Controversial UK TV Shows

A list of some UK made television programmes, which drew complaints and debate. I'm trying to create the ultimate list; if you see a missing programme that should be included, leave a message.

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* Live autopsy
* My Foetus
* Dancing with the Devil (Black Metal documentary)
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* The Secret Agent (2004)
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1.
1984 (1956)
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George Orwell's novel of a totalitarian future society in which a man whose daily work is rewriting history tries to rebel by falling in love. (90 mins.)
“ Controversial for showing scenes of torture in a teatime slot and for being disturbing. ” - ninjaalexs
 
2.
The Black and White Minstrel Show (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Sing-along variety show with black-face performers. (45 mins.)
“ This outdated musical performance show featured white people "blacking up" to perform song and dance numbers. The programme was dropped in 1976, due to a cut in the light entertainment budget, but times have changed; it is unthinkable that a programme like this would be broadcast today. ” - ninjaalexs
 
3.
Coronation Street (1960 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
The UK's longest-running TV soap, Coronation Street focuses on the everyday lives of working class people in Manchester, England. (30 mins.)
“ This is included for some controversial storylines: the rape of Leanne Batersby, shown pre-watershed and the hammer murderer. ” - ninjaalexs
 
4.
The War Game (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The War Game is a fictional, worst-case-scenario docu-drama about nuclear war and its aftermath in and around a typical English city... (48 mins.)
Director: Peter Watkins
“ The BBC said that "the effect of the film has been judged by the BBC to be too horrifying for the medium of broadcasting"

Remained unshown in full on British television until 1985. It is available on DVD, for those that missed it. ” - ninjaalexs
 
5.
Till Death Us Do Part (1965 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A working-class Cockney bigot with a biased and expirienced opinion of everything shares them bluntly and almost carelessly. (40 mins.)
“ This sitcom received many complaints over character, Alf Garnett's liberal use of racial language. The programme also received complaints for other swearwords used. ” - ninjaalexs
 
6.
Big Breadwinner Hog (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The rise of a vicious young thief, Hog, to the top of the London criminal fraternity (60 mins.)
“ Some brutal violence offended some viewers when it was first broadcast. ” - ninjaalexs
 
7.
The Benny Hill Show (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A skit based show with Benny Hill, often containing smutty humour. (30 mins.)
“ This world famous comedy sketch show received complaints for sexism and racial stereotyping. It rarely gets broadcast on UK TV any more. ” - ninjaalexs
 
8.
Curry & Chips (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ This Spike Milligan sitcom vehicle was criticised for its racial stereotyping. ” - ninjaalexs
 
9.
On the Buses (1969 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Jack-the-lad bus driver and conductor Stan and Jack enjoy the female employees more than their work and Inspector Blake is relentless in his attempts to make their lives a misery. (30 mins.)
“ In recent years this series has gained some criticism for alleged sexism and racial language. ” - ninjaalexs
 
10.
Love Thy Neighbour (1972 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A white, working-class, socialist has his world turned upside down when a black, educated, Tory moves in next door. (30 mins.)
“ This sitcom received complaints for racist language and racial stereotyping. ” - ninjaalexs
 
11.
It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The comic adventures of a group of misfits who form an extremely bad concert party touring the hot and steamy jungles of Burma entertaining the troops during World War II. (30 mins.)
“ Condemned as racist, homophobic and imperialistic by the BBC. It is never repeated on UK TV these days. ” - ninjaalexs
 
12.
I, Claudius (1976 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers. (669 mins.)
“ This BBC drama was the "Rome" of its day. Some TV critics and viewers complained about the sex and violence featured. ” - ninjaalexs
 
13.
Mind Your Language (1977 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Barry Evans plays a put-upon language teacher who tries to make a living by teaching English to immigrants... (30 mins.)
“ This sitcom was criticised for its use of racial and national stereotypes. ” - ninjaalexs
 
14.
Scum (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
This is the hard and shocking story of life in a British borstal for young offenders. Luckily the regime has changed since this TV film was made... (75 mins.)
Director: Alan Clarke
“ This violent drama was banned by the BBC. It was remade for cinema and became a cult classic. ” - ninjaalexs
 
