The 100 Most Complained About Programmes Of The Year

The Ofcom brigade have been out in force again this year and the TV watchdog have released a list of the programmes that attracted the most viewer complaints in the year 2011. Although for some reason the much-hyped EastEnders baby-swap storyline doesn’t appear on the list published in the Guardian, seen below.

Matthew Wright (left) managed to top the list after he made jokes while discussing the murder of teenager Liam Aitchison, while Jason Gardiner swept Dancing On Ice into second place with his criticism of war hero Johnson Beharry. The recent Jeremy Clarkson publicity storm put The One Show in third, Gardiner’s comments on chromosonal deficiency meant that DOI took fourth spot and the ‘Mexican’ episode of Top Gear was the sixth most complained about show.

The Joy of Teen Sex featured in the top 10 twice as viewers believed it had exploited youngsters and Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror was in there simply for being too offensive in every way. Meanwhile Danny Kelly attracted 140 complaints for calling Rafael Benitez a ‘nonce’ and over a hundred complained about factual inaccuracies in C4’s Killing Fields documentary.

Some of the show’s further down the list make interesting viewing though. I mean who complains about the Grand National?

1. The Wright Stuff, C5, Tuesday 6th December 2011, 2,200 complaints
2. Dancing On Ice, ITV1, Sunday 6th February 2011, 784
3. The One Show, BBC One, Wednesday, 30 November, 2011, 763
4. Dancing On Ice, ITV1, Sunday, 23 January 2011, 253
5. Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields, C4, Tuesday, 14 June 2011, 176
6. Top Gear, BBC One, Sunday, 30 January 2011, 175
7. The Joy of Teen Sex, C4, Wednesday, 2 February 2011, 164
8. Black Mirror – The National Anthem, C4, Sunday, 4 December, 2011, 145
9. Danny Kelly, Talksport, Saturday, 8 January 2011, 140
10. The Joy of Teen Sex, C4, Wednesday, 19 January 2011, 126

11. The X Factor, ITV1, Saturday, 22 October 2011, 114
12. X Factor Results Show, ITV1 London Sunday, 23 October, 2011 112
13. Newsnight, BBC 2 Friday, 12 August, 2011 104
14. Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1 London Saturday, 4 June, 2011 95
15. The One Show, BBC 1 Friday, 16 September, 2011 94
16. The X Factor, ITV1 London Saturday, 20 August, 2011 94
17. The Joy of Teen Sex, Channel 4 Wednesday, 9 February, 2011 90
18. Have I Got News for You, BBC 1 Friday, 3 June, 2011 89
19. The X Factor, ITV1 London Saturday, 12 November, 2011 88

20. Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5 Thursday, 25 August, 2011 85
21. Football: Wolverhampton Wanderers v Liverpool, SS2 Saturday, 22 January, 85
22. Torchwood: Miracle Day, BBC 1 Thursday, 25 August, 2011 80
23. Coronation Street, ITV1 London Monday, 3 January, 2011 70
24. Aviva Sponsorship of Downton Abbey, ITV1 Sunday, 18 September, 2011 69
25. The Wright Stuff, Five Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 68
26. The X Factor, ITV1 Sunday, 13 November, 2011 65
27. Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, Channel 4 Tuesday, 25 January, 2011 64
28. X Factor Results Show, ITV1 London Sunday, 6 November, 2011 63
29. A Very Dangerous Doctor, Channel 4 Thursday, 12 May, 2011 59

30. Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1 London Saturday, 14 May, 2011 59
31. Dancing on Ice, ITV1 London Sunday, 30 January, 2011 54
32. X Factor, ITV1 Sunday, 18 September, 2011 54
33. Sportscene: Scottish Cup Final, BBC 1 Scotland Saturday, 21 May, 2011 50
34. Emmerdale, ITV1 London Tuesday, 7 June, 2011 48
35. Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, Channel 4 Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 46
36. Geordie Shore, MTV Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 46
37. Candy Bar Girls (trailer), Channel 5 Saturday, 18 June, 2011 43
38. The Joy of Teen Sex, Channel 4 Wednesday, 26 January, 2011 41
39. The BRIT Awards 2011, ITV1 London Tuesday, 15 February, 2011 40

40. Live Football Special, Sky Sports 2 Saturday, 2 April, 2011 39
41. Go Greek for a Week, Channel 4 Monday, 7 November, 2011 38
42. Nihal, BBC Asian Network Tuesday, 1 February, 2011 38
43. Press Preview, Sky News Wednesday, 6 April, 2011 38
44. This Morning, ITV1 London Friday, 18 February, 2011 37
45. Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, Channel 4 Tuesday, 18 January, 2011 36
46. Comic Relief 2011, BBC 1 Friday, 18 March, 2011 36
47. That Sunday Night Show, ITV1 London Sunday, 13 February, 2011 36
48. The X Factor, ITV1 London Saturday, 5 November, 2011 35
49. My Child’s Not Perfect, ITV1 London Tuesday, 6 December, 2011 34

