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The most complained about TV shows of 2023

As we reflect on the year in television, 2023 has been a roller-coaster of high emotions and heated debates. From incendiary comments on live broadcasts to contentious interviews, the small screen has not shied away from controversy.

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This list compiles the top ten TV shows that sparked the most viewer complaints to TV watchdog Ofcom.

1. Dan Wootton Tonight – 8,867 complaints

Laurence Fox’s remarks against journalist Ava Evans, considered misogynistic by many, led to a significant number of viewer complaints.

 

2. King Charles III: The Coronation – 8,421 complaints

Adjoa Andoh’s comments on the live show, critiquing the “terribly white” appearance of the Royal Family on Buckingham Palace’s balcony, attracted a substantial volume of complaints.

 

3. Good Morning Britain – 2,391 complaints

The program was criticised for the presenter’s pointed questioning of MP Layla Moran regarding the Middle East, prompting Ofcom’s review.

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4. Jeremy Vine – 2,302 complaints

This episode drew viewer complaints for its segment on junior doctors’ pay and career progression, with Ofcom examining its factual accuracy.

 

5. Breakfast with Kay Burley – 1,880 complaints

Kay Burley’s interview technique, especially during a discussion with Israeli spokesperson Eylon Levy, led to numerous audience complaints.

 

6. Lee Anderson’s Real World – 1,697 complaints

The show faced criticism for an interview between Lee Anderson and Suella Braverman, both Conservative MPs, raising concerns about bias.

 

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7. Breakfast with Kay Burley – 1,640 complaints

Another episode of the show stirred controversy, with viewers accusing Kay Burley of misrepresenting the Palestinian ambassador’s comments.

 

8. Naked Education – 1,285 complaints

The show’s inclusion of pre-watershed nudity led to complaints, although Ofcom noted its educational purpose and prior audience warnings.

 

9. This Morning – 1,092 complaints

Comments made by Vanessa Feltz on coeliac disease triggered a significant number of viewer complaints.

 

10. Love Island – 992 complaints

Complaints about Love Island this year predominantly focused on the alleged bullying of contestant Scott, with Ofcom referencing the show’s format and the expected dynamics in relationships.

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Also check out our list of the most watched TV shows of 2023.

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