The opening episode has been viewed by hundreds of fans, none of who paid a penny for the privilege.
“This is a serious matter”, said Harold’s PC Flegg. “There’s some evidence that this is the work of the criminal underground: the leak seems to have eminated from the UK’s oldest prison.”
Flegg explained that a torrent of fans had rushed to see the much-anticipated episode, by sneaking along a red carpet.
“Nothing would stop them, although some did pause for photos and autographs”, said Harold’s cybercrime specialist. “Then they shamelessly stole the entire programme using their eyes to stare at a screen outside the Tower of London.”
Flegg also confirmed that she would be looking into reports that the first four episodes had been leaked on line. “Although that’s quite difficult, because Harold doesn’t have fibre broadband just yet.”
With such a high profile tv series being distributed for free, Flegg said she was determined to get tough.
“This is exactly the sort of thing that threatens our enjoyment of quality television”, she insisted. “If I hear so much as a spoiler before this evening’s broadcast, I will taser you in the face.”