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David Baddiel hits out after BBC Radio 4 show dropped

David Baddiel outside the BBC
Image caption Baddiel joked on Twitter that he hoped to pitch the show again 'once we get past the 1960s'

David Baddiel's comedy show Don't Make Me Laugh, which received complaints after broadcasting jokes about the Queen on her 90th birthday, will not be returning to BBC Radio 4.

The BBC Trust ruled earlier this year that the episode was in "serious breach" of editorial guidelines.

Baddiel tweeted: "I'm hoping maybe to pitch it again once we get past the 1960s. Oh no wait a minute, it's 2016."

The BBC said it needed space for "new programmes" in its "packed schedule".

Radio 4 said the commissioning decision was not based on the Trust ruling on the episode featuring the Queen jokes.

That episode of Don't Make Me Laugh, which sees a panel of comedians discuss topics while trying not to make the audience laugh, went out on 21 April.

'Personal and demeaning'

One of the subjects presenter Baddiel gave to the panel, which included Sara Pascoe and Omid Djalili, was: "The Queen must have had sex at least four times".

An apology was made by the BBC the following day after more than 100 complaints were received. The BBC Trust said the jokes made about the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh were "personal, intrusive and demeaning".

BBC Radio 4 also said it had not intended the programme to be broadcast on the Queen's birthday.

Speaking about the show, created by Baddiel, a spokeswoman said: "We're lucky to receive hundreds of great ideas from brilliant comedians who want to work with Radio 4, and we always bring a mix of returning shows to our audiences whilst also finding space for new programmes in our packed schedule.

"This means not all shows get recommissioned as otherwise it would be impossible to try out fresh formats and ideas."

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