ESC amongst worst ever shows for UK

by Richard West-Soley 69 views

The Eurovision Song Contest has come 25th out of 50 worst TV programmes on British TV in a list compiled for British TV magazine the Radio Times.

The list contains many other disputed classics of television, but the entries are not without controversy. The entry of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo at number 28, for example, has caused outrage as the show's producer Brigadier Mel Jamieson dismissed the list and highlighted the international popularity of the show. Furthermore, the global children's TV phenomenon Thomas the Tank Engine finds itself at the dizzy heights of number eight, despite a firm following and a tie-in franchise which is still going strong today.

UK TV personality Keith Chegwin topped the chart with the naturist reality show Naked Jungle, which nonetheless managed to become British Channel 5's most viewed programme of 2000.

The list, compiled for The Radio Times, a publication of BBC Magazines, is perhaps not meant to be taken too seriously, but rather as a gentle reminder of the tongue-in-cheek attitude many Brits have towards the contest which still attracts UK viewers in the millions.

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Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site