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The comedy programme, which aired from 1973 until its third series in 1978 and then returned in 2016 for a Sports Relief special, has sparked offence with some viewers over a homophobic slur. The BBC has investigated a complaint from a viewer over the language used in the show. However, an internal watchdog decided it did not breach editorial guidelines.
But Express readers furiously reacted to the news by accusing the broadcaster of “wasting licence fee money” on the probe.
One said: “BBC why are you wasting license money on this stupid enquiry?”
Another reader added: “I don’t really care one jot about a few being offended by a comedy programme, switch off if you don’t like it.”
A third reader was not clearly impressed as they said: “Some people really need to get a life.”
Britons are furious over the BBC investigation Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em
And a fourth person simply wrote: “Nonsense.”
The episode that sparked the complaint involved Frank Spencer saying: “I’m the chief of the pixies, I’m the friend of all the little boys and girls.”
“Oh no you’re not, you’re a p**f,” a boy yelled at Frank.
Frank responded: “I beg your pardon, block your ears!”
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The comedy aired from 1973 until its third series in 1978 and then returned in 2016 for a Sports Rel
The broadcasting corporation has also recently come under fire for pushing “woke” views as reruns of the 1970s comedy series on the iPlayer now start with a message about the show containing language some people may find offensive.
The show follows the character Norman Stanley Fletcher, played by the late Ronnie Barker, while he was serving time HM Prison Slade in Cumberland,
One of the episodes that features a warning includes Mr Fletcher telling a prison escort “you’d have to be Sidney Poitier” to serve at Brixton Prison in London.
Another episode includes him another prisoner called McLaren a “p**f”.
The BBC stated on the iPlayer: “Porridge is a classic comedy which reflects the broadcast standards, language and attitudes of its time. Some viewers may find this content offensive.”
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Express readers furiously reacted to the news by accusing the broadcaster of “wasting licence fee money”
The broadcaster has already caused outrage with some viewers by giving the same warning to other popular British comedies including Blackadder and The Royle Family.
One episode of The Royle Family was slapped with a warning as it featured Ricky Tomlinson’s classic Jim Royle character watching DIY show Changing Rooms.
He called host Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen a “Nancy boy” – with similar derogatory terms also being used in other episodes.
Toby Young, General Secretary of the Free Speech Union, previously criticised the BBC for giving classic programmes a “moral health warning”.
The broadcasting corporation has also recently come under fire for pushing “woke” views
He said: “The BBC has been taken over by the ‘woke’ cult. Its managers are like 17th Century Witchfinder Generals, constantly on the lookout for heretics.
“Any programmes that depart from their narrow ideological dogma are immediately slapped with a moral health warning.”Someone needs to remind them that Britain is the birthplace of Parliamentary democracy and the licence-payers who pay their wages believe in free speech.”
Last year, BBC director-general Tim Davie vowed to crack down on bias with a stark warning to staff over sharing their views on social media.
He said people wanting to be an “opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media” should not be working at the BBC.
New impartiality guidelines were then brought in to tell all employees that they must “always behave professionally, treating others with respect and courtesy at all times: follow the BBC’s Values”.
BBC director-general Tim Davie vowed to crack down on bias with a stark warning to staff
The guidelines also stated staff have also been warned to “be wary of ‘revealed bias'”.
This could be through the use of likes or re-posting other posts, or “inferred bias” where a post is impartial but loose wording allows readers to infer a bias where there is none.
In response to the Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em complaint, a spokesman for the BBC said: “Attitudes and language change over time and our approach is to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated.”