'Little Britain' has been removed from Netflix, BritBox and the BBC's iPlayer over concerns about racism. The British sketch sitcom uses blackface in a number of characters.

'Little Britain' aired between 2003 and 2008, followed by a number of one-off specials in the years since.

The show turned its leads and writers Matt Lucas and David Walliams into stars.

Netflix confirmed to THR that the show has been pulled from the service. 'Come Fly With Me', which was also created by Lucas and Walliams, has also been removed.

They did not offer comments for the reason for the shows' removal.

A spokesperson for BBC said: "There’s a lot of historical programming available on BBC iPlayer, which we regularly review.

"Times have changed since 'Little Britain' first aired, so it is not currently available on BBC iPlayer."

'Little Britain' has also faced controversy over its depiction of the transgender and disabled communities.

Lucas and Walliams have both previously expressed regret over their portrayal of a number of characters in the show.

The news comes in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and the apology from a number of high profile celebrities for their use of blackface including talk show host Jimmy Fallon and Leigh Francis, best-known for 'Bo Selecta''.