15.
Apaches (1977 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A group of children play at being "Apaches" on an English farm, ignoring all safety precautions. One by one they die a variety of gruesome deaths. (27 mins.)
Director: John Mackenzie
“ This public information film featured some disturbing violence that upset some viewers. I think it hasn't been shown on TV since the 80s. ” - ninjaalexs
 
16.
The Animals Film (1981 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The film offers a comprehensive examination of the exploitation of animals in modern society. (136 mins.)
“ Graphic images of animal testing and slaughter garnered complaints. Shown as part of Channel 4's 1991 Banned Season. ” - ninjaalexs
 
17.
Brookside (1982 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The everyday life and times of the residents, friends and enemies who live in a suburban street in the city of Liverpool in the north of England. (30 mins.)
“ This soap was controversial for many reasons: strong language before the watershed, first lesbian kiss in a primetime slot, violence etc. ” - ninjaalexs
 
18.
Mini Pops (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
Director: Mike Mansfield
“ This show had children imitating adult pop stars. It made for bizarre viewing. ” - ninjaalexs
 
19.
One in Five (1983 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Magazine style program for and about homosexual people, with entertainment interviews and features.
Director: Ken Howard
“ This early Channel 4 gay-themed magazine show got complaints before it was broadcast for its frank discussion of homosexuality. ” - ninjaalexs
 
20.
Threads (1984 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Documentary-style account of a nuclear holocaust and its effect on the working class city of Sheffield, England, and the eventual long-term effects of nuclear war on civilization. (112 mins.)
Director: Mick Jackson
“ This nuclear war drama contained many shocking scenes that disturbed some viewers. ” - ninjaalexs
 
21.
Panorama (1953 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Long-running factual programme reporting on all aspects of life in Britain. (40 mins.)
“ This episode claimed that several Conservative MPs had links to far-right organisations.

"Two of the MPs named, Neil Hamilton and Gerald Howarth, sued the BBC for slander. In 1986 after the BBC withdrew from the case Hamilton was awarded £20,000 damages" ” - ninjaalexs
 
22.
Spitting Image (1984 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A satire show using puppets that are charicatures of major public figures. (25 mins.)
“ This puppet show drew a lot of complaints for blasphemy with a sketch of God calling Yellow Pages. The grotesque representations of politicians also upset some grotesque politicians. ” - ninjaalexs
 
23.
Which Side Are You On? (1985 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(53 mins.)
Director: Ken Loach
“ Ken Loach's documentary on miner's strikes was banned due to impartiality. ” - ninjaalexs
 
24.
The Singing Detective (1986 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations. (415 mins.)
“ Dennis Potter's excellent drama was heavily criticised for its sex scenes, swearing and some disturbing scenes. ” - ninjaalexs
 
25.
Brimstone and Treacle (1987 TV Movie)
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The Bates sadly care for their severely disabled daughter Pattie. Martin arrives at their door claiming to be her college friend. He charms them into accepting him as a lodger and carer for Pattie. But Martin is not all he seems. (87 mins.)
Director: Barry Davis
“ Another controversial Dennis Potter adaptation. The film version was shown as part of Channel 4's 1991 Banned season. ” - ninjaalexs
 
26.
Secret Society (1987 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.4/10 X  
A politically charged mini-series researched and written by Duncan Campbell which saw dramatic Special Branch raids on BBC Scotland...
“ "The government demanded that the programme on Zircon be shelved, on the grounds of national security, and the BBC complied. A second episode, titled Cabinet, was also held back." ” - ninjaalexs
 
27.
V. (1987 Documentary)
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Visualisation of Tony Harrison's poem "v.". v. is about the multiple meanings of the letter - victory... (40 mins.)
Director: Richard Eyre
“ This controversial poem drew complaints for its very strong language. I think it was one of the programmes that lead to Channel 4 being nicknamed "Channel Swore". ” - ninjaalexs
 
28.
This Week (1956 TV Series)
Episode: Death on the Rock (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
SAS execute 3 unarmed IRA Volunteers in Gibraltar. Witnesses discuss the British Military cover up.
“ An investigation into the shooting of 3 IRA members in Gibraltar; caused complaints as it could influence the inquiry. ” - ninjaalexs
 
