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28th Dec 2017

These were the most complained about shows on UK television in 2017

Amanda Holden's dress came in third

Alan Loughnane

Any surprises?

Ofcom are the communications watchdog in the UK, and are the first port of call for viewer complaints in Britain.

It may come as no surprise to some of you that Good Morning Britain, which has Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid as its hosts, attracted the most complaints during 2017.

As we reported earlier this year, Amanda Holden’s dress during a live show of Britain’s Got Talent received a huge number of complaints. However, Ofcom reviewed the episode and chose not to investigate the matter further. They said that Ms Holden’s choice of attire “would not have exceeded most viewers expectations”.

Other shows which received a large number of complaints included I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! on ITV which showed alleged bullying of contestant Iain Lee.

Below are the ten most complained about programs in the UK of 2017…

  1. Good Morning Britain, ITV, 5 September – 1,142 complaints
  2. Press Preview, Sky News, 20 June – 1,063 complaints
  3. Britain’s Got Talent, ITV, 1 June – 665 complaints over Amanda Holden’s dress
  4. Coronation Street, ITV, 27 October – 541 complaints were made over violent scenes
  5. Comic Relief 2017, BBC 1, 24 March – 339 complaints about swearing and sexual innuendo
  6. Emmerdale, ITV, 6 March – 275 complaints over prison scenes featuring violence and abuse
  7. I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! ITV, 7 December – 243 complaints were made over alleged bullying of Iain Lee
  8. This Morning, ITV, 13 November – 181 complaints about interviewee’s comments on transgender issues
  9. Good Morning Britain, ITV, 20 June – 176 complaints over interview with English Defence League co-founder Tommy Robinson
  10. Benidorm, ITV, 3 May – 137 complaints about comments made about a character with a cleft lip