The 10 TV moments with most complaints of the 2010s are revealed

18 December 2019, 16:21

Most complained about moments of the 2010s
Most complained about moments of the 2010s. Picture: ITV/Channel 5

By Tom Eames

TV regulator Ofcom has revealed that Roxanne Pallett's controversial appearance on Celebrity Big Brother received the most complaints in the last decade.

Over 25,000 people complained after the soap actress claimed fellow soap star Ryan Thomas had punched her, when footage showed that he was only play fighting.

This was three times more than the next moment on the list, when Loose Women aired an argument between Kim Woodburn and Coleen Nolan.

Channel 4's 2015 documentary UKIP: The First 100 came third.

The most complained about moments of the 2010s:

1. Celebrity Big Brother, Channel 5 - 30, 31 August, 1 September 2018. 25,327 complaints about Roxanne Pallett's allegations against Ryan Thomas.

2. Loose Women, ITV - 29 August 2018. 8,002 complaints, with 7,912 about an interview with Kim Woodburn.

3. UKIP: The First 100 Days, Channel 4 - 16 February 2015. 6,187 complaints, with most stating that the appearance of UKIP was misleading and biased.

4. Sky News - 27 September 2018. 3,463 viewers complained of an alleged bias in the editing of an interview with Tommy Robinson.

5. The X Factor, ITV - 11 December 2010. 2,868 complaints over performances by Rihanna and Christina Aguilera, stating they were too explicit before the watershed.

6. Channel 4 News - 29 March 2019. 2,717 complaints when presenter Jon Snow said of the Brexit rallies that he had "never seen so many white people in one place".

7. Love Island, ITV2 - 1 July 2018. 2,644 viewers complained about emotional distress caused to Dani Dyer.

8. The Wright Stuff, Channel 5 - 6, 7, 8 December 2011. 2,358 complaints over how Matthew Wright and a guest joked about a murder in the Hebrides.

9. Big Brother, Channel 5 - 24 June 2015. 2,024 complaints about remakrs from contestant Helen Wood about fellow housemate Brian Belo.

10. Sky News with Kay Burley - 5 June 2015. 1,838 complaints about Kay Burley's interview with Merlin Entertainment chief executive Nick Varney following the Alton Towers rollercoaster crash.

However, Ofcom found that none of the top 10 list actually broke broadcasting rules.

All incidents were on commercial channels, with the BBC having a separate complaints system.