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Controversy at Channel 4 used to be because they pushed the boat out. Programmes such as the brilliant Brass Eye shows drew complaints for all the right reasons. Even Brookside’s lesbian kiss storyline in 1993 had a point. So I’m not sure what can be said about C4’s latest problematic Boys and Girls Alone.

In an open letter to The Times, 36 child psychologists, paediatricians and journalists described the show as “child abuse” and claimed C4 was “treating human beings with contempt.” Many have likened it to a modern day Lord of the Flies.

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