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‘Blackadder’ Fans Fume As Iconic Episode Is Hit With ‘Warning’ Message

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Blackadder fans have been left fuming as an iconic episode from the hit show now has a ‘warning’ message at the beginning of it.

The series two final, which originally aired in 1986, and is titled ‘Chains,’ sees Edmund Blackadder, played by Rowan Atkinson, and Lord Melchett, played by Stephen Fry, held to ransom by Prince Ludwig.

It has previously been described as one of the funniest episodes by fans. However, it now begins with a message which reads: “Some strong language, some upsetting scenes.”

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A warning message now appears at the beginning of a Blackadder episode. Credit: BBC via YouTube.

According to the Daily Star, one fan has hit back at this, writing: “Woke brigade strikes again!”

Over on Twitter, some people claimed the BBC is ‘killing comedy’.

“BBC seems to have lost its sense of humour,” wrote one person.

Another added: “I heard there was a warning today for a repeat of a Blackadder episode. Dad’s Army.. maybe in a year or two it will be banned, or just quietly disappear. Think I’ll buy it on DVD while I still can. This is depressing.”

Other shows which also now have warning messages include The Royle Family, which originally aired in 1998.

However, despite the criticism it has received, the broadcaster has insisted previously that ‘just because some people aren’t offended, it doesn’t mean others aren’t’.

Earlier this year, a statement was issued to Mail Online which read: “We want classic shows and series on BBC iPlayer.

“Attitudes and language change over time and our approach, just like other streaming services, is to tell viewers when a show includes something that may be offensive, inappropriate or outdated and because some people aren’t offended, it doesn’t mean that others aren’t.”

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