M and W uncut for Christmas Dec 29, 2018 22:45:12 GMT
Post by paul carney on Dec 29, 2018 22:45:12 GMT
Paul there was an audience then that would have been offended.The programme was broadcast across the entire UK and people living on the eastern side of the Republic could easily pick up the BBC signal.I can see your point about the use of the word "offended" after so much time, but it was an emotional response to an issue which still causes problems to this day.
I also have an Irish grandmother and links to family in Galway. You might be right that it was misjudged at the time. However, that was fifty years ago and we can all look back at it with the benefit of our knowledge of history and our knowledge of television. The very fact that we can now see this programme means that we can have this debate about it. But there is little point in being offended by it now and regardless of the IRA mention, it's still a funny piece of television. It certainly isn't entirely the mis-step that some think it is. But my main point is that it was made for the audience then, not the audience now. However, we can still laugh at it, or shake our fists at it depending on how you feel about it. But don't be offended by it.