Sir David Jason: Modern comedy is too offensive

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 December 2011
David Jason

David Jason

'Only Fools and Horses' actor Sir David Jason thinks there's too much swearing in today's TV comedies and insists it's not needed

Sir David Jason thinks there's too much swearing in today's TV comedies.

The 71-year-old actor - who is famed for playing Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter in 'Only Fools and Horses' - isn't a fan of the expletives used nowadays in order to get the audience to laugh and he tries to protect his 10-year-old daughter Sophie from watching inappropriate shows.

He told Radio Times magazine: "The most important thing for me is that I can sit back and watch it with my 10-year-old daughter Sophie, without thinking, 'Whoops, 'off' knob fast enough. I try to protect what she sees on television, but you can't.

"The trouble now is we have stand-up comedians who have forgotten about innuendo. In music hall days, and especially at the BBC, you were never allowed swearwords, so they came up with brilliant wheezes in 'Beyond Our Ken', 'The Goon Show' and 'Round The Horne' - 'Hello, I'm Julian and this is my friend Sandy.' Everyone knew what it was about and the audience filled in the gaps."

David says people have tried to persuade him that swearwords can have a place in TV shows, but he will never be convinced.

He added: "Today they push down 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 swearwords 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."

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