The Gavin & Stacey Christmas special has been blasted for 'pushing the message that cannabis is OK’.
Lord Nicholas Monson, whose son Rupert committed suicide aged 21 in January 2017 after developing drug-induced psychosis, has slammed the BBC sitcom for trivialising drug use.
The peer insists that show’s message that 'everyone knows weed is harmless’ is damaging.
The scene in question started with horrified Dawn labelling her husband a „drug addict” after finding a joint in his glove compartment.
Dawn tells friends Pam and Mick that she is „embarrassed” and „disgusted”, but they mock her concenrs.
Scoffing, Mick says: „A bit of weed. It’s hardly Breaking Bad.”
While Pam adds: „Dawn, it’s a bit of spliff. Me and Mick used to smoke it all the time before Gavin was born. Now and again. It doesnt make us junkies.”
Pete, who explains it was a secret santa present from work, says: „I was actually quite touched that they included me, but my wife thinks that I have turned into Zammo from Grange Hill”.
In the next scene, Gavin and Smithy are stunned to find Dawn, Pete and his parents laughing and dancing to a reggae tune while smoking the cannabis joint.
Lord Manson, who has seen the horrific effect of cannabis use first hand with his son, told the Daily Mail about his worries.
He said: „With much justification, the BBC prides itself as a beacon of truth but here it has a blind spot.
„Knowledge of the potential damage of modern cannabis is hardly obscure. What then is it doing, pushing a strong subliminal message that cannabis is perfectly OK and those who fear it might be otherwise are fair game for mockery?”
„Our tragedy is not unique. Super-strong cannabis is mentally damaging, it is thought, for about one in nine regular users. Because of developing brain issues before the age of 25, the young are even more susceptible to its injurious effects.”
Mary Brett, of campaign group Cannabis Skunk Sense, added: „It is very disheartening and actually frightening when television people think it’s funny to smoke cannabis.”
The BBC declined to comment on the claims.
This comes after the Christmas special was slammed for using a homophobic slur during Bryn’s song.
Some viewers were furious that the word 'f****t’ from Christmas classic Fairytale of New York was sung by the character.
The decision caused a stir as LGBT campaigner Peter Tatchell, who said using the expletive version could send out the wrong message to people coming from the BBC.
But the BBC defended the move because the lyrics have been „well-established” with the audience.
A spokesperson for the BBC told The Metro : “Fairytale of New York is a very popular, much-loved Christmas song played widely throughout the festive season, and the lyrics are well-established with the audience.”
*The Gavin & Stacey Christmas special is on BBC iPlayer