THE BBC has defended a new show which caused a social media backlash with what was viewed as a sensationalist trailer.

Wrexham residents, councillors and business owners responded angrily after seeing a promotional video for the programme, The Hour, which they say makes the town sound more like Baghdad.

According to critics, the video portrays an overwhelmingly negative image of the town and the first interviewee calls for more police officers with guns on the streets.

But a BBC Wales spokesperson said: “The Hour is a monthly debate programme which broadcasts from communities across the country.

"The issues under the spotlight are not exclusive to one community but form part of a Wales-wide discussion.

"The programme from Newport focused on immigration, and matters around social class were discussed in a programme from Llanelli.

“Tonight’s debate about crime takes place in the Wrexham area.

"A video posted on Facebook and Twitter by The Hour team reflected perceptions of crime in the town.

"The audience for tonight’s programme will reflect a wide range of views on the subject and will include some key decision-makers. We look forward to a lively and engaging debate this evening.”

The show is to be screened on BBC One Wales at 10.40pm on Monday night.