The BBC have issued The Royle Family with a discriminatory language warning, despite the last episode of the show being made in 2012.
The popular British sitcom, which ran from 1998 until 2012, is now on iPlayer and sees Ricky Tomlinson portray grouchy couch potato Jim Royle.
The grumpy character dishes out plenty of unkind remarks throughout the series, which could now be seen as very offensive.
For example, in series two episode three, whilst watching DIY show Changing Rooms, he calls host Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen a “nancy boy”.
This particular episode already had an ‘adult humour’ warning, and now carries the tag: “Contains discriminatory language which some viewers may find offensive.”
However, The Royle Family isn’t the first show to have been given a warning.
Fawlty Towers, Allo Allo! and Dad’s Army have all been given similar warnings regarding language and gags – which can now be deemed old-fashioned.
According to MailOnline, a BBC representative said: “Some older programmes on occasion contain language that some viewers find offensive, inappropriate or which have now fallen out of use, and for that reason, we do make that clear on iPlayer and elsewhere.”
But many do not disagree with the BBC’s actions, as The Sun claimed Robin Aitken, a BBC worker for 25 years, said: “More wokeness. Combing archives to ensure shows are politically correct is sinister and laughable.”
One TV fan tweeted: “Just another nail in the coffin of this ridiculous broadcaster.”
Another posted: “A ‘discriminatory language’ warning into the original Dad’s Army film on BBC2? What has the world come to?”
Last year, the BBC was accused of “taking political correctness too far” by removing shows like Little Britain and Fawlty Towers from iPlayer over fears of offence.
Media minister John Whittingdale said that while some programmes from the 60s are “wholly unacceptable”, ditching comedy classics that were ‘still widely enjoyed’ was the wrong decision.