Too much sex and swearing on TV, says David Jason – Daily TV round-up


David Jason has hit out at the amount of swearing, violence and sex on the TV.

The 71-year-old 'Only Fools and Horses' star says that he's often shocked by the images shown, and that he has to 'protect' his 10-year-old daughter from what's broadcast pre-watershed.

“Take the adverts - I was watching SpongeBob, a favourite cartoon of ours, but suddenly a scent advert came on with this girl stripping off as she walks towards the camera,” he said. “It's done for mums but they forget a lot of girls are watching these powerful images.
“There wasn't much on telly the other night so with Sophie and her friend we watched 'Laurel and Hardy', made in the 1930s, and these kids laughed like drains.

“That's humour - doing what funny people have done since comedy began without being edgy and pushing boundaries.

David Jason, who is best known for his role as Del Boy, also criticised the amount of swearing on TV: “Today they push down barriers. Take the 'f' word. It's become commonplace. Language has implications and it's offensive if it's meant to denigrate something or someone. 'Only Fools' had nothing unpleasant, really.”

Jason is set to appear on BBC1 over Christmas starring in 'The Royal Bodyguard', a role he says attracted him because it was 'safe' for family viewing. [Radio Times]

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