29.
Dick: A Film by Jo Menell (1989 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Photographs of many flaccid male organs are flashed on the screen to the accompaniment of women's voices describing their opinions or experiences of them. (13 mins.)
Director: Jo Menell, B. Moel
“ This short American documentary was axed from Channel 4's 1991 Banned season. ” - ninjaalexs
 
30.
Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1989 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Jessica's extraordinarily strong will and heart enables her to rebel against her fanatical, cult-like upbringing... (165 mins.)
“ This BAFTA nominated drama was controversial for depicting lesbianism and its portrayal of the Elim Pentecostal faith. ” - ninjaalexs
 
31.
Blackeyes (1989 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Blackeyes is an attempt to explore "what does go on between men and women in their heads, to show the... (196 mins.)
“ Another controversial Dennis Potter series. This one received complaints for scenes of sex and domestic violence. It never received the acclaim of some of his other work. It also remains unreleased on DVD and VHS in the UK. ” - ninjaalexs
 
32.
The Word (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
The show that pushed forward the boundries of youth TV, always coming close to going too far. (60 mins.)
“ This mainly received complaints for bad taste in the "Hopefuls" segment. It had a person bathing in manure and a young man French kissing a pensioner. Some TV critics said it represented a cultural lowpoint, if only they knew what was to follow. ” - ninjaalexs
 
33.
Heil Honey I'm Home! (1990 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
In Berlin, 1938, Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun have a love-hate relationship with their Jewish neighbours in this bizarre spoof of 'fifties American sitcoms. (30 mins.)
“ This ill-informed sitcom featured Hitler as the lead character; no surprise it got complaints. Only one of the seven episodes were broadcast. ” - ninjaalexs
 
34.
The Pall Bearer's Revue (1992 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ Jerry Sadowitz is no stranger to controversy. This BBC show attracted lots of complaints for: strong language and offensive humour. The TV series has not been broadcast since by the BBC. ” - ninjaalexs
 
35.
Ghostwatch (1992 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The BBC gives over a whole evening to an 'investigation into the supernatural'. Four respected presenters... (91 mins.)
Director: Lesley Manning
“ This mockumentary had some viewers complain they suffered trauma because they saw a "live ghost". It has not been broadcast on terrestrial TV since, but has been released on DVD with a 12 certificate. ” - ninjaalexs
 
36.
A Time to Dance (1992 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A 50 something English Banker falls for and has an affair with a teenage Irish waif from the wrong side of the tracks causing him grief at work and at home. (180 mins.)
“ This BBC series received complaints for broadcasting a rape scene before the 9pm watershed. ” - ninjaalexs
 
37.
The Camomile Lawn (1992 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1939, young Oliver, Calypso, Polly and Walter visit friends and family in Cornwall. Spanish Civil War is over and WW2 has begun, so they enjoy their love life while they can. Decades later, they gather again, this time for a funereal. (258 mins.)
“ This period drama received complaints for strong language and its sex scenes. ” - ninjaalexs
 
38.
Damned in the U.S.A. (1992 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A documentary about censorship in America. (68 mins.)
Director: Paul Yule
“ This US\UK production caused some controversy due to its "obscene" content. It was also subject to a legal case. ” - ninjaalexs
 
39.
“ Julian Clary's joke about "fisting Norman Lamont" caused many complaints and newspaper articles to be written. It's hard to see what the fuss was about these days. ” - ninjaalexs
 
40.
Hookers Hustlers Pimps and Their Johns (1993 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An exploration of New York's prostitution scene in the early 90s. (75 mins.)
Director: Beeban Kidron
“ A film from the "Red Light Zone" season. Controversial for featuring real-life prostitutes and some sex scenes. ” - ninjaalexs
 
41.
The Buddha of Suburbia (1993 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Karim's mother is English and his father is Indian. Therefore Karim has some problems with life in British... (222 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ This excellently scripted drama series due complaints for its sex scenes, notably a scene of group sex. ” - ninjaalexs
 
42.
Eurotrash (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A 30-minute magazine-format programme in English. Despite being a big budget show it was surreal and had a deliberate low budget feel. (30 mins.)
Director: Luke Campbell
“ This silly comedy programme drew complaints for its sexual content and bad taste humour. ” - ninjaalexs
 
