Well, thanks a bunch, Le Iene. The Hyenas. Ha bloody ha (writes Mick Hodgkin)
That's the Italian TV programme that carried out a cunning sting operation on 50 MPs. A camera crew pitched up outside parliament, and under cover of pretending to solicit their views on the budget, the producer wiped the sweat from their brows for the camera. Said perspiration was then taken away and tested for drugs, and - surprise surprise - 12 of them had smoked cannabis in the last 36 hours and four had taken coke.
Italian regulators have pulled the show - but spare a thought for TV producers the world over. For us, the damage has been done. Studio lights are hot, guests get sweaty and it doesn't look very attractive. But what MP's going to let us mop his or her forehead now?