The Daily Mail runs with the headline: Can TV Sink Any Lower? and continues:
It claims to be progressive and truthful. In fact, Channel 4's new naked dating show is stupid and degrading voyeurism from what's meant to be a public service broadcaster.
From Big Brother to Sex Box, the world of TV is always looking for new lows. And this week Channel 4 succeeded.
Thousands of viewers complained on Twitter and media guardians branded Naked Attraction -- an uncensored nude dating show -- the worst programme ever shown on TV . Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has already received 24 complaints about nudity.
A spokesman for MediaWatch UK said:
This has to be the worst programme ever shown on television, there is nothing to recommend it.
Norman Wells, of the Family Education Trust, accused Channel 4 of
Grossly irresponsible broadcasting and viewers labelled it creepy and a new low for British TV .
In each two-part programme, a pair of contestants get to appraise the six people vying in their birthday suits for approval. Each date stands stark naked in a box, while a screen is gradually raised to reveal them front and back bit by wobbly
bit , as presenter Anna Richardson puts it.
The contestants then reject the dates one by one for purely physical reasons mainly attached to their genitalia. When only two potential dates are left, they parade naked while the contestant runs the rule over them, and while this doesn't quite happen
literally, in Monday's opening programme one aspiring suitor was rejected because his penis was too big.
A spokesperson for Channel 4 responded to the whinges explaining:
This is a light-hearted and appropriately scheduled series which aims to demystify the rules of sexual attraction for the Tinder generation.
At the time of writing, 45 viewers had complained to the TV censor Ofcom who will no doubt reject them out of hand.
Despite the complaints, Naked Attraction has proved a hit with an average of 1.4 million viewers tuning to the series opener.
Naked Attraction airs Monday nights at 10PM on Channel 4.
Update: A few more complaints
28th July 2016. See article from
Ofcom has now received 64 complaints in total, 60 about nudity and 17 about the programming being supposedly degrading to human relationships.