Royle Family episodes flagged with discriminatory language warning over gay slur

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BBC sitcom The Royle Family has been hit with a language warning over homophobic slurs and other offensive remarks.

The popular comedy, which ran from 1998 to 2012, follows the life of television-obsessed Manchester family The Royles, with the humour provided by their old-fashioned opinions.

In the third episode of the second series, fans see Jim Royle – who is played by actor Ricky Tomlinson – watch an episode of DIY show Changing Rooms, where he calls Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen a "nancy boy".

It is the latest TV series to have been given a "contains discriminatory language which some viewers may find offensive" tag, following the backlash from Dad's Army, Allo Allo! and Fawlty Towers.

BBC show The Royle Family shows Sue Johnston as Barbara and Ricky Tomlinson as Jim
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The Royle Family initially had an "adult humour" tag, but it has been extended to make fans aware of the offensive terms used throughout.

Taking to Twitter, fans have shared their thoughts about the new warning issued by the BBC, with the majority of viewers slamming the move.

The series has been given a 'woke' language warning
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One commented: "The woke are ruining having a sense of humour boring lot."

Another shared: "You can't punish the past by the standards of the present."

"Comedy is slowly dying unfortunately!!" a third added.

Fans of the show have blasted the BBC's decision
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However, some fans praised the BBC's decision to add the tag, with one writing: "Was watching only falls and horses the other day. Mad what they used to be able to say on t.v.

"I don't see the problem with the warnings, better then some woke clown trying to edit them to todays PC standards, easily offended don't watch it and miss out on great programs. [sic]"

A statement from the BBC said: "Older programmes contain language that some viewers find offensive, inappropriate or which have now fallen out of use.

"For that reason, we do make that clear on iPlayer and elsewhere."

Caroline Aherne in The Royle Family
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In recent years, the cast of Royle Family have had to come to terms with the death of their co-star Caroline Aherne, who played Denise in the comedy series.

The actress and comedian died in July 2016, aged 52, after battling lung cancer.

Ricky was absolutely heartbroken when he heard the sad news that his on-screen daughter had passed away, as they hit it off right away when they were filming.

A sixth season was in the works before Caroline tragically died.

She tragically died aged 52 after battling lung cancer
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Ricky admitted he had no idea how truly ill the actress was, and actually believed that Caroline was recovering, but she died alone in her home in Timperley, Cheshire – with only a few close friends and family realising she was very sick.

He told The Sunday Mirror : "I'm so bloody shocked. She was absolutely wonderful and amazing to work for. Kind, funny, witty.

"A true professional and one of the most generous people I ever worked with."

*The Royle Family is available to stream now on BBC iPlayer.

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