Casualty: Old episodes of BBC drama slapped with content warning over ‘racist language’

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Long running BBC medical drama Casualty is the latest show to be branded with content warnings on BritBox. The streaming service has reviewed classic episodes of the hit programme and has uncovered older scenes that could cause offence or distress. This comes as a string of British TV shows from the past have gained viewer warnings on certain streaming apps.

Casualty is a popular medical drama that has been airing on the BBC since 1986.

The long-running show proved to be a huge hit with viewers and has aired a total of 35 seasons.

The show is set in the fictional Holby City Hospital and follows the lives of a team of young doctors and nurses as they dedicate themselves to treating patients.

Fans of the show can delve into the archives and watch old episodes on streaming service BritBox.

However, as the show first aired around 35 years ago, BritBox reviewers have found some scenes have become dated in contrast to modern day values and expectations of TV shows.

As a result, BritBox has now added content warnings to some old episodes of the drama, advising some scenes “may offend” due to racist language and attitudes.

Warnings have been added to “dozens” of old episodes of the show, as they show black characters being racially abused and warn of other scenes of a distressing nature.

The new cautions at the start of episodes tells viewers to be braced for potentially upsetting content which: “Contain emotional scenes and medical procedures.”

According to The Sun, one episode from 1986 has been branded racist, warning: “Contains emotional scenes and racist language and attitudes which may offend some viewers.”

A BritBox spokesman revealed: “We review and refresh BritBox’s programme catalogue on an ongoing basis.

“Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their era has 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.”

However, series writer Susan Wilkins said in a 2016 documentary that one of the aims of Casualty was to share an anti-racism message from when it first began airing.

This isn’t the first time BritBox has plastered a show with content warnings.

1990’s comedy series One Foot in The Grave was also recently given warnings on BritBox.

Also, viewers who want to watch Keeping Up Appearances on the streaming service will be greeted with alerts over jokes about immigrants and the gay community.

BritBox isn’t alone in tying warnings to programmes, as the BBC have also recently added similar alerts on BBC iPlayer.

The BBC catch-up service recently added a warning to an episode of The Royle Family, where Jim Royle refers to Changing Rooms’ Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen as a “nancy boy”.

Casualty has seen huge success over its 35 year run so far and has produced over 1,200 episodes.

The show is also known to have given a number of now A-List stars their first break in the acting world.

Previous stars on Casualty include Kiera Knightly, Kate Winslet and Tom Hiddleston.

Casualty is available to stream on Britbox.

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