LONDON (Reuters) - Comic actor Chris Langham began a legal bid on Wednesday to cut the length of his jail sentence for downloading child pornography from the Internet.
The father-of-five was jailed for 10 months in September following his conviction for 15 offences at Maidstone Crown Court in Kent.
His lawyers have applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to challenge the sentence.
Langham, 58, was arrested in November 2005 during Operation Ore, a huge police investigation into British users of American child pornography Web sites.
Detectives found indecent images of children on two computers and a spare hard drive.
During his trial, the star of the BBC’s “The Thick of It” said he downloaded the images and videos when researching a character for a TV comedy show.
He also told the court that he had been abused himself as a child and wanted to “look into the eyes” of adult abusers.
Although he was sentenced to 10 months in prison, Langham was told he should expect to serve half that, less the 43 days he had already spent in custody.