We all have guilty pleasures, including the musicians that we listen to and the TV programs that we binge watch behind closed doors.
According to research recently conducted by Direct Blinds, however, more than one-fifth of Brits would judge somebody on the television shows that they watch. These individuals are also among those who are fearful of being judged on their viewing preferences, with 22% being prepared to shut the curtains or blinds to hide their screens to the outside world.
With this in mind, what are the worst shows to get caught watching? Let’s take a look at our three picks:
Us Brits can be a prudish bunch, and it should therefore come as no surprise that modern dating show Naked Attraction is the worst program to get caught watching. 25% of viewers believe this to be the most embarrassing show in their evening line-up, as would-be suitors shed their clothes in a bid to earn a date with a potential partner.
The idea is that participants rely on their natural instincts by selecting a partner on body type alone, reversing the tone set by previous TV hits such as Dating in the Dark (where the contestants clothes remained on at all times).
This Channel 4 hit is certainly a guilty pleasure, while an average audience of 1.2 million viewers also suggests that our discomfort at an army of naked bodies is not enough to discourage people from watching.
Next up is another dating show, albeit one that makes us cringe for entirely different reasons.
This ITV hit, which is set to move to Channel 5 next year, sees hunks and beauties pair off in the pursuit of love, fame and wealth, as they sunbathe, make-out and plot their way towards a potential £50,000 prize.
With acts of blatant manipulation and desperation taking place throughout the series, it appears that some people will do anything for love (or at least a future TV career). These deeds are certainly enough to make the audience blush, which is why 22% are deeply ashamed to class themselves as regular viewers.
The Jeremy Kyle Show
Come on, you didn’t really think this show would be any lower, did you? Now more than a decade old, the resilient Kyle continues to host a talk show in which explosive family conflicts and lie detectors are undertaken in front of a baying audience.
Once described by a High Court judge as being little better than ‘bear-bating’. Kyle’s often controversial and provocative style continues to polarise opinion throughout the UK. This, along with cringeworthy and barely believable nature of the guests, means that 20% of you would be embarrassed to be caught watching the show (although this has not stopped its audience from growing on an annual basis).
Viewers can at least console themselves that they are not on the show, although this does deny them access to a public paternity test and an overnight stay in one of Manchester’s finest Premier Inns’.