The Week: Advertising News - Ofcom censures Top Gear

Ofcom has upheld complaints against the BBC show Top Gear for featuring a spoof Volkswagen ad that depicted a suicide.

The regulator received 50 complaints about the episode, which aired before the 9pm watershed on 2 August and featured a mock ad for the Volkswagen Scirocco created by the presenters Jeremy Clarkson and James May. Ofcom has ruled that there was "no editorial justification" for the inclusion of the scene, which featured a man shooting himself in the head.