43.
Cardiac Arrest (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Comedy set in and around a hospital, where the newly qualified Dr Andrew Collin is thrown into a world that is totally beyond him. (30 mins.)
“ The series was controversial due to its cynical depiction of doctors, nurses, and the National Health Service. ” - ninjaalexs
 
44.
Hell's Angel (1994 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Christopher Hitchens investigates whether Mother Teresa of Calcutta deserves her saintly image. He probes her campaigns against contraception and foeticide and her questionable relationships with wealthy religious and political leaders. (25 mins.)
Director: Jenny Morgan
“ This insightful documentary provoked debate because it heavily criticised the holier than thou, Mother Teresa. ” - ninjaalexs
 
45.
Viva Tabatha (1995 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A profile of France's most successful adult movie star Tabatha Cash. (27 mins.)
Director: Inge Blackman
“ This documentary was shown as part of Channel 4's controversial "Red Light Zone" season. ” - ninjaalexs
 
46.
Scarborough Ahoy! (1995 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(33 mins.)
Director: Tania Díez
“ Another from the Red Light Zone season. ” - ninjaalexs
 
47.
TFI Friday (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Comedy, guest interviews and live bands in the studio, from a bar in London's riverside studios. (74 mins.)
“ This live music and chat show received complaints mainly for strong language being broadcast before the watershed. The two most famous celebrities swearers are: Shaun Ryder and Ewan MacGregor. Channel 4 decided to ban Shaun Ryder appearing on any Channel 4 programmes after two sweary outbursts. The ban seems to have been lifted. ” - ninjaalexs
 
48.
The Girlie Show (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Tacky late-night show. (60 mins.)
Director: Luke Campbell
“ This post-pub magazine show received complaints for swearing, sexual discussions and the glamorisation of "ladette" culture. The main complaint seemed to be that it represented a television low-point. ” - ninjaalexs
 
49.
This Life (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A series following the lives of Miles, Milly, Warren, Egg and Anna, five young professionals. (45 mins.)
“ The drug use, homosexuality and sex scenes all drew complaints. Some critics complained about the constant roving camera movements. ” - ninjaalexs
 
50.
Fetishes (1996 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Masochism, rubber, corporal punishment, wrestling, and infantilism are all examined into detail as a documentary crew visits a bondage house and its mistresses in upstate New York. (84 mins.)
Director: Nick Broomfield
“ Nick Broomfield's documentary on fetishes was bound to offend. I think it was shown on TV in a shorter, censored version (than the later DVD release). ” - ninjaalexs
 
51.
Brass Eye (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Controversal spoof of current-affairs TV and the role of celebrity in the UK. (25 mins.)
“ The special is one of the most complained about UK programmes ever. The other episodes generated controversy as well. ” - ninjaalexs
 
52.
Teletubbies (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
In this television show for babies, the four colourful Teletubbies coo and play in idyllic Teletubbyland... (28 mins.)
Director: David Hiller
“ This kids show got complaints for: featuring a supposedly gay character. Some parents questioned whether the programme has any educational value. ” - ninjaalexs
 
53.
TV Offal (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Comedian Victor Lewis-Smith presents an alternative view of the world. Archive and news footage are re-dubbed with new commentaries... (30 mins.)
“ This poor taste, but excellently written comedy programme caused controversy for its bad taste jokes. One section called "honest obituaries" created an offensive obituary of a living celebrity, this remains one of the most contested parts. ” - ninjaalexs
 
54.
So Graham Norton (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Outrageous late-night talk show with celebrity guests, shocking audience confessions and bizarre internet sites. (50 mins.)
“ Graham Norton's Channel 4 show received weekly complaints for its sexual humour. The format of the show was migrated to BBC 1 in a more sanitized version. ” - ninjaalexs
 
55.
Sex and Shopping (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
“ This was one of Channel 5's (now Five) controversial programmes. The channel got accused of showing salacious programmes to gain viewers. ” - ninjaalexs
 
56.
Something for the Weekend (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
“ This entertainment show was a sort of successor to "The Word" and "The Girlie Show" - frank sexual discussions drew complaints. ” - ninjaalexs
 
