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Little England returns to BBC with ‘racist and bigotry’ sketches kept

The BBC has brought Little Britain back to their on-demand service, BBC iPlayer, despite the black-face controversy surrounding David Walliams and Matt Lucas’ sketch show

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Matt Lucas and David Walliams reunite on Little Britain sketch in 2020

Britain has returned to the BBC’s on-demand iPlayer service with some ‘racist and bigotry’ sketches left over.

The David Walliams and Matt Lucas comedy sketch show, which was a huge hit when it was first shown on TV in the middle of recent years, has come under fire in recent times over the show’s content, with the BBC removing it from the streaming service because of a blackface controversy.

Matt, 48, and David, 50, have seen the show return to the BBC but there have been some characters cut from the edited versions that will be available.

Thai bride Ting Tong Macadangdang, played by Matt, and Pastors Jesse King and Desiree DeVere, who witnessed David do blackface for both characters, has been dropped from the comedy show’s return.







David Walliams and Matt Lucas both regret Little Britain
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Despite this and Aunt Beeb insisting that the comedy “reflects the cultural context”, there are many who argue that Little Britain should be tied to the history of comedy, alongside ‘racist’ shows like Love Thy Neighbor from the 70’s.

There are still many ‘biggest and racist’ moments left over in the edited versions of the show and a BBC spokesman defended the decision to make the sketch show available again.







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They said: “Little Britain has been made available to fans on BBC iPlayer following edits by Matt and David to the series to better reflect changes in the cultural landscape over the past twenty years since the show’s release. program is performed for the first time.”

Half-hour episodes have been cut to about 23 minutes in some cases, and there will be warning notices ahead of some episodes that will let viewers know that there may be “discriminatory language”.

There were some viewers who believed the cuts had not gone far enough and on Twitter, one person wrote: “Can we just leave Little Britain in the comedy bin where it belongs to Love Thy Neighbor? Or condense episodes that include really good sketches and remove all racism and transphobia.”







Matt Lucas and David Walliams first starred in Little Britain in 2003
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Among the outraged tweets, some felt that the comedy reflected the UK being “a multi-ethnic country”.

The Twitter user wrote: “I’m glad Little Britain is back but disagree with editing the art to fit modern standards of political correctness.

“(They) show our progress as a multi-ethnic nation and are part of our history.”

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