NEW streaming service Britbox is putting classic British comedies under the microscope.
The subscription-based model launched in the UK last week, taking on the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime with an array of heritage shows.
However, an array of series were cut after being deemed politically incorrect, while others were forced to air warnings of offensive content.
Axed shows include the likes of Till Death Do Us Part, which centred on bigoted protagonist Alf Garnett.
Love Thy Neighbour, which sees a West Indian couple move next door to a white English cover and the ensuing culture clash, also got the chop.
It Ain’t Half Hot, Mum, which tracked a group of soldiers in Deolali, India, during World War II was turned down too.
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However, the likes of Only Fools And Horses and Fawlty Towers survived the cull, but were slapped with offensive content warnings.
A spokesperson for Britbox defended the decision, insisting: “We’ve carefully selected a wide range of the very best in British programming which will appear to viewers in 2019.”
Britbox costs £5.99 a month and is expected to swell its collection of shows within the next year, as it pulls British content from its rivals.
The likes of ITV, BBC and Channel 4 are also expected to enter into deals with the service going forward.
However, co-productions such as Bodyguard, made in association with Netflix, will remain where they are.
ITV chief Carolyn McCall previously described the launch of Britbox as a “milestone moment”.
“Subscription video on demand is increasingly popular with consumers who love being able to watch what they want when they want to watch it,” she said, in a statement.
“They are also happy to pay for this ease of access to quality content and so BritBox is tapping into this, and a new revenue stream for UK public service broadcasters.”