I've watched Top Gear (UK) for all its 21 seasons. Recently, season 22 started airing and I managed to catch the first episode. What surprised me is that it is rated as TV-MA and they have explicit language. I've always heard the F-word and the four letter S-word get bleeped in Top Gear in the past, when either the presenters or the guests said it, but this time there is no bleeping or blurring. While I am quite happy that there is no censorship, I am surprised that such language is allowed on UK TV. Why is that so?
And more generally, can TV shows in UK air profanity like that? I am only familiar with the television censorship in US and here on network TV, you can hardly swear. On cable TV you can swear some more, and say things like s**t etc. On premium cable like HBO, all bets are off. How about across the pond? What can you and can't you say on BBC?