UKTV to reinstate Fawlty Towers episode The Germans

6/12/2020 11:28:00 PM

UKTV to reinstate Fawlty Towers episode The Germans

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UKTV to reinstate Fawlty Towers episode The Germans

BBC -owned streaming service removed episode of 1970s BBC sitcom due to racial slurs

Published on Fri 12 Jun 2020 20.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.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.Liam Llewellyn Invalid Date, BBC have removed an iconic episode of Fawlty Towers that coined the phrase “Don’t mention the war” from the streaming site UKTV.

47 BST An episode of the classic 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers is set to be reinstated on a BBC-owned streaming service after the service removed it because it contained “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. More than a decade ago, many broadcasters began editing out inappropriate language, although the uncensored version is still hosted on streaming site . 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. Fawlty Towers is the latest series to be 'censored' in the wake of historical racism scrutiny (Image: BBC) Fawlty Towers starred John Cleese as the ever intolerant hotel manager Basin Fawlty (Image: NETFLIX) The other 11 episodes remain available to stream on UKTV’s paid on-demand service. The decision was criticised by John Cleese, who cowrote the show and played its main character, misanthropic hotel owner Basil Fawlty." The episode in question showed John Cleese as Basil Fawlty yelling the famous phrase while goose-stepping around a Torquay hotel.

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. 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. 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: “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." Another said:"So now Fawlty Towers and some Simpsons episodes are being cancelled. 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." DON'T MISS. The 11 other episodes of Fawlty Towers remain available to stream on UKTV’s paid on-demand service.

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.

” 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 re-evaluated 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 was run by a mixture of “marketing people and petty bureaucrats”, he added.

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Such sophisticated comedy! How does tablet pc smartphones big screen lcd and led televisions and internet afecting human brains do they change way how normal human brains behave or react in varios diferent situations Thank God. Sense at last! The modi bootlickers The language used in the 1970s was in context of the times.

Good because this issue has got ridiculous. As a person from Barcelona, I feel utterly offended by the depictions of my fellow Barcelonians here. I DEMAND ALL episodes of Fawlty Towers be removed from all platforms and shops and the producers be charged with crimes against humanity and, possibly, incitement to genocide.

Good. Just include a disclaimer for the people that want to be offended. can some1 explain, the left want more freedom of speech and more democracy but cry at this & historical British figures im going to have to agree when people say if u dont like British history & it offends u just leave then im not being racist Im saying if it offends u just leave

Good UKTVPress what about a bit of Alf garnett

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

'Who won the bloody war, anyway?' This is a call to action for the German minority living in England to tear down statues of Holocaust Harris. So the Germans are fair game again? Job done. With your clumsy reporting and piss-poor headline writing you managed to help trivialise the BLM debate and tip the discussion into law and order territory. An apology from the would be in order.

Good. Just put a warning before it to keep oversensitive people happy What a pointless exercise. Dig out an old episode of a comedy most young people under 50 have never seen. Show how ‘offensive’ it is, ban it and then put it back, now everyone knowing how offensive it is ! UKTV Have you taken episode 6 series 1 of OnlyFoolsAndHorses down - the one where DelBoy uses the P word? UKTV UKGold

Whole series should be binned for crapness. Hooray!👍👏👏👏 Cutting out the racial slurs seems totally legit to me tbh

Fawlty Towers fans furious as BBC removes iconic '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.

They were always going to weren't they? Just taking out the N words 🙄 The only show to give two women roles of superior quick thinkers Why don't you talk about the HK protesters and the police brutality going on right now? What are you hiding? On the spectrum of 'Blazing Saddles' to 'Gone With the Wind,' this episode lands closer to 'Blazing Saddles,' but I also find it's dated & would benefit for a contextual explanation for newer audiences. Like explaning why Swift can be very funny.

Respect to UKTV Congrats on these two non stories in order to get racists seething... Christ, I don't know whether I'm coming out going 🤣🤣 Good, just don’t mention the war,,, Years ago, I watched this episode of Fawlty Towers with my Dad and two guests, teachers from Germany. They were amused; I think they'd moved on from the past. I was... not at ease.

