Comic Relief's 'unfunny' Red Nose Day gets 150 complaints to Ofcom

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More than 150 people have complained to TV Watchdog Ofcom over Comic Relief's Red Nose Day.

The latest telethon for charity came under fire this year with viewers variously branding the show 'unfunny', 'disgusting' and 'dreadful'.


There have been complaints over some of the language used and one particular sketch that prompted objections saw Vic Reeves apparently flash a fake penis from under a kilt while chatting to Susanna Reid.

A spokesperson for Ofcom said: “We have received 151 complaints about Comic Relief 2017 on the BBC. We will assess these complaints before deciding whether or not to investigate.”

Viewers on Twitter firmly gave the telethon a thumbs down.

"The worst Red Nose Day I've ever watched. Not one funny sketch and two different 'comedians' swearing before watershed. Disgusting," one wrote.

Another remarked: "So Reeves and Mortimer exposing a fake penis to Susanna Reid, talking weird and making her uncomfortable is supposed to be funny?"

An average audience of 6.3 million viewers watched the main show on Friday evening, down almost 2 million viewers on the previous show in 2015 and over 3 million below the 2013 figure.

The biennial event in fact dropped to its lowest ratings since at least the 90s, where over 8 million were tuning in.

At 10PM, the show switched to BBC Two where just 2.1 million viewers stuck with it.


Highlights from the telethon included Take That hitting the road with James Corden in Carpool Karaoke, a much awaited Love Actually mini sequel and music performances from stars including Ed Sheeran.

Despite the poor viewing numbers and complaints, donations during the show plus those from other Red Nose Day events across the country still managed to raise £71 million for good causes in the UK and the rest of the world.

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