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Fawlty Towers ‘don’t mention the war’ episode removed from UKTV due to ‘racial slurs’

It’s been taken down.

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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We regularly review older content to ensure it meets audience expectations and are particularly aware of the impact of outdated language.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.

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Matt Lucas’ hilarious Boris Johnson impression has been hailed the ‘best Bake Off opening ever’

Last night’s episode was hilarious!

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Last night saw the launch of this year’s Great British Bake Off, and fans are calling new presenter Matt Lucas’ opening ‘genuis’. 

The debut of the show kicked off with the Little Britain star mimicking Boris Johnson’s coronavirus briefings that we’ve all come to know (but definitely not love) very well. 

Lucas has replaced Sandi Toksvig as co-presenter for the Channel 4 show, alongside Noel Fielding.

Kicking off with the first scene, Lucas is shown wearing a blonde wig and standing at a podium with the slogan: “Stay Alert, Bake Cake, Save Loaves.”

Fans were worried earlier on on Tuesday as they would have to decide between Boris or Bake Off, as Boris’ briefing was scheduled for the exact same time.

Luckily, Bake Off was postponed for 15 minutes.

Lucas began, stumbling over his words, saying ‘Good evening, let’s get straight to it.’

He continued: “We are now approaching phase 46 which means that from Tuesday morning or Wednesday evening, depending on your height, we are saying, with regards to baking, that if you must bake in a tent, bake in a tent, but please don’t bake in a tent…”

Lucas added: “We are asking people to use common sense with regards to the distribution of the hundreds and thousands.”

The clip then panned to Noel, video-linked in to ask a very important and pressing question, ‘is it scone or scone?’

Pru and Paul then both answer, with completely different pronunciations, leaving everyone just as confused as ever. 

Fans have been howling over the skit ever since. One user wrote: “I could watch Matt Lucas doing Boris Johnson impersonations for the rest of 2020. In fact, it may be the only thing that gets me through 2020.”

Another added: “I can’t listen to Boris Johnson now without visualising Matt Lucas”

That’s not the only part of the show that has had viewers in stitches.

In what is being hailed the ‘silliest showstopper’ yet fans had to immortalise their heroes in sponge cake.

The tent quickly became a budget Madame Tussauds, complete with a mouthless Bob Marley, a neckless Freddie Mercury plus an inflated David Bowie. 

One Twitter user wrote: “I didn’t think 2020 could get any worse until someone baked a Louis Theroux cake”

Another, speaking of Freddie’s head, said: “Not the hero we deserved but the hero we needed”.

I already can’t wait for next week! 

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ITV’s new series ‘Des’ hit with Ofcom complaints due to ‘horrifying’ scenes

Have you watched it yet?

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Des, a new three-part series on ITV, has been hit with Ofcom complaints as viewers were left ‘horrified’ from the scenes detailing gruesome murders.

Des features the story of serial killer Dennis Nilsen, who murdered at least 12 men in the space of five years, between 1978 and 1983 in London.

Played by David Tennant, Des’s talk of boiled heads, dismemberment and necrophilia, plus extensive chain-smoking on the series, has prompted viewers to complain to Ofcom.

Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: “Oh it’s time to scare myself silly again watching @itv #Des I’m hoping @TwiningsUK is going to help this evening #scared #itv #itvdes #tea #twinings #sleep.”

Another tweeted David’s co-star, Daniel Mays, who plays DCI Jay, the detective in charge of the case: “@DanielMays9 Just watched Des, scared to go to sleep now!”

The killer was found out when a workman found chunks of human remains in the drain of Nilsen’s home in Muswell Hill. More remains were found before Des confessed to the murders.

There are chilling scenes which sees Nilsen defend carrying out despicable acts on the corpses.

Nilsen’s biographer, Brian Masters, asked him about having sex with the victims to which Nilsen replied ‘it wasn’t about sex’, adding that Brian was trying to find ‘simple answers.

Brian replies: “I’m not trying to simplify anything but you did have sex with these young men after they died.”

Nilsen creepily replied: “No, I did not. Did I enjoy them? Yes.

“Did I gain some sort of satisfaction from looking at their naked bodies next to mine in the mirror? I didn’t penetrate them.

“The only thing I did was squeeze the life out of a human being, that was wrong, that was unforgivable. I’ll be properly punished for it.”

He continued: “What I did with a corpse was neither here nor there. If you’re more disgusted by what I did to a corpse than what I did to a living man, then your moral system is upside down.”

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TV Channel that plays Christmas films 24/7 is launching this month

The saviour of 2020.

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For everyone who’s ready to put this year behind them and look forward to Christmas, you need to know about this TV Channel. 

Sony Movies Christmas is a new pop-up channel that will be playing Christmas films all day for the next three months right up until the big day.

The channel is set to launch this month and will be showing films 24 hours of the day so you can get in the festive spirit whenever you want. 

Viewers will be treated to the likes of A Beauty and the Beast Christmas, Marrying Father Christmas, and The Christmas Cabin.

Other new films on the channel include A Christmas Eve Miracle, Christmas Cruise, Lucky Christmas, The Christmas Contract, and Magic Stocking.

The channels states they will be airing Christmas classics as well as ‘indulgent treats to get you in the holiday mood from September to January’.

Adding: “Santa and his elves aren’t the only people working its stockings off to ensure there’s enough Christmas content to keep you in a seasonal mood right until the big day and beyond.”

“Because really, when isn’t a good time to give yourself a little festive cheer?”

Not only will there be exclusive new Christmas films as well as old favourites, there is also set to be special weekend themes including ‘Christmas comedies’, ‘Naughty vs nice’, ‘Wicked Christmas’ and even a ‘Singing for Christmas’ for the ultimate binge-watching weekend. 

Personally we can’t wait!! 

Sony Movies Christmas will be available from 24th September all day, every day. You can find the channel on Freeview 50, Sky 319, Virgin 424 or Freesat 303.

If you really want to get into the Christmas spirit, a radio station has launched that is playing 100% Christmas bangers all day every day. Find out more here

Some people are already in the spirit but it’s okay because studies show you’re probably happier… 

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