Fawlty Towers’ famous ‘don’t mention the war’ episode has been temporarily removed from a streaming service, because it ‘contains racial slurs’.
The episode, called The Germans, first aired in 1975, and it features the Major Gowen character using offensive language about the West Indies cricket team.
John Cleese’s misanthropic hotel owner Basil Fawlty is also seen marching around, shouting ‘don’t mention the war’ in front of a group of visiting Germans, a clip that became very famous.
According to reports, Major Gowen’s scenes had already started to be removed by some broadcasters.
A UKTV spokesperson said: “UKTV has temporarily removed an episode of Fawlty Towers The Germans from Gold’s Box Set.”
They continued: “The episode contains racial slurs so we are taking the episode down while we review it. We regularly review older content to ensure it meets audience expectations and are particularly aware of the impact of outdated language.
“Some shows carry warnings and others are edited. We want to take time to consider our options for this episode.”
This comes as most streaming services and broadcasters are reevaluating content which is now deemed offensive.
Many other programmes have also been removed from streaming services due to blackface, for instance, Come Fly With Me, Little Britain and The Mighty Boosh.
Others, such as Gone With The Wind, depict slavery in a positive light and have therefore been removed from streaming services.
BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death receives more than 100,000 complaints
‘We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance’
The BBC’s coverage of Prince Philip’s death has received a ‘record number’ of complaints, according to reports.
It’s been reported that the broadcaster has been hit with more than 100,000 complaints in regards to its coverage of the Duke of Edinburgh’s death.
This would be a record in British television history, with the BBC creating a dedicated form online for viewers to voice their dissatisfaction.
The broadcaster cleared its schedules to cover Prince Philip’s death on Friday, and according to The Sun it has now received more than 100,000 complaints.
This is a record breaking number, beating the previous high of 63,000, which was again from the BBC when they screened Jerry Springer: The Musical back in 2005.
A BBC spokesperson said: “We are proud of our coverage and the role we play during moments of national significance.”
The broadcaster wiped its schedules on both BBC One and BBC Two to run mirrored programmes about the Duke following his death, while BBC Four displayed a message urging people to switch over for a ‘major news report’.
Line of Duty fans will love ITV’s new psychological thriller Too Close
Did anyone catch it last night?
If you’re not sure what to do with yourself while waiting for the next episode of Line of Duty, then ITV has got you covered.
The broadcaster’s new three-part drama series Too Close began last night, with episode two airing tonight.
Starring Emily Watson and Denise Gough, ITV’s gripping psychological thriller was written by author and actress Clara Salaman and directed by Sue Tully (Line of Duty).
The series was inspired by the novel of the same name, which was published under Clara’s pseudonym Natalie Daniels.
The mini-series premiered last night, Monday April 12th, and it focuses on the dangerous relationship between a forensic psychiatrist, Dr Emma Robertson (Emily Watson), and her patient.
Dr Robertson is assigned to work with Connie Mortenson (Denise Gough), a woman accused of an awful crime connected to the death of two young children – however, she claims she can’t remember a thing.
While the two women find themselves becoming dangerously close, it appears Dr Robertson might be ‘destroyed’ in the process of uncovering the truth.
Besides Watson and Gough, the series also stars Thalissa Teixeira, James Sives, Risteard Cooper, Chizzy Akudolu, Eileen Davies and Nina Wadia.
Too Close began last night on ITV, with the next episode airing tonight at 9pm and the following episode at the same time on Wednesday.
You can catch up on episode one here.
Tipping Point is looking for Mancunians for the new series
Who’s up for it?
Tipping Point is on the hunt for Mancunians to star in the new series.
The ITV game show is looking for contestants for series 12, so if you know anyone who’d be perfect for it then let them know.
Hosted by Ben Shephard, Tipping Point gives people the chance to win thousands of pounds.
ITV says: “We are searching for fun, confident people who enjoy quizzing and would like the opportunity to win thousands of pounds using a combination of skill, judgement and chance.”
The hit show airs between 4pm and 5pm every weekday, and sees contestants answer questions on general knowledge, films, politics and other subjects before taking on the ‘tipping point’ machine.
Just like the coin pusher machines seen in the arcades of Blackpool and other seaside towns across the North West, contestants drop counters to win money.
People earn money from the silver counters which are worth £50, while ‘mystery counters’ and the £10,000 jackpot counter can also boost their cash pile.
Applicants must be 18 or over, and the deadline for applying is Friday May 7th – the last date for postal applications is Monday May 3rd.
To apply, either use ITV’s online application form here or email email@example.com for postal entries.