57.
Queer as Folk (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A controversial Drama which chronicles the lives of Stuart and Vince, and also 15 year old Nathan who is in love with Stuart. (48 mins.)
“ This gay-themed drama received a lot of controversy due to graphic, homosexual sex scenes. It's now considered ground breaking. ” - ninjaalexs
 
58.
Naked Jungle (2000 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Action-oriented game show for nudists. (60 mins.)
“ Full frontal nudity caused complaints in this naturist version of "The Crystal Maze". ” - ninjaalexs
 
59.
Jam (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
A surreal, ambient mix of bleak comedy sketches. (24 mins.)
“ This dark comedy sketch show received complaints for its disturbing nature. It has been imitated many times since by other sketch shows. ” - ninjaalexs
 
60.
Big Brother: UK (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.3/10 X  
Big brother is a television show made in the UK, where contestants take part in a challenge to see who will last the longest in the Big brother house, The winner will take home a large cash prize while the losers take home nothing. (60 mins.)
Director: Simon Hepworth
“ This ground breaking snoozefest had many column inches written about it, for various reasons. The first complaints came when an unedited version was broadcast on E4 in the daytime and multiple swearwords were uttered.
Other criticisms included: the promotion of non-talented people into celebrity stardom, nudity and being broadcast too many times in a day. ” - ninjaalexs
 
61.
Tipping the Velvet (2002 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Set in the 1890's, tells the lesbian love affair between male impersonator music hall star Kitty Butler and Nan Astley. (177 mins.)
“ This period-drama received some press for its reportedly, explicit lesbian sex scenes. The drama looks quite tame now. ” - ninjaalexs
 
62.
Footballers' Wives (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Drama focusing on the players at Earls Park Football Club as well as the lives of their wives and girlfriends. (49 mins.)
“ Frequent sex scenes offended some. ” - ninjaalexs
 
63.
Dick and Dom in da Bungalow (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Messy children's gameshow with Richard McCourt and Dominic Wood (or Dick and Dom as they are commonly known). (120 mins.)
Director: Simon Hepworth
“ This children's comedy entertainment show drew complaints from both MPs and parent, due to its heavy use of innuendo. Innuendo included "make Dick sick" and "morning wood". ” - ninjaalexs
 
64.
Top Gear (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
The hosts talk about everything car-related. From new cars to how they're fueled, this show has it all. (60 mins.)
“ Recent episodes of the show have been accused of having racist and xenophobic comments being made by the presenters. ” - ninjaalexs
 
65.
Beijing Swings (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Art critic Waldemar Januzczak explores Beijing's controversial and challenging modern art scene. (49 mins.)
Director: Martin Herring
“ This documentary featured a Chinese artist eating a dead baby in some photographs. If you look beyond the sensationalism its actually a really good documentary. ” - ninjaalexs
 
66.
Little Britain (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Matt Lucas and David Walliams, the creators of this character-comedy sketch show, delight in all that is mad, bad, quirky and generally bonkers about the people and places of Britain. (29 mins.)
“ A lot of the controversy was hype. Main complaints were for: poor taste humour (vomiting, fake nudity etc) and the stereotyping of homosexual people. Some also found the Thai bride character, Ting Tong to be a crass stereotype. ” - ninjaalexs
 
67.
Derren Brown Plays Russian Roulette Live (2003 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
(60 mins.)
“ A show in which a man plays Russian Roulette live on TV was bound to generate complaints. ” - ninjaalexs
 
68.
Pleasureland (2003 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The story of Joanna, a 14-year-old girl who feels pressured by her peers to lose her virginity. The story... (90 mins.)
Director: Brian Percival
“ This excellent drama received similar complaints to the later "Skins" TV show for its sex scenes, strong language and drug taking scenes, mainly featuring teenagers. ” - ninjaalexs
 
69.
Nighty Night (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
While telling her husband he's dying, Jill sets her sights on the next door neighbour, Don. And torments his wife, who suffers from MS. (30 mins.)
“ This dark comedy series received complaints for its second series due to some poor taste humour using a Christmas dinner. ” - ninjaalexs
 
