Ofcom confirms an investigation over Frankie Boyle's Harvey Price 'joke'

Frankie Boyle

Ofcom has confirmed it will be investigating Channel 4 following complaints made over a joke Frankie Boyle told on the channel's 'Tramadol Nights' show. Controversial comedian Boyle made a gag about Katie Price and Peter Andre's child Harvey in the show, a joke which has been described as "vile" by both of the former couple.

Price wrote on her website: "To bully this unbelievably brave child is despicable; to broadcast it on television is to show a complete and utter lack of judgment.

"Harvey Price is a little miracle. Every day he overcomes so many difficulties with the help of family and medical experts and has so many tiny battles to win due to his medical problems. I have asked my lawyers to write to Channel 4 on Harvey's behalf."

A message at the beginning of the show did warn viewers that the programme would contain "very strong language and uncompromising adult content" from the start.

In a statement, Channel 4 said: "Frankie Boyle is one of the highest profile comedians in the UK. He's well known for his controversial humour and the programme carried appropriate warnings as to the nature of the material.

"The joke aired in the context of a late-night comedy show. The joke itself has been performed by Frankie as part of his stage show and, as with much of his material, is an absurdist and satirical comment on high-profile individuals whose lives have been played out in the media.

"Channel 4 has replied directly to Katie Price's lawyer. Given this has now gone to Ofcom it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."

This is not the first time Boyle's near the knuckle jokes have got him in trouble, the comedian has previously faced criticism after telling jokes about Maddie McCann and Rebecca Adlington.