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A BBC Film crew in Thailand were filming an episode of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents – a show parents spying on their teenage children while they were on holiday – when allegedly it was scrapped, but instead of returning home they decided to use their time to chill out and party.
Instead of returning to the UK they stayed in their five star hotel, the Kalmia Resort in Phuket, where the cheapest room is 8500 baht a night, and posted pictures of themselves partying online. However, bosses at the BBC insisted that no guidelines had been broken and said the team had continued to work on related material, despite a Faceboook post by producer Black McGrow that said “ Not much time to film at the mo, spending time relaxing down the beach! So yeah, it’s going well!” he also said “it’s a terrible job, I’m exhausted.”
A BBC spokesperson told the Sun newspaper that no episodes of the Sun, Sex and Suspicious parents had been axed but did insist that the staff had a right to “some time off”.
He said: “No episodes of Sun, Sex and Suspicious Parents have been axed in this series and therefore there is no truth to the claim that we have had to write-off £150k.
“Production schedules were amended due to a change of contributors but the production team continued to work and film other material for the series.
“As with all productions, staff work very long hours, with the right to some time off. RDF followed all BBC guidelines whilst filming the series and it will deliver in full, and for the original BBC programme budget.”