70.
Animal Passions (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A British documentary on zoophilia presenting various personal, religious, psychological, and sociological views on the phenomenon of sexual relations between humans and other animals. (49 mins.)
“ This strange documentary gained complaints for its discussion of "animal love". ” - ninjaalexs
 
71.
Edge of the City (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Documentary looking at the work of Bradford Social Services and some of the people in Bradford who are struggling to cope in their lives. (95 mins.)
Director: Anna Hall
“ This documentary was shelved due to right wing groups using one report to promote their parties. Some critics said it was biased in its treatment of Asian people. The documentary was only broadcast once, I think. ” - ninjaalexs
 
72.
Derren Brown: Séance (2004 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The master of illusion hosts a one-off special which assembles 12 members of the public to re-create a traditional séance. (70 mins.)
Director: Stefan Stuckert
“ Many viewers believed they were witnessing a real seance and not an illusion. ” - ninjaalexs
 
73.
Live 8 (2005 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
20 years on from their Live Aid triumph, Bob Geldof and Midge Ure recruit the world's music superstars once again to perform live and put pressure on Western governments to help Africa and Make Poverty History. (480 mins.)
“ Pre-watershed swearing drew over 200 complaints. ” - ninjaalexs
 
74.
Popetown (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
(24 mins.)
“ As fair as I now this animated sitcom was unbroadcast due to the Catholic church taking offence to its depiction of the pope. It was later released on DVD with a 15 certificate. ” - ninjaalexs
 
75.
Jerry Springer: The Opera (2005 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A TV presentation of the successful London stage show. A fully operatic production very loosely based on the 'Jerry Springer' TV show. (120 mins.)
Director: Peter Orton
“ This television broadcast of a live opera attracted complaints for its frequent, use of very strong language and mocking of Christianity. The opera attracted protests from Christian groups. Later released on DVD with an 18 certificate. ” - ninjaalexs
 
76.
Root of All Evil? (2006 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Richard Dawkins' highly critical documentary attacks the pulsing heart of all mainstream religion- faith; with special focus on Islam... (90 mins.)
Director: Russell Barnes
“ This documentary spoke out against religion; as a result caused offence to many religious groups, mainly Christian ones. ” - ninjaalexs
 
77.
Death of a President (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Years after the assassination of President George W. Bush in Chicago, an investigative documentary examines that as-yet-unsolved crime. (97 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Range
“ This American\UK co-production was bound to cause offence - it recreated a fictional assassination of George W Bush. ” - ninjaalexs
 
78.
Tricks from the Bible (2006 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Magicians Barry Jones and Stuart MacLeod turn their attention to stories from the Old Testament, and perform illusions based on some of the mystical feats recorded in the text. (65 mins.)
Director: Simon Dinsell
“ Magicians performing stage tricks inspired by the bible such as: turning water into wine, it gained complaints on the grounds of blasphemy. ” - ninjaalexs
 
79.
How to Look Good Naked (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Meet Gok Wan, stylist to the stars, the man with the magical know-how. (24 mins.)
“ Drew some complaints for showing full frontal nudity before the 9pm watershed. ” - ninjaalexs
 
80.
A Girl's Guide to 21st Century Sex (2006 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
(45 mins.)
“ This Channel 5 educational programme; was the first to show explicit real sex on UK TV, and get away with it. ” - ninjaalexs
 
81.
Skins (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
The story of a group of British teens who are trying to grow up and find love and happiness despite questionable parenting and teachers who more want to be friends (and lovers) rather than authority figures. (46 mins.)
“ Received many complaints for: swearing, drug use, sex scenes etc. ” - ninjaalexs
 
82.
Secret Diary of a Call Girl (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Based on the popular diary of the anonymous sex worker known only as Belle de Jour. (30 mins.)
“ This series gained complaints from Mediawatch and a few others for its prostitution theme and sexual scenes. ” - ninjaalexs
 
83.
The Great Global Warming Swindle (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Everything you've ever been told about Global Warming is probably untrue. This film blows the whistle on the biggest swindle in modern history... (74 mins.)
Director: Martin Durkin
“ This was dismissed by some as being propaganda. ” - ninjaalexs
 
