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Libby Purves criticises BBC for erasing offensive jokes out of old shows

Libby Purves has slammed the BBC for editing old shows to remove offensive jokes.The former BBC Radio 4 presenter argued that the jokes should be kept in to show how far society has come.Writing in the Radio Times, she said: “It’s actually refreshing to be made to cringe: it shows how far we have come, and makes anyone thoughtful wonder which current expressions will shock our grandchildren.”The BBC have been re-editing old radio shows such as Steptoe and Son and Dad’s Army to remove insensitive jokes regarding race, gender and sexuality.One such joke removed from Dad’s Army included a...
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