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Fawlty Towers ‘The Germans’ episode removed from UKTV

Fawlty Towers ‘The Germans’ episode removed from UKTV”

The BBC previously edited the slurs out of the show during reairings beginning in 2013; now the show has been pulled from the BBC streaming service UKTV.

"One of the things I've learned in the last 180 years is that people have very different senses of humour", he said.

Guidance and warnings highlighting "potentially offensive content and language" will feature alongside the episode, it added.

"The Germans" is the final episode of the first season of the British comedy starring John Cleese, which coined the catchphrase "Don't mention the war!".

However, Cleese told the Sydney Morning Herald that not everybody could see that "if you put nonsense words into the mouth of someone you want to make fun of you're not broadcasting their views, you're making fun of them".

UKTV, which is owned by BBC Studios, had temporarily made The Germans unavailable while it carried out a review.

The episode pulled by BBC subsidiary UKTV includes the Major using rail epithets when telling a story about watching a test match in India.

Reached for comment by The Age, series star and co-creator John Cleese called the decision "stupid", and insisted that his show was very much mocking racists, not embracing their view.

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While questioning attempts to airbrush the past, Cleese expressed his support for the aims of the Black Lives Matter protest movement.

"There are looters, just as there are rogue police, but if we let our focus be on the 10% who are always trying to f- everything up, we might forget that what it's really about is trying to behave a bit more kindly towards everyone".

The "outdated language" mentioned by UKTV is likely a reference to a scene in which Major Gowen, a regular guest at the hotel, uses strong racist language in relation to an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.

The Germans episode of the 1970's series was taken down from the streaming site for including "racial slurs" and the half-hour comedy is under "review", with the possibility offending sections could be edited out.

Cleese was also critical of the BBC for attempting to cover its history by removing "problematic" content from its back-catalogue in wake of the protests. Last year, the ITV-BBC joint venture Britbox banned Till Death Do Us Part due to the lead character Alf Garnett's bigoted views, despite the premise of the comedy being that the viewers laughed at Garnett, not with him.

Additionally, the BBC has withdrawn its popular sketch show Little Britain because "times have changed" since the comedy first aired in the early 2000s.

Netflix has also removed Little Britain plus David Walliams and Matt Lucas's Come Fly With Me, and The League of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh.



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