THE Catherine Tate show has been branded as homophobic and racist after another wave of BritBox censoring swept the platform.
Two Christmas specials of the series have been slapped with the stark warning after episodes featured blackface – the practice of wearing make-up to imitate the appearance of a black person.
In one episode, in particular, Catherine wears a burka and makes crude jokes about Indian people and the smell of curry.
The show, which first aired in 2004, has also seen one of Catherine’s staple characters – including the foul-mouthed nan – red-flagged by the streaming service as offensive.
Viewers tuning into the old BBC favourite are warned: “Contains adult humour, sex references, and homophobic and racist language that may offend.”
In her 2007 festive special, nan made jokes about her new Indian neighbour.
Receiving a pot of curry from her, she threw it in the bin, before shockingly revealing that she didn’t want “the curtains to stink", while also referring to using elephants.
But the racism in the episode doesn’t stop there, either, as nan goes on to poke fun at gypsies and two Muslim women in burkas.
In the hope of getting better service at the local council office, nan then wears one herself, suggesting that Muslims all receive preferential treatment from the authorities.
Also in the show, northerners Janice and Ray branded chefs at a Caribbean restaurant as “dirty, evil robbing b*****ds” for charging £8.50 for goat curry.
A dismayed Janice says: “They’ve made a curry, from a goat. The dirty b*****ds.”
And a camp character named Derek Faye – who denies being gay – says homosexual men “wave their ding dongs” in public toilets during a foul-mouthed homophobic tirade of abuse.
Another character in careless nurse Bernadette, brands lesbian women as “f**ny bashers” and rug “m****ers”.
A spokesman for BritBox commented on their move to add warnings to the show and said: “We review and refresh BritBox’s programma catalogue on an ongoing basis.
“Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their era have carried appropriate warnings since our launch in November 2019, to ensure the right guidance is in place for viewers who are choosing to watch on-demand.”
It comes after classic Corrie and Eastenders episodes, plus The Good Life, Bergerac and Hi-di-Hi were all hit with warnings over racist dialogue.
And just last week, it was also revealed how Midsomer Murders had been highlighted for racism for having morris dancers with black faces.
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