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Last Updated: Thursday, 30 December, 2004, 11:39 GMT
WI forces cuts to Little Britain
Matt Lucas (l) and David Walliams (r) as Judy and Maggie
Judy (l) and Maggie (r) star in the second series of Little Britain
Complaints by the Women's Institute have prompted the BBC to make changes to hit comedy show Little Britain.

The complaints centred on a sketch featuring middle class ladies Judy and Maggie, who appeared under a logo akin to that of the Women's Institute.

Judy and Maggie are portrayed as homophobic racists, who are physically sick at the mention of a person who is neither white or heterosexual.

The BBC said it had not intended to "cause any offence" to the WI.

Following the show's broadcast on BBC Three, a complaint had been filed by the WI demanding the logo be removed.

At the time of the complaint Little Britain was being re-edited for mainstream transmission on BBC One in December 2004.

"We were contacted by the National Federation of Women's Institutes regarding an episode of Little Britain," a BBC spokesman said.

"As we were editing the show, it was easy enough to amend the relevant part of the programme so that there is no mention of the Women's Institute."

Matt Lucas (l) and David Walliams
Little Britain won three awards at the British Comedy Awards

References have now been changed to the imaginary 'Women's Association'.

The NFWI has 220,000 members in the UK and states its ideals as "truth, justice, tolerance and fellowship".

"The WI exists to educate women to enable them to provide an effective role in the community, to expand their horizons and to develop and pass on important skills," the website said.

Little Britain recently triumphed at the British Comedy Awards, winning best TV comedy and best TV comedy actors for creators Matt Lucas and David Walliams.

A record 1.8m viewers tuned into the cult comedy on BBC Three, which is now in its second season, while the show has drawn an estimated six million viewers on BBC One.

The WI were currently unavailable for comment.

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