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Head calls for Little Britain ban
David Walliams in Little Britain
Parents have been asked for help in respecting the TV watershed
A head teacher has asked parents to ban children from watching TV comedy Little Britain, after sketches from the show were repeated in the playground.

Lynne Hargreaves, head of the primary school in Kent, said in a newsletter: "Discussions heard are not ones we feel should enter our school culture."

She asked parents at Hildenborough Primary to help respect the watershed.

But parents said it was up to them what their little Britons watched and a line should be drawn at the school gate.

The head's newsletter read: "I have had staff up in arms, not only because they felt the content of last night's viewing was close to the edge, but also because a number of children watched this after the watershed and were full of it.

I keep the remote control handy for really saucy bits
Mark Richardson, parents

"I know it is difficult. Even the merchandise is geared to children, but it is one more thing that does not help us maintain the standards we know you both expect and welcome from us."

Last month, children named Little Britain as second favourite TV comedy in a Radio Times poll.

Little Britain is released on video and DVD with a 15 rating due to "moderate language and comic sex references".

Star David Walliams said the series was "not meant" for children "but it's great that they love it".

Matt Lucas in Little Britain
Pupils' discussions about the TV comedy are being discouraged

Radio Times estimated that Little Britain drew 280,000 viewers aged 10 to 15.

A BBC spokeswoman said: "Little Britain is scheduled after the 9pm watershed as the programme is aimed at an adult audience.

"After 9pm, parents and carers have to decide what they think is appropriate viewing for their individual household."

Mr Richardson, whose eight-year-old daughter is a pupil at the school in Tonbridge, said: "If certain parents don't think their children should watch certain programmes or read certain books then so be it - but that is the parents' responsibility at home.

"I think Little Britain is just so over the top and so funny that, although it is aimed at adults, there are some slapstick elements which don't go over an eight-year-old's head.

"I keep the remote control handy for really saucy bits.

"There has to be a line drawn, and the line for me is at the school gate unless there are any laws being broken, when maybe schools should get involved."

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