Prime Minister Theresa May has said the BBC should explain why a Jo Brand joke about throwing battery acid was “appropriate content” for broadcast.

The comedian made the remark during a broadcast of Radio 4 satirical show Heresy on Tuesday night.

She was accused by Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage, who has had milkshakes thrown at him by protesters, as “inciting violence”.

In a statement, the BBC said it was “not intended to be taken seriously”.

BBC defends Jo Brand over ‘battery acid’ joke

“Heresy is a long-running comedy programme where, as the title implies and as our listeners know, panellists often say things which are deliberately provocative,” the statement – which was first released on Wednesday – continued.

In the episode, Brand told presenter Victoria Coren Mitchell that people

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