UKTV to reinstate Fawlty Towers episode The Germans

6/12/2020 10:16:00 PM

John Cleese attacks 'stupid' removal of Fawlty Towers episode

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John Cleese attacks 'stupid' removal of Fawlty Towers episode

Star of 1970s BBC sitcom says the show was making fun of Major Gowen’s racist views

Published on Fri 12 Jun 2020 20.for details of your data protection rights.It also included a scene where regular guest Major Gowen, uses very strong racist language in relation to an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.An episode of Fawlty Towers famous for coining the phrase, “Don’t mention the war!” has become the latest “classic” British television programme to be taken down from a BBC-owned streaming service, as broadcasters continue to conduct a reappraisal of old British television content.

47 BST An episode of classic 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers is set to be reinstated on a BBC-owned streaming service after the streaming service initially removed it because it contains “racial slurs”. The famous “don’t mention the war” episode will return to the platform “in the coming days”, according to a statement from UKTV.  The BBC-owned platform UKTV has announced it has taken a particular episode, titled The Germans, off the streaming service as it contains"racial slurs". Guidance and warnings highlighting “potentially offensive content and language” will feature alongside the episode, it added. So far, this is the only episode of Fawlty Towers to have been removed. UKTV, which is owned by BBC Studios, previously said it had temporarily made The Germans unavailable while it carried out a review.  The episode has also been removed from the channel Gold's boxset, but there is still one way fans can watch the episode. The decision was criticised by John Cleese, who co-wrote the show and played its main character: misanthropic hotel owner Basil Fawlty. The original broadcast also included a scene in which Major Gowen, a regular guest at the hotel, uses very strong racist language in relation to an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.

The episode included a scene in which Major Gowen, a regular guest at the hotel, uses racist language in relation to an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.  Cleese described the move as"stupid", telling The Age newspaper the episode was a critique of racial attitudes. One explained:"The whole point about the Fawlty Towers 'Don’t mention the war' episode is it simultaneously mocks the British obsession with WW2 while understanding where the urge to mention it springs from. Cleese told The Age newspaper 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. The major was an old fossil left over from decades before.  One fan said:" It's the one of THE very best to come out of British Comedy with fine actors and actresses. We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them. This is f*****g ridiculous. If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?” He said there was a “really admirable feeling that we must make our society less discriminatory,” but said: “A lot of the people in charge now at the BBC just want to hang on to their jobs. There has been a substantial uptick in the attention paid to such issues as a result of the global Black Lives Matter movement, which is forcing media companies around the world to address racism within their organisations and in the output they produce and continue to publish.

“If a few people get excited they pacify them rather than standing their ground as they would have done 30 or 40 years ago.” The episode first aired in 1975 and, as well as Gowen’s comments, features Cleese’s character goose-stepping around while shouting “don’t mention the war” in front of a group of visiting Germans and apparently being shocked at treatment in hospital by a black doctor.. Announcing the show’s reinstatement, UKTV said: “We already offer guidance to viewers across some of our classic comedy titles, but we recognise that more contextual information can be required on our archive comedy, so we will be adding extra guidance and warnings to the front of programmes to highlight potentially offensive content and language. We will reinstate Fawlty Towers once that extra guidance has been added, which we expect will be in the coming days. “We will continue to look at what content is on offer as we always have done. Earlier this week the Oscar-winning film Gone With the Wind was temporarily removed from the US-based streaming service after protests over its depiction of slavery.

” The show’s temporary removal comes amid a re-energised debate on how best to deal with parts of well-known films and TV shows that are now deemed offensive by portions of modern audiences. As the Black Lives Matter movement has returned to prominence following the death of George Floyd, broadcasters and streaming services have reevaluated their content. In an apparent reference to , Cleese had criticised BBC bosses in a series of tweets. He said that those tasked with making decisions at the corporation were “cowardly and gutless and contemptible”. The broadcaster is run by a mixture of “marketing people and petty bureaucrats”, he added. Topics.

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It's dated and not as funny as it was...but offensive? This is just another distraction from the real issue. And Hull library is taking out books mentioning the empire. I think we can make our own minds up without obliterating history. Irish people have lived with racist hatred over the IRA, and pub humour over the decades. Just dealt with it really.

The statement I read referred to the episode being taken down with the agreement of 'John Cleese's *management*'. I Important distinction. He may not even have any control over the process. Is British humour too subtle for the far left? Well said john cleese! smh Whoever is watching old television programs searching for racism is going to end up never leaving home again. Are we going to endure the return of book-burning censorship again, too? Let's focus on the present, not the past.

