Celebrity Big Brother most complained about show of 2016

Show gets almost 4,000 Ofcom complaints over issues such as Biggins' remarks
- Posted on December 31 2016 at 06:34pm

Christopher Biggins removed from Celebrity Big Brother summer 2016

Ofcom has revealed that Celebrity Big Brother was the most complained-about TV show of 2016 – with the ‘civilian’ Big Brother coming in at third on the list.

According to figures released by the media regulator, CBB racked up a total of 3,643 complaints over the last twelve months.

January’s series saw viewers take offence at issues including the producers’ handling of the death of Angie Bowie’s ex-husband David Bowie.

The August run attracted controversy over Marnie Simpson exposing her cleavage to Saira Khan and Christopher Biggins’ offensive remarks – including one about the Jewish faith that was never broadcast.

In September, Ofcom cleared Channel 5 of wrongdoing over Biggins’ behaviour, saying it was “likely to be within the audience’s expectations”.

ITV’s Coronation Street came second, racking up 1,141 complaints, while this year’s regular Big Brother was third with 864 complaints.

It provoked a backlash with its displays of sexual activity – particularly risqué scenes involving Marco Pierre White Jnr and Laura Carter.

Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother have repeatedly topped Ofcom’s complaints charts in recent years – and in March the long-running reality format was named as the firm’s most controversial show ever.

Since 2003, all versions of Big Brother have amassed 74,000 complaints, the lion’s share relating to the infamous CBB race row of 2007.

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