CHEWIN’ the Fat would be too offensive to put on TV nowadays, the show’s creator has said.
Ford Kieran told in an interview how the more risque characters from his hit BBC comedy would not be allowed on air in the current climate.
Speaking to the Open Goal podcast, Kiernan said: “A lot of the stuff on Chewin’ The Fat you couldn’t get away with now.
“The likes of Karen pulling her skirt up I don’t think you could do. Somebody wrote in at the time and said ‘As funny as the nation thought that sketch was, would that sketch work if it was two wee lassies at the van and it was a man?’
“Me and Greg went, ‘No it wouldn’t be as funny’.’ So the point was made,
‘Don’t write any more sketches like that.’ So we didn’t.”
The star, who went on to feature in the spin-off hit Still Game with his co-creator Greg Hemphill, told how the manufacturers of the voiceboxes used in sketches about a family of chain-smokers were shocked to find out their devices were being played for laughs.
He added: “I think they thought we were making a health advert. When they found out, they wrote back and said, ‘We don’t like this at all.’”
Admitting that he and Greg “got away with murder” when the show first launched in 1999, he reckoned characters like the sex-obsessed Auld Betty probably would not make the cut for a comedy sketch show made in 2021.
Ford also put to bed hopes Still Game would return to screens after its final episode in 2019.
He said: “Never in a million years. It’s done.”