84.
Dispatches (1987 TV Series)
Episode: Undercover Mosque (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Investigative journalist, Bobby Pathak, has investigated a number of mosques run by high profile national...
“ Criticised as being biased and anti-islamic. ” - ninjaalexs
 
85.
The Alternative Christmas Message (2008 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
(10 mins.)
“ A Christmas message from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad caused offence due to the appropriateness of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as speaker. His speech was mainly on religion which further offended some people. ” - ninjaalexs
 
86.
The Sex Education Show (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Anna Richardson and a team of experts visit various secondary schools in the UK in an attempt to educate teenagers about sex in relation to their consumption of pornography. (49 mins.)
“ This educational programme drew complaints from both parents and the press for constant nudity and frank sexual discussions. One series drew controversy when it was broadcast before the watershed (9pm). ” - ninjaalexs
 
87.
Horizon (1964 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Horizon is BBC Two's flagship 50-minute science documentary series. In September 2004 it celebrated... (50 mins.)
“ This science documentary featured a controversial subject matter and started a press debate. ” - ninjaalexs
 
88.
Cutting Edge (1990 TV Series)
Episode: My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A look at the lives of gypsy travelers as they prepare for a wedding.
Director: Rhonda Evans
“ Attracted some complaints for its portrayal of Gypsy\traveller communities. ” - ninjaalexs
 
89.
Frankie Boyle's Tramadol Nights (2010 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Frankie Boyle delivers a mix of stand-up and sketches in an uncompromisingly controversial fashion.
“ Frankie Boyle's mix of stand-up and sketches attracted complaints for: strong language and tasteless humour. ” - ninjaalexs
 
90.
The Joy of Teen Sex (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
With the help of experienced professionals,volunteered teens discuss matters of their sex life,resolving problems & learn the latest ways to improve...
Director: Emma Peach
“ One of Channel 4's many shows that got complaints for nudity and sex references. ” - ninjaalexs
 
91.
Rastamouse (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Rastamouse is a British animated stop motion children's TV series created by Genevieve Webster and Michael... (11 mins.)
“ Rather bizarrely this children's show got complaints for the stereotyping of Jamaican people. The use of Patois and slang was also questioned by some parents. ” - ninjaalexs
 
92.
Appropriate Adult (2011 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Dramatisation of the case of serial killers Fred and Rose West, focusing on the way in which they were brought to justice. (69 mins.)
“ This drama about serial killer, Fred West received complaints for its depictions of real-life crime. ” - ninjaalexs
 
93.
My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Explores the lives and traditions of several Irish Traveller families as they prepare to unite their families in marriage.
“ The spin-off from the Cutting edge episode was controversial for the same reasons. ” - ninjaalexs
 
94.
Gypsy Blood (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Gypsy Blood examines the culture that Gypsy and Traveller fathers hand on to their children, which many non-gypsy view as overly violent, exploring its impact on two fathers and their young sons. (72 mins.)
Director: Leo Maguire
“ This documentary was criticized for its violence, some said it enforced stereotypes of the gypsy community. The documentary had more than 500 complaints to the television regulator Ofcom. ” - ninjaalexs
 
95.
The Undateables (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Documentary series about disability and dating. (60 mins.)
“ Some critics said the title is negative in relation to disabled people. Some said the programme was exploitative. ” - ninjaalexs
 
96.
Islam: The Untold Story (2012 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Tom Holland is searching for the birth place of Islam. Needless to say it's not where we usually believe it is. (74 mins.)
“ Received nearly 550 complaints to both the television regulator Ofcom and Channel 4 itself. Most complaints were for its questionable accuracy. ” - ninjaalexs
 
97.
Utopia (2013 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
After a group of people, who meet online, discover a bizarre graphic novel which seems to hold mysterious answers, they find themselves being tracked down by a merciless organization known merely as 'The Network'. (50 mins.)
“ Series 2 received complaints for it's portrayal of the assassination of Airey Neave. Series 1 was controversial for featuring a high school shooting as a plot point. ” - ninjaalexs
 
98.
Dickensian (2015 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Drama set within the fictional realms of Charles Dickens critically acclaimed novels, bringing together some of his most iconic characters as their lives intertwine in 19th century London. (60 mins.)
“ Criticised for featuring black people playing traditionally white roles. ” - ninjaalexs