BBC fury: BBC ‘wasting licence fee payers’ money’ launching Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em probe
The series, which was a hit with millions of viewers throughout the 1970s, was investigated by the broadcaster after an episode was repeated on BBC Two and a viewer complained about the language used. Before the episode was aired, the BBC presented a warning to viewers, advising them the instalment may contain outdated language. The episode in question saw the bumbling lead character Frank Spencer say: “I’m the chief of the pixies, I’m the friend of all the little boys and girls.”
“Oh no you’re not, you’re a p**f,” a boy yelled at Frank.
Frank responded: “I beg your pardon, block your ears!”
The BBC launched an investigation following a complaint from a viewer but an internal watchdog decided it did not breach editorial guidelines.
But the decision from the broadcaster has been brutally attacked by Defund The BBC, which campaigns to decriminalise and make the TV licence cover BBC content only.
The group tweeted to its 101,000 Twitter followers: “Why is the BBC wasting licence fee payers’ money launching a probe? We know what they’ll find… jokes.
“Actual jokes that make people laugh.
“We know this a foreign concept at the Beeb.
“Switch to on-demand and do your bit to #DefundTheBBC by legally cancelling your TV licence.”
Another person said: “Why is it when dozens of ppl complain about BBC bias absolutely nothing is done?
“One person complains about one word (even though there was a pre warning) & the BBC conduct a probe.”
A spokesman for the BBC said: “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over time and our approach is to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated.”
Some Mothers Do ’Ave ’Em ran for five years between 1973 and 1978 before returning in 2016 for a Sports Relief one-off special, but is just one of a number of series from the BBC to trigger a furious response from some viewers.
Popular series’ including Little Britain, Blackadder, and The League of Gentleman have also been placed under the spotlight for the language used in some episodes.
In January, the broadcaster also came under attack after they aired Grease, with viewers complained John Travolta’s character Danny was racist, homophobic and used bullying language.
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