'Little Britain' has been removed from the BBC iPlayer.

Matt Lucas and David Walliams

Matt Lucas and David Walliams

The sketch comedy series - starring Matt Lucas and David Walliams - features some episodes where the actors don blackface and, in light of recent Black Lives Matter protests around the world, the BBC has decided to remove the show entirely from its online catalogue.

A spokesman for the BBC told MailOnline: "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."

BritBox, the streaming service from ITV and the BBC, has also removed the show, along with Walliams and Lucas' other programme 'Come Fly With Me'.

A spokesperson for BritBox explained: "Times have changed since 'Little Britain' first aired, so it is not currently available on BritBox. 'Come Fly With Me' has not been available on the service for six months."

In addition, both shows have been removed from online streaming service Netflix.

Meanwhile, Matt, 46, previously admitted he was ashamed of some of his previous sketches, including those which included blackface.

He said in 2017: "If I could go back and do 'Little Britain' again, I wouldn't make those jokes about transvestites. I wouldn't play black characters.

"Basically, I wouldn't make that show now. It would upset people. We made a more cruel kind of comedy than I'd do now.

"Society has moved on a lot since then and my own views have evolved. There was no bad intent there - the only thing you could accuse us of was greed. We just wanted to show off about what a diverse bunch of people we could play."