Eurotrash was a fun loving Channel 4 magazine programme that presented sexy and funny stories from around Europe. It gained a cult following when it first aired in the 1990s. The show, which was presented by actor Antoine de Caunes and fashion designer Jean-Paul Gaultier, became a hit with ratings of between two and three million at its height
But New Labour arch censorship villain Jack Straw was apparently not amused. Seemingly he was ‘appalled’ when he walked in on his son watching the show that he secretly lobbied for it to be axed from the airwaves.
Straw is said to have doggedly pushed Channel 4’s then head of nations and regions, Stuart Cosgrove, to get the show removed from the schedule.
Cosgrove, speaking on BBC Radio Scotland about politicians trying to influence the media, said:
I had a situation with a particular politician who was Jack Straw, the former Labour Minister, when I was at Channel 4.
He was adamant that he wanted Eurotrash to be taken out of the Channel Four schedule because he had gone home and found his young teenage son laughing at a sketch about Lady Godiva, it was that kind of bizarre, but he was fairly dogged about it.
Of course we kind of brushed it off or whatever.
But there is no question that there are politicians that assume they have got the power to kind of influence and push and test at the edges or whatever. And that goes on daily.