Blackadder fans rage as BBC show is slapped with warning over ‘upsetting scenes’

Telly chiefs have attached a viewers’ warning to hit comedy Blackadder – over side-splitting scenes of “torture”.

The BBC show’s second series, starring Rowan Atkinson as Queen Elizabeth’s troubled favourite Edmund Blackadder, is now available on streaming service BritBox.

But censors have warned viewers to be aware of `strong language’ and `some upsetting scenes’.

In the last episode of the Elizabethan-era series called `Chains’ Edmund and Lord Melchett – played by Stephen Fry – are imprisoned and held to ransom by Hugh Laurie’s Prince Ludwig The Indestructible.

Edmund is seen chained to a dungeon wall and held in a giant spiked box.

Blackadder and his Spanish torturer engage in a hilarious game of charades to determine the exact insults, threats, and mode of violence he should use.

Just as the torturer is about to start Prince Ludwig – a German pretender to the throne who mispronounces English words – interrupts telling Edmund they have met before when he was disguised as Big Sally, a waitress at The Old Pizzle in Dover.

Edmund is horrified because he had an affair with Big Sally unaware it was Ludwig. Lord Melchett does not recognise Ludwig either until the prince reveals they met when he impersonated Flossie the sheep at a monastery in Cornwall.

Melchett is equally aghast having also unknowingly had a sexual encounter with the madman. Ludwig then agrees to imprison the pair for life instead of killing them but they escape.

One Blackadder fan wrote in an online forum: "Warning signs? Warning signs? The only danger to anyone watching this is your sides might actually split from laughter."

Another said: "The woke brigade strikes again."

Last month it was revealed how classic BBC comedy The Good Life had been hit with a BritBox warning – over an apron.

Running for four series in the 70s it was known for its gentle humour delivered as Tom and Barbara Good – played by Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal – attempted a self-sufficient life in suburbia.

But BritBox chiefs slapped a warning on an episode in season four called Away From it All.

The action shows Margot – played by Penelope Keith – and her hubby Jerry (Paul Eddington) taking over Tom and Barbara’s chores after sending their neighbours away on a break.

One scene near the end captures Margot preparing food in the Goods’ kitchen wearing an apron featuring Golly from marmalade and jam firm Robertson’s.

Viewers using the service are told the episode 'contains offensive racial imagery'.

Hi-de-Hi! and Keeping Up Appearances have also been given warnings over out-dated language referring to race and sexuality.

A spokesman for the streaming service said: "We review and refresh BritBox’s programme catalogue on an ongoing basis.

"Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their era has carried appropriate warnings since our launch in November 2019 to ensure the right guidance is in place for viewers who are choosing to watch on demand."

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