BritBox adds 'woke' content warning to Some Mothers Do Ave Em

BritBox adds ‘woke’ content warning to Some Mothers Do Ave Em Christmas special after BBC launched investigation into ‘homophobic slur’ in the episode

BritBox has added a ‘woke’ content warning to the Some Mothers Do Ave Em Christmas special. 

The streaming service shows a message at the start of the 1975 festive episode that says the show may ‘contains language and attitudes of the time that may offend.’

That particular episode prompted a slew of complaints of a homophobic slur as Michael Crawford’s character Frank Spencer is called a ‘p**f’ after dressing up as a pixie.    

Reaction: BritBox has added a ‘woke’ content warning to the Christmas comedy Some Mothers Do Ave Em (Michael Crawford and Michelle Dotrice are pictured as the main characters)

Viewers are warned about the show: ‘Contains language and attitudes of the time that may offend.’

The platform will also screen the 1975 and 1979 festive episodes of Are You Being Served?

The character Mr Humphries who is played by John Inman has the catchphrase ‘I’m free’ and has been criticised by gay rights groups for promoting camp stereotypes. 

A spokesman for Britbox said: ‘Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their era have carried appropriate warnings since our launch to ensure the right guidance is in place.’

Oh dear: The episode in question prompted a slew of complaints of a homophobic slur as Michael Crawford’s character Frank Spencer is called a ‘p**f’ after dressing up as a pixie (right)

It comes after in April this year the BBC launched an investigation into Some Mothers Do Ave Em after a viewer complained about the sitcom using a homophobic slur.

The British show aired from February 1973 until December 1978 and was a hit with fans watching the accident-prone character’s failed attempts to hold down a job.

In 1975’s Christmas special, he works as a pixie in a department store grotto, but concerns were raised about the language used in the episode.

Moving with the times: Viewers are warned about the show: ‘Contains language and attitudes of the time that may offend’

In the scene, Frank says: ‘I’m the chief of the pixies, I’m the friend of all the little boys and girls.’ 

A boy turns to him and replies: ‘Oh no you’re not, you’re a p**f.’

Frank responds: ‘I beg your pardon! Block your ears!’ 

A viewer complained after a repeat on BBC Two, which led to the Beeb’s internal watchdog conducting an probe into the show. 

Family favourite: The British show aired from February 1973 until December 1978 and was a hit with fans watching the accident-prone character’s failed attempts to hold down a job

As reported in the Times afterwards, the watchdog ruled the episode didn’t breach editorial guidelines.

A BBC spokesman commented: ‘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.’

Little Britain, Blackadder and League of Gentleman are among the other classic British shows that have warnings at the start. 

Sensitive content: Little Britain, Blackadder (pictured) and League of Gentleman are among the other classic British shows that have warnings at the start

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