05 June 2008
MP in TV show libel claim
Respect MP George Galloway is taking legal action over alleged libel, the Guardian reports.
According to the publication, lawyers acting on his behalf have complained to UK-based production company TalkBack Thames over a storyline featured in TV series The Bill that he claims was based on him.
The programme shows an MP named Paul Sagger, who smuggled antiques back from Iraq and stole an antique dagger from a museum in Bagdad.
During the episode, the character is injured when he is shot during a Rock Against Racism gig, an event that took place in reality in Galloway's own Bethnal Green and Bow constituency.
While neither Mr Galloway's parliamentary office nor TalkBack Thames would comment on the case, they did acknowledge that a letter of complaint had been sent by the MP's legal team.
Describing itself as one of the UK's largest production firms, TalkBack Thames produces programmes spanning a range of genres, including dramas, comedies and documentaries.