‘Big Brother’ and ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ named 2014’s most complained about TV shows

'The X Factor', 'Benefits Street' and 'EastEnders' also feature in Ofcom's Top Ten

Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother were the two most complained about TV shows of 2014, broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has revealed.

The regular version of Channel 5’s long-running reality show attracted some 3,784 complaints this year, while the celebrity edition racked up 1,874 complaints.

The lion’s share of complaints about Big Brother related to outspoken contestant Helen Wood, who branded herself “hotter than a steaming pile of s**t” upon entering the house, while most of the Celebrity Big Brother complaints were caused by actor Gary Busey’s unusual behaviour and fondness for walking around with his clothes off.

The third most complained about programme was Cutting Edge: Going to the Dogs, Channel 4’s documentary about the growing popularity of dog-fighting in inner cites, which attracted 1,805 complaints in relation to percieved animal cruelty.

Channel 4’s controversial documentary Benefits Street placed fourth with 967 complaints, while popular soaps Coronation Street, EastEnders and Emmerdale all feature in the Top Ten – as does The X Factor.

The Top Ten most complained about TV shows of 2014 according to Ofcom:

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 – 205 complaints
10. Channel 4 News – 193 complaints