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Big Brother most complained about TV show of the year

Big Brother was the most complained about show of the year, according to figures released by the broadcasting watchdog Ofcom.

The reality show received 3,784 complaints, mainly about the behaviour of its eventual winner Helen Wood and her treatment of housemates.

Celebrity Big Brother was in second place with 1,874 complaints, many of those about Hollywood actor Gary Busey.

Soaps Emmerdale, Coronation Street and EastEnders, also feature in the top 10.

The majority of complaints about Coronation Street related to a kiss between characters Todd and Marcus.

While most of the complaints about EastEnders were about the storyline where Linda Carter, the Queen Vic landlady, was raped.

The BBC defended the storyline as part of the soap’s “rich history” of portraying difficult storylines.

In third place was Channel 4 documentary Cutting Edge: Going to the Dogs. It received 1,805 complaints about animal cruelty and endorsing criminal behaviour.

Another Channel 4 documentary series, Benefits Street, received 967 complaints about the representation of those on benefits, endorsing criminal behaviour and the welfare of children

X Factor was the sixth most complained about TV show of 2014, with 360 various complaints over content and voting.

A Sky News report which saw Colin Brazier going through the belongings of victims of the MH17 air disaster in Ukraine was also in the top 10.

205 people complained about the broadcast, for which the reporter apologised.

  1. Big Brother – Channel 5 – 3,784 complaints
  2. Celebrity Big Brother – Channel 5 – 1,874 complaints
  3. Cutting Edge: Going to the Dogs – Channel 4 – 1,805 complaints
  4. Benefits Street – Channel 4 – 967 complaints
  5. Coronation Street – ITV – 367 complaints
  6. The X Factor – ITV – 360 complaints
  7. EastEnders – BBC 1 – 316 complaints
  8. Emmerdale – ITV – 243 complaints
  9. Sky News (20/07/14) – 205 complaints
  10. Channel 4 News – 193 complaints

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