Rising Damp star Don Warrington defends classic sitcom

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Rising Damp was starring Don Warrington. (Alamy)

Rising Damp Don Warrington, star of the sitcom, has spoken out against its use racial slurs.

The series, which ran from 1974 to 1978, featured Phillip, played by Warrington.

Talk to the Daily Telegraph, Warrington rejected the idea that the show should be edited for modern audiences: “No, because the show’s intentions were good.

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“Sometimes it is necessary to be generous to gain a true view of things. And to understand that sometimes people were naïve in what they did.”

RISING DAMP, from left: Richard Beckinsale, Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, 1974-1978

Richard Beckinsale (Leonard Rossiter), and Don Warrington (Rising Damp). (Alamy)

He stated that the show was not cynical to him. And because you had such fine actors involved, the standard of work was just so great.”

Rising Damp featured racial slurs and ignorant comments with the show’s lead Rupert Rigsby — played by Leonard Rossiter — shown to be a bigoted man, particularly towards Philip.

Warrington also praises the show for its portrayal of black people: “A lot of black people still say to me that their parents would call them down from their bedrooms whenever it was on, because of the way it showed a black man on TV who was not being put down or abused.”

l-r: Leonard Rossiter (Rooksby), Don Warrington (Philip Smith) in THE BANANA BOX by Eric Chappell at the Hampstead Theatre Club, London NW3  17/05/1973      design: Adrian Vaux   lighting: Joe Davis   director: David Scase

Don Warrington, Leonard Rossiter in Rising Damp. (Alamy)

In recent years, many older comedy shows were removed from streaming services or edited.

Episode of The Germans Fawlty Towers The show’s use racial slurs led to the show being removed from UKTV streaming.

FAWLTY TOWERS, (from left): Prunella Scales, John Cleese, Ballard Berkeley, 'Communication Problems (aka Theft), (Season 2, ep.

Prunella scales, John Cleese and Ballard Berkeley, Fawlty Towers. (Alamy)

Creators of series John Cleese Criticised the decision saying: “We weren’t supporting his views, but we were making fun.” What can they say if they don’t see it?

Later, the episode was restored with a warning.

Some other shows include Little Britain Bo Selecta and others were also removed from streaming because of their offensive content.

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