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Saturday, 12 February 2011

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The BBC trust has been rocked by a series of apologies its been obliged to make in relation to some of its most famous programmes.

In December 2010, the Trust apologised to all follicly challenged people for the running gag against wig wearers perpetrated by Morecambe against Wise in the 60's and 70's.

Last month, another apology followed, this time to gardeners who for years have been "the subject of extreme ridicule" since the "Forkhandles" sketch made famous in The Two Ronnies.

And finally, only weeks ago, the BBC formally apologised to the Spanish nation for the "excessive emotional and physical abuse " meted by Basil Fawlty on the hapless waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers.

Its since come to light that the actor and co creator of the characters, John Cleese, and the actor who played Manuel - Andrew Sachs - have never been able to enter Spain since the series first aired in 1975.

The reason given by an unnamed Spanish immigration spokesman was that
"their presence in our country would not be in the national interest. Senor Cleese's safety could not be guaranteed in light of the persistently aggressive behaviour he displayed towards Manuel. As for Senor Sachs, he disgraced all Spanish males by portraying them as weak, submissive creatures." The fact that the spokesman made his comments before rushing home to do the hoovering, is neither here nor there.

Meanwhile, Terry Wogan's "Blankety Blank" and Bruce Forsyth's "Play Your Cards Right" are rumoured to be next in the politically correct lobby's firing line. Tel's show is under investigation as it may be responsible for giving rise to an offensive new rhyming slang.

Brucie's finest moment on the other hand is the subject of intense scrutiny after the Mary Whitehouse Foundation claimed its title blatantly encouraged society to indulge in widespread promiscuity.


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