Ofcom probes Monty Python swearing

The Monty Python team got together for a series of live dates at the O2 Arena.

The Monty Python team got together for a series of live dates at the O2 Arena

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Communications watchdog Ofcom is investigating after bad language was broadcast in Monty Python's farewell show before the watershed, even though dozens of fans complained that most of the swearing was cut.

Many of the complaints about the broadcast, which went out before the watershed on Gold on July 20, objected to "cuts" and "censorship" after some of the swearing was cut out of the programme b ut the censors missed some of the most controversial language.

An Ofcom spokesman said: " After receiving complaints about the broadcast of the most offensive language before the watershed, Ofcom is investigating a live performance of Monty Python on Gold."

The remaining members of the cult comedy act - John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones - got back together in London for a string of gigs at the O2 Arena, which included several near-the-knuckle routines and swearing.

The Ofcom spokesman added: "All our licensees are required to comply with our broadcasting rules, which make clear that the most offensive language cannot be shown on television before the watershed.

"As a post-transmission regulator, we are not involved in editorial decision-making and can only investigate programmes or take action against any channel after a programme's broadcast."

Monty Python's Flying Circus was made for TV between 1969 and 1974 and generations of fans can recite lines and whole sketches. The comedy troupe also made a string of hit films including Life Of Brian and The Meaning Of Life.

Sixth Python Graham Chapman died of cancer in 1989, aged 48.

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1:42pm Mon 18 Aug 14

H2o-hara says...

Hopefully performers are realizing that swearing on air or stage is not just a bad example to viewers but was a fad that is nowadays way too old that nobody sees if funny anymore . Gordon Ramsey take heed !
Hopefully performers are realizing that swearing on air or stage is not just a bad example to viewers but was a fad that is nowadays way too old that nobody sees if funny anymore . Gordon Ramsey take heed ! H2o-hara
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4:04pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

H2o-hara wrote:
Hopefully performers are realizing that swearing on air or stage is not just a bad example to viewers but was a fad that is nowadays way too old that nobody sees if funny anymore . Gordon Ramsey take heed !
Please tell me I'm just having a bad day and missed the joke in that comment
[quote][p][bold]H2o-hara[/bold] wrote: Hopefully performers are realizing that swearing on air or stage is not just a bad example to viewers but was a fad that is nowadays way too old that nobody sees if funny anymore . Gordon Ramsey take heed ![/p][/quote]Please tell me I'm just having a bad day and missed the joke in that comment Richy don't shine shoes no more
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5:26pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Devils Advocate says...

It's part of modern society now. They cannot think of anything intelligent to say so pour out a load of deeply offensive language. Sadly, the modern moron understands this to be humour. The bad language was banned as being offensive shortly after 1066. Somewhat dates the jokes wouldn't you say?
It's part of modern society now. They cannot think of anything intelligent to say so pour out a load of deeply offensive language. Sadly, the modern moron understands this to be humour. The bad language was banned as being offensive shortly after 1066. Somewhat dates the jokes wouldn't you say? Devils Advocate
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8:05pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Richy don't shine shoes no more says...

Devils Advocate wrote:
It's part of modern society now. They cannot think of anything intelligent to say so pour out a load of deeply offensive language. Sadly, the modern moron understands this to be humour. The bad language was banned as being offensive shortly after 1066. Somewhat dates the jokes wouldn't you say?
No, somewhat dates the ban.

Calling Monty Python unintelligent just doesn't warrant a response. And I think the fact that most people who complained was about the censorship not the one word that got through speaks volumes
[quote][p][bold]Devils Advocate[/bold] wrote: It's part of modern society now. They cannot think of anything intelligent to say so pour out a load of deeply offensive language. Sadly, the modern moron understands this to be humour. The bad language was banned as being offensive shortly after 1066. Somewhat dates the jokes wouldn't you say?[/p][/quote]No, somewhat dates the ban. Calling Monty Python unintelligent just doesn't warrant a response. And I think the fact that most people who complained was about the censorship not the one word that got through speaks volumes Richy don't shine shoes no more
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