut de la Garenne to hit the TV at the same time as a possible conclusion to a COI. Dammed if they do damned if they don't. I hope they are being sensitive and commend them on realising that a COI into horrific abuse is actually taking place.
I believe that the BBC have come to the right decision. It sounds like Mr Nettles might also be thinking the same after a little time to reflect on his remarks. The building is iconic. It is famous around the world - alas not just for Bergerac - but for the atrocious crimes against children that occurred within it's walls.
It looks like the episodes in question might have been removed from youtube. The first time I came across Haut dela Garenne was in Series 4 episode 1. It can be first viewed at 19minutes in if you have a copy.
There is nothing stopping the BBC running the missing series once the Committee of Enquiry has been completed and their findings made public. Then again, they might be pleased that they made the current decision.
Nettles, 70, said the BBC is refusing to show repeats of his hit detective crime show because they include shots of the Haut de la Garenne - dubbed 'the Jersey House of Horrors'.
A historical child abuse investigation launched in 2008 found that former residents had been molested at the home.
Jimmy Savile used to visit the institution, and it is feared the late TV presenter and notorious paedophile abused youngsters there.
The Haut de la Garenne was used during the 1980s as the fictional setting for Bergerac's police headquarters.
And the BBC has now refused to show any episode featuring the children's home.
The move came after a Sunday Express story revealed that abused children were still living in the care home when the BBC began filming Bergerac there in the Eighties.
The BBC said that despite "extensive searches" of its records, it was unable to confirm the finding.
There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by any of the BBC crew and cast while at Haut de la Garenne, and allegations of rapes and beatings there only surfaced much later.
Nettles said: '"It seems to be a little bizarre that exterior Haut de la Garenne shots can't be used.
"It means you can't photograph or film anywhere where there is a suspicion that a crime has been committed.
"It just shows how far the BBC is bending over backwards to apologise for the Jimmy Savile scandal.
"How it can be connected by viewers with Jimmy Savile and the Yewtree inquiry is beyond belief. It's just unfortunate that viewers have to suffer for it."
The Haut de la Garenne home, which was unoccupied at the time, featured as a police station in six of the show's nine series.
BBC 2 bosses had planned to screen the entire back catalogue of Bergerac, which ran from 1981 to 1991 and made Nestles, who played Jim Bergerac, a household name.
But after running the first three series, corporation chiefs have "postponed" the remaining six, which all feature Haut de la Garenne as the fictional HQ.
A fresh inquiry looking at allegations of abuse in children's homes and fostering services in Jersey from 1960 to the present day is due to start this year.
A spokesman for the BBC said: "Due to the sensitive nature of the public hearing into incidents at Haut de la Garenne and out of respect for the victims, the BBC has decided, for the moment, to postpone episodes of Bergerac."
Haut de la Garenne began in 1867 as an industrial school for "young people of the lower classes of society and neglected children".
It closed in 1986. In 2008 it was the subject of a huge police inquiry which revealed numerous instances of child abuse against past residents.
It led to the conviction of a former resident and a former member of staff.