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Top 10 Most Hated British TV Shows

VO: Richard Bush WRITTEN BY: Paul Grover
Thank God for Netflix! Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Hated British TV Shows. The reality TV age has introduced a slew of terrible shows, but even before that Britain was home to some truly diabolical television. These are the worst of the worst! Special thanks to our user ashjbow for submitting the idea on our interactive suggestion tool: WatchMojo.comsuggest
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Top 10 Most Hated British TV Shows


Thank God for Netflix! Welcome to WatchMojo UK and today we’re counting down our picks for the Top 10 Most Hated British TV Shows.

The reality TV age has introduced a slew of terrible shows, but even before that Britain was home to some truly diabolical television. These are the worst of the worst!

#10: “Mrs. Brown’s Boys” (2011-)


While undoubtedly a popular show, “Mrs. Brown Boy’s” has attracted its fair share of haters, too. According to its critics, it offers up a dumbed down barrage of toilet humour for cheap laughs, and not a lot else. Male actor Brendan O’Carroll, plays the eponymous female character, with the central gender switch providing the basis for a lot of the jokes. Meanwhile, the Irish setting just leaves you longing for the better written and generally funnier sitcom - “Father Ted.” To think, the BBC once housed the likes of “Blackadder”, swathes of comedy fans are still shaking their heads.

#9: “Good Morning Britain” (2014-)


Next, the morning news show that debates hard-hitting subjects like whether babies should give consent before a nappy change and if shorts should be worn in the workplace – or at least, that’s the line taken by its detractors. While the show does deal in headline news stories too, it’s often criticised as a “This Morning” wannabe. And, with the ever-polarising Piers Morgan as host, various interviews, debates and features have rubbed viewers up the wrong way. If this isn’t your cup of tea, then it’s less a ‘good morning’ and more ‘Good God, not this again!’

#8: “Splash!” (2013-14)


Often cited as a prime platform for Z-list celebs, the novelty game show has had its ups and downs. The high dive-centred “Splash!” was probably one of the worst, though. This time, the concept was sold to the ever-eager Saturday night viewer as a chance to see famous folk make a complete pig’s ear of an Olympic sport – with London 2012 Bronze medalist Tom Daley on hand as mentor. The problem was that the participants seemed particularly unknown, without any real celeb appeal. And Jo Brand featured as a judge for some reason. Fortunately, the show was put out of our misery after a mere couple of lacklustre series.

#7: “Change Your Tune” (2018-)


It’s not often a show is so terrible, audiences literally believe it to be an April Fool’s prank. Yet, that was the case with ITV’s “Change Your Tune.” Unfortunately for the broadcaster, the opening episode left most viewers wanting to change the channel. The questionable concept consisted of the nation’s most atrocious singers competing against one another. The cynics might suggest that this show isn’t all that different to most TV talent searches, but the ratings didn’t exactly make for happy reading. Still, fair play to these contestants – though it’s probably not a competition you’d really want to win.

#6: “Geordie Shore” (2011-)


As the UK’s answer to “Jersey Shore”, few shows are more ‘marmite’ than this one. For those that like it, it’s crazy, unpredictable awesomeness. For those that hate it, it’s a warning to tourists against ever visiting Newcastle. The show sees a rotating cast of Geordies living in a house together; fighting, clubbing, and copping off with each other. And that’s pretty much it. However, despite the disapproval it routinely attracts, the it has been successful enough for the cast to splinter off into a variety of usually just as divisive reality tv ventures. Go figure.

#5: “Benefits Street” (2014-15)


Channel 4 seemed at their exploitative best with this one! “Benefits Streets” was briefly all over the papers in 2014, as a show centred on the unemployed. The action took place on a seemingly non-descript road where an apparent 90% of the people living there were on state benefits. But it wasn’t only the dicey subject matter that had viewers incensed, but also the way the show presented itself. Its critics claimed that the people on it were portrayed as sub-human, filmed as though the focus of a nature documentary. Ofcom was flooded with complaints, so how did the network respond? With “Immigration Street” a year later, of course!

#4: “The X Factor” (2004-)


As easily the most successful show to feature today, in terms of ratings, the fact that “The X Factor” has been the mainstream TV juggernaut for well over a decade is perhaps what most frustrates those that can’t stand it. With millions tuning in year after year to witness contestants trying break out from their often-mundane lives and into a world of riches, the formula is firmly set. But, despite all the glitz, glamour and promises of glory, the winners often turn out to be but a flash in the pop music pan at best, returning to their ordinary routines barely more famous than when they began. Simon Cowell, on the other hand, is laughing all the way to the bank!

#3: “Heil Honey I’m Home!” (1990)


The sitcom where Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun must come to terms with their new neighbours being Jewish. Yes, this was actually a thing. Does anything else even need to be said? This offended just about everyone in the early ‘90s, which was a time when people getting offended was supposedly quite rare! Needless to say, “Heil Honey I’m Home” was swiftly cancelled after a single episode. What those who commissioned it were thinking is anyone’s guess, let alone those who created it!

#2: “The Jeremy Kyle Show” (2005-)


It’s the British, yet arguably even more pitiful, version of the infamous “Jerry Springer show”. Although Jeremy’s critics would likely view a comparison with Jerry as far too kind! Kyle seems a far angrier host after all, barking advice at his guests on the daily. And for those that dislike his show, it seems to stand as a flaming beacon for everything that’s wrong with British tele. How many fractured situations Jeremy has managed to mend remains up for debate, but the guests rarely seem to exit the show in a much better place than when they entered.

#1: “Big Brother” (2000-)


We finish with the show that apparently refuses to die and arguably started the reality TV wave responsible for several of the entries on this very list. The lasting legacy of “Big Brother” is therefore perhaps its biggest crime. Even those who hate it today are likely to concede that it started with reasonably noble intentions, as a televised social experiment. However, it wasn’t long before “BB” descended into the trashiest of television, with contestants accused of being everything from fame-hungry fakes to big-mouthed bullies. And all while those that run the show design tasks to trigger fights, feuds and fully-fledged psychological torment. It’s a lot of things, but for a lot of people it’s just not that likeable.
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