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'Holby City' gay kiss defended by BBC

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Antoine Malick from Holby City

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The BBC has defended broadcasting a kiss between two male Holby City characters.

Complaints were received from "some viewers" who thought that the scene in the BBC One hospital drama between Dan Hamilton (Adam Astill) and Antoine Malick (Jimmy Akingbola) was "inappropriate".

The storyline saw tension between Dan and Malick result in a physical fight, which led to the surgeon kissing his openly gay colleague.

Responding to the complaints, the BBC stated: "Holby City aims to reflect real life in the setting of a medical drama and this means telling stories about characters from many different backgrounds, faiths, religions and sexualities.

"We approach our portrayal of same-sex relationships in the same way as we do heterosexual relationships and aim to ensure depictions of affection or sexuality between couples are suitable for pre-watershed viewing."

On the plot, it continued: "Regular viewers will have seen the subtle build-up to this story as Malick's sexuality wrong-footed Dan and the love/hate relationship they have endured since Dan realised Malick is gay.

"This is a story we will continue to tell with sensitivity and integrity as we follow a character who struggles to come to terms with his sexuality."

The BBC offered similar defence recently when responding to complaints about a bedroom scene between EastEnders gay couple Christian and Syed.

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Watch the scene between Dan and Malick below:

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