SCENES from a sex-swap op to be aired on telly may be too gruesome for viewers, watchdogs have warned.
Purfleet=based ex-cop Keith Gale, 52 — now called Karen — was filmed undergoing the 2½-hour surgery as part of a Channel 4 documentary to be shown after the 9pm watershed reports The Sun.
Karen, who was married and has a grown-up daughter, said: “It has been a long journey since I began hormone replacement therapy and I hope my story will inspire others.”
The one-time trucker, of Purfleet, Essex, had the op on the NHS in August. She added: “They are going to show some parts of the operation after the watershed, some will be edited out.”
But campaigners Mediawatch-UK said: “Many people won’t want to see any of this type of surgery. Some of these scenes may not be appropriate for broadcasting. It is vital that Channel 4 make it clear what viewers can expect.”
Girls Will Be Boys and Boys Will Be Girls, which starts this month, follows seven transgender patients aged 22-55. Producer Helen Richards said: “It hasn’t been edited yet. It’s impossible to say what’s in and what’s out.” The series was made by Twenty Twenty Television, behind Generation XXL about obese children. Channel 4 also aired post mortems in The Autopsy in 2002.