Bo' Selecta!. Leigh Francis.

Bo' Selecta!

Channel 4 sketch show starring Leigh Francis. 33 episodes (4 series), 2002 - 2009. Stars Leigh Francis.

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Leigh Francis: the laugh excluder who cannot be stopped

The latest offering from Britain's least funny comedian is too much for Ed Cumming. In his latest column, he explores the bewildering truth of Francis' enduring career.

Ed Cumming, The Independent, 13th September 2021

Stop deleting our comedy shows

TV is now a battleground for society's culture wars. The new director of the BBC might axe left-wing comedy, but humour exposes what defines, unites and divides us, says the deputy editor of Index on Censorship.

Jemimah Steinfeld, The Independent, 3rd September 2020

Trisha Goddard says she thought racist abuse would end

When Bo' Selecta! comic Leigh Francis finally apologised for his portrayal of Trisha Goddard on the show, she hoped it would end the years of racist abuse she and her family have endured.

But instead, the presenter and talk show host was bombarded with vile trolling which left her telling her daughter Billie: "I'm sick of being black."

Dan Cain & Emily Fairbairn, The Sun, 5th July 2020

Trisha Goddard getting even more abuse over Bo' Selecta

Trisha Goddard has said that she is receiving even more abuse since Leigh Frances apologised for his Bo' Selecta! impression.

Rose Hill, The Mirror, 15th June 2020

Trisha's children were 'bullied' over Bo' Selecta!

TV presenter Trisha Goddard told BBC Newsnight about the impact a blackface impersonation in a comedy sketch had on her family. Last week, comedian Leigh Francis issued an emotional apology for having made himself up as black celebrities in the show Bo' Selecta!

BBC, 12th June 2020

Netflix censors comedy shows, solves police brutality

Apparently cancelling The League of Gentlemen and The Mighty Boosh was the key to solving racism all along.

Spiked, 11th June 2020

Why blackface is offensive: history of the racist trope

"The representation of black people as caricatures was part of a process of undermining their full humanity, which in turn served to justify unequal and degrading treatment".

Serina Sandhu, i Newspaper, 11th June 2020

Little Britain removed from streaming platforms

Hit BBC Three sketch show Little Britain has been removed from many streaming platforms, reportedly due to its use of cross-dressing and portrayals of ethnic minorities.

British Comedy Guide, 9th June 2020

Trisha Goddard: Leigh Francis emboldened casual racism

Trisha Goddard has said that Leigh Francis' use of blackface on Bo' Selecta "emboldened casual racism", while revealing that she has accepted his recent apology for the comedy sketches.

Adam White, The Independent, 9th June 2020

Bo' Selecta!'s blackface was always a problem

Bo' Selecta!'s blackface was always a problem - why is Leigh Francis only apologising now?

His Oprah loved fried chicken; his Trisha liked 'rice and peas'; his Craig David caused the singer pain. How did he get away with it?

Ed Power, The Telegraph, 5th June 2020