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Five Only Fools and Horses episodes slapped with racism warnings in latest Britbox comedy crackdown


ONLY Fools and Horses episodes have been slapped with racism warnings as Britbox flagged the content of the comedy.

A total of five episodes of the hit BBC show, starring David Jason, have been issued with the alert which flashes up prior to the start of the programme.

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Only Fools and Horses has been slapped with a racism warning as the show is made available on Britbox[/caption]

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The David Jason comedy has been called out for ‘offensive racial content’[/caption]

The shows that have been flagged for what Britbox deems “offensive racial content” include The Russians Are Coming, The Yellow Peril, Who’s A Pretty Boy Then?, Happy Returns and Hole In One.

A total of seven series of Del Boy’s antics have been uploaded to the streaming service, as well as two Christmas specials.

The service warns viewers these include “some offensive racial language of the time.”

Some offensive racial language of the time.”


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Previously Sue Holderness, 72, who played Marlene Boyce, has defended the show against such warnings.

She said: “There have been people saying you could never make Only Fools And Horses now. That it was racist.


“It wasn’t remotely racist.”

WIDE WARNINGS

Previously, BBC show Doctor Who was also branded with the same warning.

A “racist terms” warning was also tagged on prior to Da Ali G show, while viewers were left baffled as heart-warming East End drama Call The Midwife was also handed a content warning.

The drama is about midwives in East London in the 1950s, yet BritBox still felt the need to add a warning that it includes “surgical procedures and some scenes of distress”.

Many subscribers felt it was BritBox succumbing to the “woke brigade”, with one writing in an online forum: “Err… isn’t the clue in the title?”

ONLY FOOLS TURNS 40

Only Fools And Horses legend John Challis, who played car dealer Boycie, says the BBC has made no plans to mark the sitcom’s 40th anniversary later this year.

The iconic show hits the milestone this month.

John has been in contact with Del Boy actor Sir David Jason and The Only Fools and Horses Appreciation Society about what they are going to do to mark the anniversary.

But so far the corporation has made no contact.

A bemused John said: “I spoke to David just a couple of days ago, actually, on the phone. He had rung up about something.

“With the 40th anniversary of Only Fools And Horses coming up, there’s a lot going on and a lot of people throwing stuff our way, asking us to do stuff. So we’ve had discussions about what would be a good thing to do.”

When asked if the BBC had been in contact about its plans, he replied: “I haven’t heard anything.”

JOHN CHALLIS ILLNESS

Yet any reunion plans will likely be shelved for now after John announced his battle with ill health – forcing him to cancel his tour dates.

He has been forced to cancel a 30-date speaking tour after completing just one gig.

A statement from the promoters said: “Due to ill health, John’s tour is cancelled with immediate effect.

“John is not fit to perform. He completed the first show of his present tour, intending to continue. However, he has been advised to cancel further engagements.”

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Five Only Fools episodes have been hit with the warning, which flashes on screen prior to the start of the programme[/caption]

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Seven series and two Christmas specials have been uploaded to the streaming service[/caption]

The warning states that episodes include ‘some offensive racial language of the time’

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