It isn’t the mocking WW2 Germany that is the problem with the episode...it’s the vile racism directed at Africans that’s the issue This is getting ridiculous It’s comedy, look at dad’s army, we are taking the mick at ourselves, lighten up And he is right! Sick of this fascism of the antifas of this stupid world. If you dont like Fawlty Towers is simple, dont buy it, dont see it. This kind of decisions backfire. The murderer of Floyd was horrible, but this BLM movement is completly absurd and out of control...

With the entrance of social media the behaviour and the attitude towards humor and fun has become too serious because in some way at ANY time a person might feel offended by the other and so on. This a social networking has destroyed every sense of brain and humor

Fawlty Towers removed: How you can STILL watch Fawlty Towers war episodeFAWLTY TOWERS had one of its episodes removed from UKTV 's streaming service because of racial slurs. How can you still watch the Fawlty Towers war episode? Oh good for a minute I thought we were gonna cave to wannabe drug lords Your paper really is the lowest of the low

fjviegas Eff me! How are we going to do comedy from now on! 😭 Let me make it very clear that if an idiot, bully wants to offend you they most likely will or would use something that hurts you most. It’s all how you react to those bigots!Dont label them and society. Dont react workforit I thought he was leaving the country, is he still here?

John Cleese must understand how offensive his humour is. The physical assaults on the spanish waiter were utterly abhorrent. faultytowers I enjoyed the series in general. laughed out so much. is it available on any streaming services? Well it is bloody stupid. It's beyond stupid! Whatever next? Shakespeare's 'Othello'? Dickens' 'Oliver Twist'? The distorting lens of 2020 hindsight should be treated with the scorn it so richly deserves...

“John Cleese ATTACKS!!!!!!!1” with you, 100% J.C...you & Connie wrote great stuff including all of this episode

Fawlty Towers fans left furious as BBC remove 'Don't mention the war' episode from UKTVFAWLTY TOWERS has seen one of its episodes culled from online streaming site UKTV in the wake of 'classic' TV show scrutiny of historic racism amid the Black Lives Matter protests. It really is time all this shit stopped. WTF is wrong with faulty towers If they carry on like this a streaming service of such 'banned' UK tv shows will emerge. Thousand of people have a complete set of Fawlty Towers, Little Britain etc. Someone with money will set up a website to stream them. PC gone crazy

Every lefty gets their Robespierre moment. Cleese is absolutely right, of course. I have watched that episode of FT countless times, and it was always very clear that the Major was a racist bigot even by the standards of the 1970s. We are laughing AT his ridiculous prejudices, not with him. And, lo and behold, we are now all talking about old TV shows and statues. As a nation, we have the concentration span of goldfish. No wonder we've ended up in the mess we have.

We know how sensitive Germans are. But he approved the previous edit? He really is turning into everyone's grumpy old twat of an uncle. Changed his tune. Один из моих любимых британских сериалов. Теперь обязательно посмотрю ещё раз. In fairness John has become an awful old reactionary. So it is not a surprise.

Fawlty Towers 'Don't mention the war' episode removed from UKTV BBC -owned streaming service takes down episode that also features racial references Luckily I have them all a DVD. And that’s my favourite episode. Clearly no sense of irony /self parody at UKTV . THIS EPISODE ACTUALLY TOOK THE PISS OUT OF XENOPHOBES This is bollocks

Expected Then don’t write the oh so funny lines torctge Major- wasn’t funny then and isn’t now- stop being pompousJohn Just remove the scenes. They do nothing for that episode anyway. It's about the Germans, the n***** & w** lines should have never been broadcasted. The canned laughter after the delivery of those lines has always been a disgrace.

God help rising damp, open all hours I bet these are next. History is history. Educate not defecate. He's right. I couldn't give two shits that it contained an offensive term and I don't care if other people are offended. Whatever, he who feels it knows it and you obviously have no clue Don't mention ANTIFA - JohnCleese is better than that

100% correct it was lampooning the ignorance or racism of the major and not poking fun at the Germans Similarly the same was used with Alf Garnet.

Fawlty Towers episode removed from UKTVAn episode of the popular British sitcom is pulled for containing 'racial slurs'. Get a grip ffs. It’s even more insulting that the BBC to have to wait 30 years to realise and then jump on with the others AFTER the others started doing it. So Is there a crack team going through all footage to actively find stuff. Mind blowing This is incredible, genuinely incredible how they want to remove British television icons from history, first little Britain and now Fawlty towers! Can't people understand the joke intended toward the general? Programs like these need to stay up in order to set an example of bad. Catch it on YouTube

They should have just cut out the major bit. Quiet Lib promote2 seeing as it was removed by netflix and UKTV And stayed on BBC not sure why hes attacking BBC He mentioned it once but i think he got away with it. Privileged, now go away

Fawlty Towers episode featuring racial references pulled from UKTVThe episode in question is no longer available to watch. the left has lost the plot They have gone so far up their own arse they are totally lost. And all on a fad that will be forgotten next week I have the boxset . Now what are you going to do about that? Really? Whatever next?

