Love Island and the coverage of King Charles’ Coronation contained the most complained about TV moments of the year so far, according to new analysis.
The ITV2 dating programme amassed 4,333 Ofcom complaints across its two series which aired in 2023. The most complained about episode was ‘Movie Night’, which aired on 9 July, and showed the alleged bullying of contestant Scott van der Sluis by the other islanders.
The TV regulator received 957 complaints about the episode. And a further 913 complaints were made over Mitch Taylor's alleged bullying of Abi Moores during the Love Island ‘Grafties’ episode on 25 July.
Meanwhile, the analysis carried out by online casino site Casino Alpha showed that King Charles III: The Coronation was the most complained about TV feature – with a whopping 8,389 complaints. The majority of the complaints were over comments made by Adjoa Andoh during coverage of the historic event.
The actress, who plays Lady Danbury in hit Netflix show Bridgerton, observed how the Buckingham Palace balcony was "terribly white" during a live appearance on ITV.
"We have gone from the rich diversity of the Abbey to a terribly white balcony," Adjoa said to presenters Tom Bradby and Julie Etchingham.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4 the day after the Coronation, she said: "I think I upset a few people yesterday.
"I was talking about the day and how marvellous it was and then looking at the balcony at the end and suddenly going: 'Oh it's so white!' because the day had been so mixed and I didn't mean to upset anybody."
The Jeremy Vine Show, Naked Education and Britain’s Got Talent were also among the most complained about shows according to the analysis of Ofcom Audience Complaint data between January and August 2023.
More than 2,000 people complained about a single episode of Channel 5’s The Jeremy Vine Show, which aired on 13 March, in which the host and his guests were said to have made several inaccurate comments during a debate over junior doctor pay increases.
Channel 4’s Naked Education, hosted by Anna Richardson and Love Island’s Dr Alex George, came under fire in April this year almost 1,500 viewers felt it was inappropriate to show naked adult bodies to teenagers as part of the show – which aimed to promote ‘body positivity’.
Britain’s Got Talent totalled 728 Ofcom complaints – with 394 following an episode that aired on 16 April, in which stuntman Thomas Vu attempted to solve a Rubik’s Cube in front of the judges whilst set on fire.
The one-off satirical mockumentary, Gregg Wallace: The British Miracle Meat, also failed to impress some viewers.
The show followed food presenter Greg Wallace as he toured a fake food factory in Lincolnshire that claimed to produce lab-grown meat from human flesh. However, many viewers felt it was offensive and in poor taste – with Ofcom receiving 801 complaints about it.
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