I remember it being shown on BBC TWO in the 2000's and they did leave the drawing scene in. But of course all of the swearing was removed, though I think Fabrizio's "b*stardo!" near the end was left in.
e watershed I seem to recall. There will have been more than a few edits but how on earth did they get round the drawing scene, given how central it is to the plot?
3 or 4 years RTE showed it at lunchtime on Christmas day unedited
My guess, it was RTE, they just took the DVD and bunged it on air to fill three and a half hours and never bothered to edit it.
More to do with the fact that they take a more sensible view of a movie and it's contents and whether as in this case any nudity is of a non sexual nature which is allowed even in Britain to be shown at any time of the day , hence Channel 4's Life classes a few years ago , and wouldn't even try show a movie like Beverly Hills cop in an unsuitable slot by editing it .
Probably also helps their regulator isn't as mad as Ofcom in responding to one single complaint
Doctor Who has done poorly in the Christmas night ratings lately. They are hoping New Year's Day will attract large viewers who feel after Boxing Day, festive programming is poor. Sherlock always did well on New Year's Day. This will free up early evening Christmas Day for something different for BBC One.
Lately BBC One Christmas Night have been very formulaic. Dr Who, Strictly, Call the Midwife, Eastenders and Mrs Brown's Boys. You could predict each year this line up. Maybe 2018 will see a change.
7pm on New Years Day a better slot than 5pm on Christmas Day. Is there a Sherlock this year?
It leaves a hole on Christmas Day though. It's all very well shaking up the familiar schedule but they've removed one of the few Christmas Day traditions that's for the kids. It'll be interesting to see what, if anything, they've got lined up to replace it.