Swearing and sex on TV such a family turn-off these days

SIR David Jason is right. Today’s TV is far too vulgar and inappropriate for family viewing.

I’d add cinema too. Years ago I’d roll my eyes at the celebrities moaning about the issue.

Luvvies biting the hand that once fed them, I thought. Hypocrites, considering all the unsuitable content they
actually appeared in.

Then I became a parent.

Suddenly I became acutely aware of the kind of thing too many TV and film-makers fail to consider.

Then I too became frustrated at their inability to make family content without sex or swear words.

I get it now when ex-soap stars no longer allow the shows that once paid their wages into their homes.

Coronation Street’s recent domestic abuse storyline featuring Geoff and Yasmeen, is one such example.

The show’s original trademark humour has been replaced over the years by a death count that has gone through the roof.

And EastEnders has moved over the years from sensitively handled issues like baby Hassan’s cot death and Arthur stealing the Christmas club money to stabbings, arson, rape and crack cocaine addiction.

Quite rightly, hundreds complained about the Pussycat Dolls’ crude performance on The X Factor in November that was somehow deemed suitable for family entertainment.

These days, as a parent, you’re better off with Strictly Come Dancing and The Greatest Dancer (even though I hate it).

Or recording a cookery show like MasterChef or Junior Bake Off or pre-vetting a Netflix movie if you want family entertainment.

Even with films, you can’t be too careful.

Six years ago, I took the kids to see the remake of the film Annie. It contained three expletives. Why? In a film as harmless as Annie.

Some of the informative reality TV shows like Rich House, Poor House, which brings together different sides of society, are also not immune from gratuitous bad language.

“We’ve got a lot of hard-hitting and rude, vulgar shows,” said Sir David.

“How can I sit there and watch it with my mother-in-law and my daughter? We switch over.”

Soon some families won’t even bother switching on.

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