Panorama will reveal identity of “Fake Sheikh” tonight after Monday’s last-minute legal concerns

The BBC1 documentary will air despite being pulled an hour before it was originally due to broadcast

The BBC has confirmed that the “Fake Sheikh” documentary revealing the identity of the tabloid reporter involved in the Tulisa Contostavlos drugs trial will air tonight at 7.30pm. 


Following an urgent schedule amendment from the BBC, the Panorama programme will be broadcast this evening, two nights after it was originally supposed to air. 

Viewers were disappointed on Monday evening when the documentary, which will unveil the identity of so-called “Fake Sheikh” Mazher Mahmood, was pulled shortly before it was due to air because of legal concerns.

Although the Corporation had won an earlier appeal allowing them to reveal the identity of the self-styled “King of the Sting”, his lawyers intervened shortly before broadcast. 

The BBC said in a statement: “Shortly before transmission Mr Mahmood’s lawyers submitted new information relating to one of the cases in the programme which, as a responsible broadcaster, the BBC needs to evaluate.

“Once this has been done we will broadcast Fake Sheikh: Exposed, including recent footage of Mr Mahmood, as planned.”


Fake Sheikh Exposed will be broadcast tonight (Wednesday 12th November) on BBC1 at 7.30