Was it mere coincidence that several hours after the news broke that another ‘Islamic State’ hostage was apparently executed last Sunday ITV decided to pull its listed screening of ‘Carry On….Don’t Lose Your Head’, replacing it with another in that series, ‘Carry On Loving’?

Whilst ITV appear to have neither confirmed nor denied that this decision was based on events in the Middle East, it seems reasonable to surmise that this may well have been an attempt on behalf of a high-profile corporation to avoid causing ‘offence’, and thereby avoiding the need to feel the full force of tabloid fury and censure after eleven complaints are received from irate and morally outraged members of a Baptist church in Shrewsbury, Quentin Letts, and his dog ‘Whitehouse’. Who needs that kind of bad publicity?

Romperredes has learned that following the initial decision to pull the film, ITV had planned to screen ‘Carry On Up The Khyber’ by way of an alternative. That, too, was pulled following a call from Number 10 Downing Street who complained about the following excerpt from the film:

The Khasi of Kalabar: They will die the death of a thousand cuts!

Princess Jelhi: Oh, but that’s horrible

The Khasi of Kalabar: Not at all, my little desert flower. The British are used to cuts!