‘Allo ‘Allo! slapped with content warning by BritBox over French jokes

'Allo 'Allo: Gorden Kaye and Vicki Michelle star in 1982 episode

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Despite the programme ending in 1992, fans are still able to binge-watch all nine seasons of ‘Allo ‘Allo! on BritBox. However, it has recently been reported that the streaming service has issued a warning before its episodes. The BBC series, which starred Gorden Kay as café owner René Artois, has reportedly been hit with warnings on all nine series due to its sexual jokes and stereotyping of French and German characters.

Streaming subscription service, BritBox, is warning viewers that the 80s classic “contains language and attitudes of the time that may offend some viewers”.

The BBC comedy, which was set during World War Two, included catchphrases including “I was p***ing by the door” and “Shut up, you silly old bat”.

According to the Daily Star, the 1980s classic was hit with a warning so that audiences don’t get upset with the jokes about the French.

A source told the publication: “Bosses are worried the pantomime-esque sexual innuendo and the stereotyping of French and German characters could cause offence in today’s ‘woke’ world.”

‘Allo ‘Allo! was created by writers David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd and was originally broadcast on BBC One.

The series surrounded the life of café owner René, who had to deal with problems caused by a German office and a local French Resistance leader.

The sitcom began in 1982 and ran for nine series before it came to an end in 1992.

‘Allo ‘Allo! isn’t the only sitcom BritBox has hit with a content warning.

Earlier this year, the streaming service put an offensive language warning on Keeping Up Appearances.

The British sitcom aired on BBC One from 1990 to 1995.

It was created and written by Roy Clarke and starred Patricia Routledge, who played social climber, Hyacinth Bucket and her husband, Richard (played by Clive Swift).

The series followed Hyacinth in her attempt to prove her social superiority and even though her surname was Bucket, she insisted it was pronounced Bouquet. 

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One Foot in The Grave is another 1990s sitcom that fell victim to the viewer warning.

And it isn’t just Britbox as the BBC slapped a warning on the 1970s film, Dad’s Army.

In January, the BBC aired the 1971 classic and viewers were met with a warning about the language the film uses.

The warning read: “This film contains discriminatory language which some may find offensive.”

At the time, a spokesperson told Express.co.uk: “Since Dad’s Army first aired public attitudes have changed significantly and guidance was given at the start of the programme due to a specific discriminatory remark.”


An episode of comedy Fawlty Towers was also removed from UKTV due to a racist rant made by one of the characters.

Last year, the 1975 episode, titled The Germans, was hit with a content warning after being removed from the BBC owned streaming service, following slurs deemed as racist by Major Gowen, which were previously taken out in 2013.

BBC bosses also came under fire in January for placing another content warning on the comedy Blackadder.

In the 1983 episode titled “Born to be King”, Captain Edmond Blackadder (Rowan Atkinson) is involved in a heated exchange with Dougal McAngus, Duke Of Argyll (Alex Norton). 

‘Allo ‘Allo! is available to watch on BritBox.

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