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BBC's new 'Bring Your Husband to Heel' TV show deemed non-sexist

UPI News Service, 11/21/2005 

A BBC TV show teaching women dog training techniques to bring their husbands under control has created a firestorm among viewers.

British TV regulators ruled "Bring Your Husband to Heel" was not sexist, the BBC reported Monday. The regulating body said the BBC Two show was "a humorous" take on self-improvement shows and the battle of the sexes.

But the BBC apologized anyway after more than 200 viewers complained the show starring dog trainer Annie Clayon was "demeaning and offensive."

During the program, Clayton tackled stereotypical "husband problems" such as computer addiction and failing to do chores.

Many of the complainants said the BBC would never have broadcast the same kind of show if it centered on problems with women or minorities.

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