Harry Enfield and Paul Whitehouse have reunited after eight years to make Harry and Paul, a sketch show with a completely new gallery of characters and, as Media Watch Watch notes, the post-watershed comedy has already fallen afoul of religious sensibilities.
First of all is the news that two of the characters – an unnamed Muslim hoodie and a paedophile Catholic priest – were scrapped on the instructions of executives at the Tiger Aspect production company. According to Enfield: I was told, Dont even go there.
Separately, the Philippines government has written to the BBC to complain about a sketch in which a character attempts to mate a northerner with a Filipino maid. You can see the sketch below and its quite clear that the racist attitude of Enfields character is the butt of the joke – but who needs irony when theyre being sensitive?