UKTV removes ‘don’t mention the war’ Fawlty Towers episode‘The Germans’ temporarily removed from streaming service owned by the BBC Great News!!! Chinese researchers developing a COVID19 vaccine say it showed promise in animal trials... produced antibodies that fought against the coronavirus in monkeys, rats, guinea pigs and rabbits.... Welcome to the new China 🤣🤣 Long live Alf Garnett ✊🏻

Published on Fri 12 Jun 2020 20.for details of your data protection rights.It also included a scene where regular guest Major Gowen, uses very strong racist language in relation to an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.An episode of Fawlty Towers famous for coining the phrase, “Don’t mention the war!” has become the latest “classic” British television programme to be taken down from a BBC-owned streaming service, as broadcasters continue to conduct a reappraisal of old British television content.

47 BST An episode of classic 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers is set to be reinstated on a BBC-owned streaming service after the streaming service initially removed it because it contains “racial slurs”. The famous “don’t mention the war” episode will return to the platform “in the coming days”, according to a statement from UKTV.  The BBC-owned platform UKTV has announced it has taken a particular episode, titled The Germans, off the streaming service as it contains"racial slurs". Guidance and warnings highlighting “potentially offensive content and language” will feature alongside the episode, it added. So far, this is the only episode of Fawlty Towers to have been removed. UKTV, which is owned by BBC Studios, previously said it had temporarily made The Germans unavailable while it carried out a review.  The episode has also been removed from the channel Gold's boxset, but there is still one way fans can watch the episode. The decision was criticised by John Cleese, who co-wrote the show and played its main character: misanthropic hotel owner Basil Fawlty. The original broadcast also included a scene in which Major Gowen, a regular guest at the hotel, uses very strong racist language in relation to an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.

The episode included a scene in which Major Gowen, a regular guest at the hotel, uses racist language in relation to an anecdote about the West Indies cricket team.  Cleese described the move as"stupid", telling The Age newspaper the episode was a critique of racial attitudes. One explained:"The whole point about the Fawlty Towers 'Don’t mention the war' episode is it simultaneously mocks the British obsession with WW2 while understanding where the urge to mention it springs from. Cleese told The Age newspaper 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. The major was an old fossil left over from decades before.  One fan said:" It's the one of THE very best to come out of British Comedy with fine actors and actresses. We were not supporting his views, we were making fun of them. This is f*****g ridiculous. If they can’t see that, if people are too stupid to see that, what can one say?” He said there was a “really admirable feeling that we must make our society less discriminatory,” but said: “A lot of the people in charge now at the BBC just want to hang on to their jobs. There has been a substantial uptick in the attention paid to such issues as a result of the global Black Lives Matter movement, which is forcing media companies around the world to address racism within their organisations and in the output they produce and continue to publish.

“If a few people get excited they pacify them rather than standing their ground as they would have done 30 or 40 years ago.” The episode first aired in 1975 and, as well as Gowen’s comments, features Cleese’s character goose-stepping around while shouting “don’t mention the war” in front of a group of visiting Germans and apparently being shocked at treatment in hospital by a black doctor.. Announcing the show’s reinstatement, UKTV said: “We already offer guidance to viewers across some of our classic comedy titles, but we recognise that more contextual information can be required on our archive comedy, so we will be adding extra guidance and warnings to the front of programmes to highlight potentially offensive content and language. We will reinstate Fawlty Towers once that extra guidance has been added, which we expect will be in the coming days. “We will continue to look at what content is on offer as we always have done. Earlier this week the Oscar-winning film Gone With the Wind was temporarily removed from the US-based streaming service after protests over its depiction of slavery.

” The show’s temporary removal comes amid a re-energised debate on how best to deal with parts of well-known films and TV shows that are now deemed offensive by portions of modern audiences. As the Black Lives Matter movement has returned to prominence following the death of George Floyd, broadcasters and streaming services have reevaluated their content. In an apparent reference to , Cleese had criticised BBC bosses in a series of tweets. He said that those tasked with making decisions at the corporation were “cowardly and gutless and contemptible”. The broadcaster is run by a mixture of “marketing people and petty bureaucrats”, he added. Topics.

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