BritBox sparks row after BBC and ITV streaming service runs Doctor Who episode with racist slurs


BritBox sparks ‘yellowface’ row after BBC and ITV streaming service runs Physician Who episode with racist slurs and white actors sporting make-up to play Asian characters

  • £5.99-a-month streaming service did not put a content material warning on the episode
  • TV bosses had promised its reveals would ‘comply’ with a 2019 viewers
  • BBC’s Dying Us Do Half and ITV’s collection Love Thy Neighbour have been axed 

BritBox has been accused of ‘racism’ after it put up an episode of Physician Who the place Chinese language persons are known as ‘inscrutable chinks’ and ‘yellowfaced’.

The £5.99-a-month streaming service run by the BBC and ITV did not put a content material warning on the 1977 six-part collection the place white actors are additionally proven sporting make-up and placing on accents as they play Asian characters.

TV bosses have already rejected a bunch of British programmes from the platform after claiming they don’t ‘comply’ with the viewing requirements of a 2019 viewers. 

Amongst reveals to fall beneath the axe have been the BBC’s 1965 Dying Us Do Half, which incorporates a bigoted character, and ITV’s 1970s collection Love Thy Neighbour, a couple of West Indian couple residing subsequent door to a white English couple.

Britbox has added a content material warning to the episode because it was alerted to the difficulty, and mentioned its compliance crew are nonetheless working to ‘evaluate’ all programmes. 

The 1977 episode of Doctor Who shows a white actor wearing make-up and putting on an accent. TV bosses had promised BritBox would comply with 2019 viewing standards

The 1977 episode of Physician Who reveals a white actor sporting make-up and placing on an accent. TV bosses had promised BritBox would adjust to 2019 viewing requirements

The episode shows Tom Brake as Doctor Who battling a Chinese stage magician

The episode reveals Tom Brake as Physician Who battling a Chinese language stage magician

Spokeswoman for the British East Asians in Theatre & on Display screen and a screenwriter for Hollyoaks and Medical doctors who grew up in Hong Kong, Emma Ko, informed The Instances the episode is ‘actually laborious to observe as a result of yellowface is so unacceptable now’.

‘When you find yourself any individual who was known as a “Chink” in your childhood, as I’ve been, it’s so laborious to listen to that phrase and never really feel instantly a set off response of how unsuitable it’s.’

The episode, titled The Talons of Weng-Chiang, reveals Tom Baker enjoying the Physician as he battles a Chinese language stage magician villain known as Li H’sen Chang, performed by white British actor John Bennett.

When the platform, which goals to indicate viewers one of the best of British tv, was launched it pledged to ‘re-comply all the pieces that goes on to BritBox with trendy TV viewing requirements’.

It additionally trumpeted a setting that will enable viewers to set bespoke warnings for explicit programmes. 

An ITV spokesman mentioned on the launch: ‘We’ve rigorously chosen a variety of the perfect in British programming which can enchantment to viewers in 2019.’

Other episodes have had warnings placed on them including one from Fawlty Towers where John Cleese's character impersonates Nazi marching

Different episodes have had warnings positioned on them together with one from Fawlty Towers the place John Cleese’s character impersonates Nazi marching

Several series were axed from the platform before its launch. ITV's 1970s Love Thy Neighbour series, about a West Indian couple living next to a white couple, was not put on BritBox

A number of collection have been axed from the platform earlier than its launch. ITV’s 1970s Love Thy Neighbour collection, a couple of West Indian couple residing subsequent to a white couple, was not placed on BritBox

Programmes to make it onto the service embrace Fawlty Towers, which incorporates scenes the place John Cleese’s character Basil Fawlty impersonates Nazi marching and has bother speaking with a Spanish character known as Manuel.

BritBox bosses have added a warning to the collection saying it incorporates ‘some offensive language of the time and upsetting scenes’. 

Solely Fools and Horses was additionally allowed onto the platform, however shows a content material warning for viewers.

BritBox has did not reveal its viewing figures since its launch final 12 months, claiming it’s nonetheless too early to launch them.

Nevertheless, analysis has discovered that almost all customers seem to not proceed their membership following a one month free trial.

Only one.5 per cent of households that signed up stored their membership, based on a survey by Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates, which is equal to 380,000 households within the UK. 

Tom Baker pictured as the fourth doctor with his new companion Leela, or Louise Jameson

Tom Baker pictured because the fourth physician along with his new companion Leela, or Louise Jameson

Netflix – which launched its service in 2010 – has over 9.1million viewers within the UK alone and 148 million worldwide.

In the meantime Amazon Prime has managed to rake in 6.4million viewers for programmes together with The Grand Tour and The Man In The Excessive Fortress.

BritBox commissioned its first programme, Spitting Picture, final week. The favored satirical comedy ridiculing politicians and leaders within the 1980s and 1990s has been absent from British TV units for greater than 20 years. 



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