TV show Desmonds racist say woke brigade despite being written by West Indian

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Telly comedy Desmond’s has been branded racist – even though it was created by a West Indian writer and featured a mainly black British cast.

The show – set in a barber's in Peckham, south London – became Channel 4's longest-running sitcom in terms of episodes with 71 instalments until it ended in 1994.

It was penned by Trix Worrell who appears on the website `100 Great Black Britons'.

The site states: "Through Desmond's Worrell was able to work through some of the complex issues which are important features of black migrant experiences in Britain that would make sense to both black and white audiences, and to show that black families experience the same joys and problems as white families.''

Trix, who hails from the island of St Lucia in the Caribbean, is a BAFTA nominee and British Comedy and Royal Television award winner.

An excerpt from Desmond's was used in the Opening Ceremony at the London 2012 Olympics.

But the show has been flagged up for "racial stereotyping" by streaming service BritBox.

Censors are poring through hours of classic Brit telly to find content that might offend snowflakes.

Bosses at BritBox – co-owned by the BBC and ITV – have so far slapped warnings on thousands of hours of classic telly.

Snowflakes have been told One Foot In The Grave contains "mild language", the shows of comic legend Tommy Cooper – famous for wearing a fez – contain `racial humour and imagery that may offend some viewers' and of Rising Damp BritBox says: "This classic comedy contains racist language that may offend.''

Gavin and Stacey and Absolutely Fabulous each contain offensive language.

Even national treasure Victoria Wood’s gentle comedy Dinnerladies has been hit with an `adult humour tag'.

Blackadder has been slapped with a trigger warning over comedy `torture' scenes.

Documentaries have also fallen victim to the content warning crew.

A programme about Guy Fawkes and the plot to blow up Parliament hosted by ex-Top Gear star Richard Hammond is said to contain `scenes of violence'.

And a documentary about US civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King by Sir Trevor McDonald `contains racially offensive language from the start and some images that may be distressing'.

Kids' TV also gets the content-warning treatment too.

Viewers are warned jerky 60s puppet show Captain Scarlet is violent and contains explosions and the use of guns.

BritBox had not responded to a request for comment on Monday.

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