Lol

BBC remove Fawlty Towers' iconic 'Don't Mention The War' episode from UKTV streaming site BBC have removed an iconic episode of Fawlty Towers that coined the phrase “Don’t mention the war” from the streaming site UKTV . The streaming service which is owned by the Corporation, have decide… I'm sure the 3 people that would've watched it will be gutted Are you inquiring to SussexroyalU why they praised a sussexsquad member henryscousin recently although they constantly Tweet racism and hateful comments about KensingtonRoyal RoyalFamily Markle was introduced by scobie the author of Finding-Freedom published by deystreet My answer. Simple. Brilliant.

I am german and I love this episode. Describe it as rascist is a complete misunderstanding. I’m assuming they’ve reinstated the version that is available on Netflix and iPlayer. Y’now, the one with the “n*****s” and the “w**s” taken out, as approved by John Cleese. Rather than anything to do with “the war”, (as that is what the majority think it was taken down for)

Aww ffs. Get a grip you reactionist sheep. Common sense kicks in. Christ why the hell did they pull it in the first place ? Maybe to placate the will of a certain populace. Cleese is just a doddering Brexiteer. The remaining Pythons must be terribly ashamed. Can we have the name of the person who decided to remove it? - thanks in advance

Wow! They are spineless and gutless. I didn’t agree with the decision but to reverse it is a pathetic flip flop. As a German who lived in the UK for many years and is married to a Brit, I find this episode quite funny because it puts the spotlight on the prejudices of the British and their obsession with WW2. Also, in a way it explains why Brexit happened...

I should bloody think so. Our forefathers fought the Nazis in the name of freedom. That freedom must include choice. Choice to decide watch or don’t watch. (TV) Observe or don’t observe (statues) Listen or don’t listen (Musical genres) Freedom for all to make their own choices.

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

What if he just was mocking racism and stereotypes? I read that show Friends would not be interested nowdays because of all jokes. I don't want that kind of world where you say hello to some person and she/he would get offended. Hmm.,... I'm quite cynically thinking UKTV did this on purpose to boost viewership. As they say, when chaos reigns , opportunity arises.

Publicity stunt? Perhaps... Maybe they realised the majority actual don't like censorship, and they were pandering to the foolish minority The Empire Strikes Back. The Germans was a true classic. Did Basil win the war...😆 Cue the anger from the left wing lemons If they didn't restore it we would all mention the war

God does anyone still watch this ancient stuff? Get a life!

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Dats vealy good! Some common sense at last. Would be a silly move to have it removed too. The world have become so political correct on BlackLivesMattters , that its getting silly now. Next they want to decapitate the Little Mermaid of Copenhagen because her feature is white , or at least demand she is painted brown?

Very dangerous path being headed down... almost Nazi level obliteration of what had gone before... we are here because of what went before. Don't glorify the mistakes but remember and learn from the less edifying actions of previous generations I don’t believe it! Sorry, wrong show How many headlines do I have to read about John Cleese today? There are actual current events currently eventing. PulseNightclub BlackTransLivesMatters

Fantastic.

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?

Published on Fri 12 Jun 2020 20.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.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.Liam Llewellyn Invalid Date, BBC have removed an iconic episode of Fawlty Towers that coined the phrase “Don’t mention the war” from the streaming site UKTV.

47 BST An episode of the classic 1970s sitcom Fawlty Towers is set to be reinstated on a BBC-owned streaming service after the service removed it because it contained “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. More than a decade ago, many broadcasters began editing out inappropriate language, although the uncensored version is still hosted on streaming site . 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. Fawlty Towers is the latest series to be 'censored' in the wake of historical racism scrutiny (Image: BBC) Fawlty Towers starred John Cleese as the ever intolerant hotel manager Basin Fawlty (Image: NETFLIX) The other 11 episodes remain available to stream on UKTV’s paid on-demand service. The decision was criticised by John Cleese, who cowrote the show and played its main character, misanthropic hotel owner Basil Fawlty." The episode in question showed John Cleese as Basil Fawlty yelling the famous phrase while goose-stepping around a Torquay hotel.

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. 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. 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: “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." Another said:"So now Fawlty Towers and some Simpsons episodes are being cancelled. 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." DON'T MISS. The 11 other episodes of Fawlty Towers remain available to stream on UKTV’s paid on-demand service.

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.

” 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 re-evaluated 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 was run by a mixture of “marketing people and petty bureaucrats”, he added.

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