The return of “Gavin and Stacey” after nearly 10 years was a big hit on Christmas Day for the BBC.
It drew some blowback from U.K. viewers over the use of a homophobic slur in a song lyric.
The performance of the Pogues’ Christmas chestnut “Fairytale of New York.”
The song that dates to 1987 has for decades been one of the most popular Christmas tunes in the U.K.
The line that has been modified in some recent cover versions: “You scumbag, you maggot, you cheap lousy f—–.”
” ‘Fairytale of New York’ is a very popular, much-loved Christmas song played widely throughout the festive season, and the lyrics are well established with the audience,”
Ruth Jones' statement (who co-created the series with James Corden)
“It is a different climate. But we have to remain true to the characters, to who they were. Characters in Gavin & Stacey are kind and big-hearted, I believe. So I think no one is going to be intentionally hurtful. But by the same token, they’re not necessarily going to be completely politically correct or be aware of political correctness.”