Classic episodes of Coronation Street have been given content warnings for containing language “from a bygone era”.
Some soap opera episodes archived on the joint BBC and ITV venture BritBox have been censured for 60-year-old scripts over fears viewers may find the content “offensive”.
One episode from 1968 featuring former characters Stan and Hilda Ogden sampling a Chinese meal and praising “foreign” food has been given a content warning by the streaming service.
Viewers are told: “Stan and Hilda’s Big Night Out. Stan takes Hilda to a Chinese restaurant, but she doesn’t quite get the meal she expected.
“With language from a bygone era which some viewers may find offensive.”
The language includes Stan, played by the late Bernard Youens, expressing his liking for “foreign tack”, namely “French, Eyetie, Kraut”.
After ordering food in the Chinese restaurant, he calls the waiter a “son of the Orient”, and suggests his dessert of rice pudding is “good for them”.
Stan and Hilda’s Big Night Out has been branded with a content warning along with a 1966 episode and another from 1978, which contain the deaths of major characters.
A spokesman for BritBox said: “Programming on the service that contains potentially sensitive language or attitudes of their era has carried appropriate warnings since our launch in 2019.”
The move follows other equally old productions being reviewed for their content, including Lawrence of Arabia, which Sky Cinema warned “has outdated attitudes, languages and cultural depictions which may cause offence today”.
Breakfast at Tiffany’s, The Goonies, Dumbo and Gone With The Wind were also deemed worthy of content warnings by Sky in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests in 2020.
Disney has also added its own warnings about films which contain “negative depictions and/or mistreatment of people or culture”.
These have so far included animated children’s films such as Aladdin and Lady and the Tramp.