Sir David Jason says modern comedy offends people

by Lynn Connolly

Sir David Jason, who of course starred in iconic comedy Only Fools and Horses, has slammed modern sitcoms and comedians for relying heavily on offensive jokes rather than good, old fashioned humour.

Sir David – who’s also starring in Christmas comedy, The Royal Bodyguard, and formerly starred in A Touch of Frost – told the Radio Times, “The trouble is now we have stand-up comedians who have forgotten about innuendo.

“In music hall days, and especially at the BBC, you were never allowed swear words so they came up with brilliant wheezes in Beyond Our Ken, The Goon Show and Round The Horne — ‘Hello, I’m Jules and this is my friend Sandy’.

“Everyone knew what it was about and the audience filled in the gaps.”

He also said that swearing has become too “commonplace” in our TV shows…

He added, “Today they push down the barriers. Take the F word. It’s become commonplace.

“Stephen Fry — I’m a great fan and think he’s clever — puts up a good argument for using all swear words as a rich part of our language.

“But he couldn’t persuade me. Language has implications and it’s offensive if it’s meant to denigrate something or someone.

“Only Fools had nothing unpleasant, really.”

He then added, “Take the adverts. I was watching SpongeBob, a favourite cartoon of ours, but suddenly a scent advert came on with this girl stripping off as she walks towards the camera.

“It’s done for mums but they forget a lot of girls are watching these powerful images.”

Sir David then discussed his role in The Royal Bodyguard, explaining that he plays the role of an ex-Guardsman who’s recently put in charge of Royal security…

However, he’s completely out of his depth because it turns out, he previously worked in the car park at Buckingham Palace!

Sir David said, “It’s a lovely piece of fun. OK, being an old fart, it’s for viewers who want something safe as well.

“The most important thing for me is I can sit back and watch it with my ten-year-old daughter Sophie without thinking, ‘Whoops, why did they say that? Oh, blimey’ — and then unable to get to the Off knob fast enough.

“I try to protect what she sees on television, but you can’t.”

And finally, Sir David said, “Comedy is a funny business, which you have to take seriously.”

Do you agree with Sir David that there’s too much offensive and risqué material in our comedies and from our comedians?

Let us know!

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.