Little Britain removed from streaming sites after ‘blackface’ criticism

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Published on June 10, 2020 by

The TV comedy series Little Britain has been removed from all UK streaming platforms because of concerns about the use of ‘blackface’ by its two stars, David Walliams and Matt Lucas.

The comedy sketch show, which first aired in 2003 on BBC Three, has been removed from Netflix, BritBox and BBC iPlayer. The follow up show, Come Fly With Me, has also been taken down by Netflix.

Meanwhile a leading imam has told the BBC that the government’s decision to re-open places of worship for private individual prayer next Monday could cause resentment in some faith communities.

Qari Asim, who heads the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board, said that while Christians were able to pray as individuals, Muslims and other faiths practiced communal prayer and if this wasn’t possible because of social distancing measures it would be better to keep the doors shut.

Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reports from Media Editor Amol Rajan and Religion Editor Martin Bashir.

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