Only Fools and Horses episodes flagged as ‘racist’ in latest BritBox censoring

Only Fools And Horses is racist, according to telly streaming platform BritBox.

Five episodes of the legendary BBC comedy starring David Jason as Del Boy Trotter have been flagged up for containing “offensive racial language”.

The website, owned by the Beeb and ITV, has just added seven series and two Christmas specials to celebrate 40 years of the show.

Censors have slapped viewers’ warnings on several episodes.

They include The Russians Are Coming, in which Del acquires lead from a DIY nuclear fallout shelter, The Yellow Peril, about a scheme to decorate a Chinese takeaway, plus Who’s A Pretty Boy Then?, Happy Returns and Hole In One.

Uncle Albert, Rodney and Del Boy
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Viewers are told of the episodes: “Contains some offensive racial language of the time.’’

In The Russians Are Coming – from the first series of the show aired in 1981 – Del’s grandad said a “P*ki shop” would be open even in the event of a nuclear holocaust.

The title of The Yellow Peril Chinese takeaway episode paints east Asians as a danger to the West.

Del Boy's grandad, played by Lennard Pearce, said the racially insensitive comment
Del Boy’s grandad, played by Lennard Pearce, said the racially insensitive comment
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Actress Sue Holderness, 72, who played Marlene Boyce, has defended the show from accusations of racism.

She said: “There have been people saying you could never make Only Fools And Horses now. That it was racist.

“It wasn’t remotely racist.

“Del and Rodney and all that community – there wasn’t a racist ounce in their body.’’

A BritBox spokesman said a “review and refresh” of its programme catalogue was “on-going”.

The characters were often found in the The Nags Head, a pub in Peckham
The characters were often found in the The Nags Head, a pub in Peckham
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“Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their era have 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,’’ he added.

Classic Coronation Street and EastEnders episodes plus The Good Life, Bergerac and Hi-di-Hi! have all been hit with warnings over racist dialogue.

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