The BBC’s latest gaffe is a bit different to what we are used to when it comes to their coverage of the Middle East.
Adult actor Mark Sloan was cast as Matthew Oldfield, one of the ‘Tapas Seven’, who were eating at a restaurant with Gerry and Kate McCann the night Maddie disappeared.
The actor has reportedly starred in previous Crimewatch reconstructions as well as X rated films Tight Rider, Sherlock Bones and From Dusk Till Porn.
Media campaign groups and family charities have expressed surprise at the casting.
Mothers Against Murder and Aggression, told the paper: ‘We are surprised that the BBC employed the services of someone who has openly worked in the sex industry for something as sensitive as this reconstruction.’
Vivienne Pattison, of family values group Mediawatch, said it was not the most appropriate of castings.
A spokesman for the McCanns declined to comment.
On a casting website, Mr Sloan said that he was once in the British Army and was posted to Northern Ireland. He also says he performs nude only in ‘professional’ circumstances.
The BBC has today declined to comment to MailOnline.
While reading the story, I could not help but think Mark Sloan looked familiar (and no, I have never seen his movies!)
After a bit of Googling, I found my answer.
If that was not clear enough, behold this from his “Showreel” on Youtube:
Who knows how he got this gig – perhaps the Israeli casting agency were impressed with Mr Sloan’s grunting abilities.