Arnold's BBC Ads Ruffle Media

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Arnold’s advertising for BBC America’s cable television programming has been causing a stir at media outlets.

The McLean, Va., shop bowed three 30-second spots late last quarter that were refused by broadcast TV executives for being in bad taste, said agency creative director Matt Smith. Ads for a talk show, a comedy and an original movie ran instead on cable.

Running with an “Advanced viewers only” warning, the spot for talk show So Graham Norton featured clips of the host displaying a “Joan’s Tongue” sex toy.

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