50. Russell Howard’s Good News, BBC 3 Thursday, 31 March, 2011 34
51. The Promise, Channel 4 Sunday, 27 February, 2011 33
52. Emmerdale, ITV1 London Thursday, 6 January, 2011 31
53. Lorraine, ITV1 London Wednesday, 11 May, 2011 30
54. The X Factor Results Show, ITV1 London Sunday, 4 December, 2011 30
55. Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1 London Saturday, 7 May, 2011 28
56. The Joy of Teen Sex, Channel 4 Thursday, 27 October, 2011 28
57. Sky News, Sky News Friday, 21 October, 2011 27
58. Candy Bar Girls (trailer), Channel 5 Sunday, 19 June, 2011 26
59. I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!, ITV1 London Friday, 25 November, 2011 23

60. The Wright Stuff, Channel 5 Tuesday, 4 October, 2011 23
61. Dancing on Ice, ITV1 London Sunday, 6 March, 2011 22
62. Dispatches: Lessons in Hate and Violence, Channel 4 Monday, 14 February, 2011 22
63. Richard Keys and Andy Gray, Talksport Tuesday, 29 March, 2011 22
64. Strictly Come Dancing, BBC 1 Saturday, 29 October, 2011 21
65. Super Tiny Animals, ITV1 London Wednesday, 30 November, 2011 20
66. The Shadow Line, BBC 2 Thursday, 12 May, 2011 20
67. The X Factor, ITV1 London Saturday, 15 October, 2011 20
68. Coronation Street, ITV1 London Friday, 29 April, 2011 19
69. ITV News, ITV1 Friday, 21 October, 2011 19

70. Life’s Too Short, BBC 2 Thursday, 24 November, 2011 19
71. The X Factor, ITV1 London Saturday, 29 October, 2011 19
72. BBC News, BBC1 Thursday, 20 October, 2011 18
73. Debate Night, Ummah Channel Sunday, 4 September, 2011 18
74. Emmerdale, ITV1 London Thursday, 1 December, 2011 18
75. Saturday Kitchen, BBC 1 Saturday, 9 April, 2011 18
76. The 50 Funniest Moments 2010, Channel 4 Friday, 21 January, 2011 18
77. Ant and Dec’s Push the Button, ITV1 London Saturday, 19 March, 2011 17
78. Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, Channel 5 Thursday, 3 November, 2011 17
79. Boulton & Co, Sky News Tuesday, 25 October, 2011 17

80. Strictly Come Dancing, BBC 1 Saturday, 12 November, 2011 17
81. The Xtra Factor, ITV2 Saturday, 29 October, 2011 17
82. Ant and Dec’s Push the Button, ITV1 London Saturday, 5 March, 2011 16
83. Britain’s Got Talent, ITV1 London Tuesday, 31 May, 2011 16
84. Come Fly with Me, BBC 1 Thursday, 6 January, 2011 16
85. Coronation Street, ITV1 London Friday, 14 October, 2011 15
86. This Morning, ITV1 London Wednesday, 19 January, 2011 15
87. This Morning, ITV1 London Thursday, 27 January, 2011 15
88. X Factor Results Show, ITV1 London Sunday, 27 November, 2011 15
89. Big Brother’s Bit on the Side, Channel 5 Friday, 11 November, 2011 14

90. Comic Relief 2011 (Jimmy Carr), BBC 1 Friday, 18 March, 2011 14
91. How Drugs Work, BBC 3 Thursday, 6 January, 2011 14
92. Saturday Kitchen, BBC 1 Saturday, 25 June, 2011 14
93. Sky News Sky News Tuesday, 9 August, 2011 14
94. The FA Cup Final ITV1 London Saturday, 14 May, 2011 14
95. The X Factor Results Show ITV1 London Sunday, 9 October, 2011 14
96. Tool Academy E4 Tuesday, 15 November, 2011 14
97. X Factor Results Show ITV1 London Sunday, 20 November, 2011 14
98. Campus Channel 4 Tuesday, 5 April, 2011 13
99. Embarrassing Bodies Channel 4 Wednesday, 15 June, 2011 13
100. Rastamouse CBeebies Monday, 31 January, 2011 13

101. Sunday Morning Live BBC 1 Sunday, 24 July, 2011 13
102. Sunrise Sky News Friday, 21 October, 2011 13
103. Super Scoreboard Radio Clyde 2 Friday, 8 April, 2011 13
104. Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die BBC 2 Monday, 13 June, 2011 13
105. The Grand National BBC1 Saturday, 9 April, 2011 13

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