Rastamouse was the most complained about kids TV show of 2011!

by Lynn Connolly

Somewhat surprisingly, children’s TV show Rastamouse was the most complained about kids show of 2011, according to the Daily Mirror.

The series, which, for the uninitiated is about a reggae band who solve crimes, received over 200 complaints from viewers, primarily regarding alleged racism.

The complainants claimed that the show propagated stereotypical views of black people, and forum posters on Mumsnet claimed that if their children mimicked what the CBeebies characters say, they could be accused of racism.

However, a BBC spokeswoman defended the show but conceded that nine out of ten complaints had been about the language used by the characters.

She said, “This was one of our most popular children’s programmes last year…

“We have had a huge amount of positive feedback about Rastamouse, which continues to be a hit with our young viewers and which was consistently in the top ten CBeebies shows viewed on iPlayer throughout 2011.”

The paper adds, “None of the complaints were upheld.”

Here’s a clip of Rastamouse…

The Mirror also revealed that Channel 5 chat show The Wright Stuff received more complaints than any other adult TV show last year, with around 2,200 viewers complaining to the channel when host Matthew Wright made jokes about a murdered Scottish teenager in December.

As you may recall – and as we reported at the time – Matthew and his guests parodied the famous “There’s been a murrdderr” phrase made popular by detective drama Taggart.

In the wake of the complaints, Wright apologised to the family of the murder victim Liam Aitchison, who, after watching the episode in question, issued a statement which said that Liam’s family found Wright’s remarks, “very upsetting”, “insulting” and “insensitive”.

However, after his apology, the family issued another statement, which read, “We have spoken with Matthew Wright and have accepted his apology for comments made regarding Liam’s death.

“We would like now to draw a line under the whole Wright Stuff incident and ask people to focus on the process of justice for Liam.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.