Fawlty Towers episode removed from UKTV

Fawlty Towers “Don’t mention the war” episode has been removed from UKTV.

Fawlty Towers episode The Germans has been removed from the British streaming service because it has “racial slurs”.

UKTV, which is BBC-owned, said it has temporarily made Fawlty Towers episode The Germans unavailable while it carries out a review.

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First aired in 1975, the episode showed hotel owner Basil Fawlty, played by John Cleese, goose-stepping while shouting “don’t mention the war” in front of a group of German tourists.

The episode also features scenes where Major Gowen uses offensive language when talking about the West Indies cricket team which had already been cut by some broadcasters, according to reports.

A UKTV spokesman said: “UKTV has temporarily removed an episode of Fawlty Towers, The Germans, from Gold’s Box Set.

The episode contains racial slurs so we are taking the episode down while we review it. We regularly review older content to ensure it meets audience expectations and are particularly aware of the impact of outdated language.”

Earlier this week Little Britain was pulled from iPlayer and Netflix over controversy.

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