Still from The Empress of China
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China's censorship of period drama cleavage provokes outrage

12 January 2015 Last updated at 23:57 GMT

China's most popular television drama has been re-edited to get rid of the plunging necklines featured in the show.

It has provoked a large amount of public outrage, something which is fairly rare in China.

Many viewers have argued that the costumes in The Empress of China are an authentic representation of ancient Tang dynasty dress.

John Sudworth reports from Shanghai.