Keeping Up Appearances slapped with content warning over offensive language

Keeping Up ­Appearances has been hit with a content warning over a gay joke.

Viewers tuning into the show are told that the family programme "contains ­language and ­attitudes of the era that may offend".

The popular BBC series ran for five ­seasons in the 1990s.

It followed the lives of snooty Hyacinth Bucket, played by Patricia Routledge, and her downtrodden husband Richard – actor Clive Swift.

In one episode Hyacinth and Richard spend a weekend at her rich sister and brother-in-law’s country cottage.

When they encounter a posh local Hyacinth tells Richard the man is "quent" – a word for people who speak well, short for eloquent – and as "quent as a £4 note".

In another episode, several characters make fun of a Polish person’s name and question his right to be living in the UK.

The series is being rerun on Britbox, the BBC’s streaming service of classic shows.

A spokesman for the channel said: "We review and refresh BritBox’s programme catalogue on an ongoing basis.

"Programming on the service that ­contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their era has 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."

Last week it was revealed that The Good Life has also been hit with a BritBox warning – over an apron.

The tame comedy, which ran for four ­series in the 70s, followed the fortunes of Tom and Barbara Good – played by Richard Briers and Felicity Kendal – as they attempted a self-sufficient life in suburbia.

BritBox chiefs slapped a warning on an episode in season four called Away From It All.

The action shows the Goods’ neighbour Margo Leadbetter – Penelope Keith – and husband Jerry, played by Paul Eddington, taking over Tom and Barbara’s chores after sending them away on a break.

One scene shows Margo preparing food wearing an apron featuring Golly from ­marmalade and jam firm Robertson’s.

Viewers using the service are told the ­episode "contains offensive racial imagery".

Robertson’s customers used to be able to collect ­tokens on jars of fruit preserves for Golly merchandise, and 20million Golly dolls were sent out.

But in 1983 the now-defunct Greater London Council voted to boycott Robertson’s products saying they were ­offensive, and five years later the golly ­disappeared from TV advertising.

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