BBC removes sketches of Chewin’ The Fat as sitcom wakes up

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The hit series starring Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill has undergone a PC overhaul, at the instigation of its owners, in an effort to make it less controversial.

Some older sketches of the classic BBC sitcom Chewin’ The Fat have been removed as the company seeks to avoid offending marginalized groups.

The hit series starring Ford Kiernan and Greg Hemphill has undergone a PC overhaul, at the instigation of its owners, in an effort to make it less controversial.

Chewin’ The Fat proved to be a springboard for the Still Game stars, who are still widely known for their roles in the Scottish sitcom.

Show star Karen Dunbar was watching old episodes of Chewin’ The Fat as she prepared a documentary about navigating comedy in the so-called ‘woke’ world.

She realized that old sketches from the series had been altered during her research.

Speaking to the Cultural Coven podcast, Karen said: “As part of the documentary, we went to the BBC in London where they are editing the rehearsals.

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“Chewin’ the Fat was going to be rehearsed this weekend, so they came up with various sketches and asked me if I thought they were going to be kept or removed.

“The BBC reviews every repeat that comes out and will remove any material that is not acceptable today.

“The result was that Chewin’ the Fat came out but with bits removed that would have been in the original 20 years before.”

The deleted material is set to air in the documentary to be aired later this year “Karen Dunbar: The Comedy of Offence.”

Chewin’ The Fat had four series on the BBC between 1999 and 2002, having originally started as a radio show.

Sketches of the show have been repeated regularly on BBC Scotland since the channel launched in 2019.

A BBC spokesperson said:

A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC regularly reviews older content to ensure it meets current audience expectations.”

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