DAVID JASON has spoken out, about a rule he had throughout the filming of ITV drama, A Touch of Frost. He let us all in on his secret rule during a recent discussion on the issue of “censorship” on TV.
Sir David, who had to celebrate his 80th birthday during the first coronavirus pandemic, back in February, has had a lengthy career in television. One of the roles David is most well-known for over the years (aside from Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter) is his role in A Touch of Frost, where he starred as DI Jack Frost for more than twenty years. However, the actor has recently opened up on one thing he “refused” to do during his time on set, when filming the ITV favourite.
The star is known primarily for his portrayal of Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter in Only Fools and Horses but has been part of the cast of many other successful and longstanding TV shows.
One such is A Touch of Frost, where he played the lead part of DI Jack Frost in, between 1992 and 2010.
Recently, Sir David spoke out on what he and his co-stars would never do during their time on the programme set.
In a recent interview, the TV veteran addressed the idea of censorship on-screen.
He recalled, “We had censorship when you couldn’t say certain things, you couldn’t show certain things because it was disrespectful or bad manners.”
“You needed to be clever with your dialogue in order to get around things – now you just say it and we are going further in a downward spiral.”
He went on to explain the problems that he felt could arise with the use of “bad language” which he believed to be used more and more commonly within shows in more recent times.
“Bad language is becoming more and more graphic and is supposed to be acceptable. If it’s a drama or a powerful story of everyday life, you’ve got to have everybody swearing their heads off.”
He continued to Bucks Free Press, “When we did Frost, we refused to swear in that.”
“Not one person in my entire time of playing the role ever came up to me and said, You know what, I didn’t enjoy that programme because you didn’t swear”.
“If the story is good enough, you don’t even notice that people are not swearing,” he added.
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