Friday, October 12, 2007

Has House of Cards had a few lines cut?

Great to see House of Cards again on the box (BBC4) this week - but I had an odd feeling watching last night's concluding episode that the Roger O'Neill death scene in a service station toilet off the M27 had been cut.

My memory may be playing tricks on me, but in the original I seem to recall O'Neill staggering about for a while with a rather surprised look on his face after the mixture of coke and rat poison disappeared up his nose. Has good old Auntie decided that such scenes are now unsuitable for adult viewing, even on a digital channel after the 9 o'clock watershed?

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1 comment:

David Gladwin said...

Very likely, Paul. To paraphrase Frankie Goes to Hollywood, we are living in a land where sex and horror are pretty much off the menu, really.

Television shows now warn us in advance about "strong language" (as opposed to what? Weak language?) and films carry frankly ridiculous warning lists of all the terrible things that we or our children might see. You know the sort of thing: "contains brief nudity and sexual innuendo," or - my very favourite so far:

"Contains mild peril."

In case you were wondering, this wasn't in connection with The Tale of Sir Galahad from Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Although perhaps it should have been.