Mr Bean survives but Young Ones tapes to be deleted.
British comedy has long been regarded as the world's finest. From Hancock's Half Hour in the 60s, through Fawlty Towers in the 70s, Only Fools and Horses in the 80s, and The Vicar on Dibley in the 90s, British comedy has sold around the world and has given pleasure to millions. But not for much longer if Barmy Brussels has its way.
In the latest demand from Europe, British comedy producers must fall into line with their european counterparts and stop producing world class comedy.
"It's rediculous," said a Rick Wright from Hot Trick, one of the UK's most successful independent production companies. "We don't even know what 'european comedy' is. We tried Googling it, but we can't find anything. This is simply just petty jealousy from Europe because they can't produce anything funny."
Hanz Heinz from the Directorate-General for Education and Culture in Brussels disagrees that it is all about envy. "Ve haf worked very hard for many years to ensure zat the European community offers a level playink field for member states. But ze Brrritish hav a monopoly ven it comes to all things funny und other countrrries in the union are beink left behind."
Comedy set to be axed includes; The Young Ones, Gimme Gimme Gimme, The Royale Family and, surprisingly, Fawlty Towers. Tapes of all these shows will be deleted and anyone found watching copies will be liable for a hefty fine.
Mr Bean and Last of the Summer Wine will escape the ruling as these shows are deemed to be twee and insipid enough to fit in with standard european comedy fare.
Websites will also face closure if they are too funny. Newsbiscuit is likely to fall foul of the new ruling and will need to go offshore if it is to survive in its current format.