Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is a series of six controversial programmes broadcast by Channel 4 in February/March (series 1) and October/November (series 2) 2013.

Frustratingly, disappointingly Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

Frustratingly, disappointingly but not unsurprisingly Channel 4's Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is back on screens for another series which started broadcasting last night. OCD-UK condemn Channel 4 for seemingly putting profits and viewing figures above adding to stigmatic misrepresentation of OCD, not to mention arguably above ethics in the how they appear to be 'using' OCD to sell this programme about cleaning. We shared that opinion with Channel 4 and publically before the first episode aired back in 2013, we were a lone voice back then and we seemingly continue to be today, but we believe we have a duty to represent you, people with lived experience of OCD.

OCD-UK are not shy about being publically critical of Channel 4 for this programme, our social media followers are not either, and these are some of the views shared on our social media last night:

Article posted on: Wed, 19/04/2017 - 2:46pm

Open letter to David Abraham of Channel 4

With Channel 4 continuing to ignore the concerns about their programme Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, we have once again written to the Chief Executive of Channel 4.

Mr David Abraham
Chief executive
Channel 4
124 Horseferry Road

Open Letter to Mr David Abraham, Channel 4

Dear Mr Abraham,

Article posted on: Tue, 14/07/2015 - 1:05pm

Statement about the latest series of Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners

This evening Channel 4 once again broadcast yet another series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners. Despite numerous correspondence between ourselves including a face-to-face meeting at Channel 4, they continue to ignore the concerns raised by ourselves and those of people suffering with OCD who have contacted Channel 4.

We cannot express how disappointed we are that Channel 4 continue to commission further series by placing ratings and profit above the welfare of those with OCD for the sake of cheap entertainment, which is exactly what Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners is.

The damage Channel 4 and the programmes cause in terms of fuelling false misconceptions around the illness should not be underestimated and it remains counter-productive to the work that charity’s like OCD-UK are attempting to achieve. The programmes adds to the false misconception that all people with OCD like cleaning, which could not be further from the reality for those that suffer.

Article posted on: Tue, 30/06/2015 - 12:36pm

OCCleaners - The Times get it, so why not others?

Blog written by 'Ashley Fulwood' 13th October 2014.

Last Sunday in the round up of the week’s TV ahead, The Times published the following.

Left feeling grubby

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners (C4, 8pm) Watching obsessive compulsive disorder sufferers with a cleaning fixation being sent to transform the houses of hoarders is an uncomfortable business for everyone involved. The hoarders are made to feel disgusting and the OCD cleaners are put through mental torture (often physical, too — breaking out in sweats and panic). Then there is the audience, also squirming at the jaunty tone of the programme’s voice-over and the exploitation of people with (in some cases) diagnosed mental-health disorders. It is shameful that this has been given a third series.

Article posted on: Mon, 13/10/2014 - 6:14pm

Open letter to Obsessive Compulsive Cleaner advertisers

This evening Channel 4 once again broadcast a new series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, despite the distress the series causes to those that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Because Channel 4 flatly refuse to actually hear the feedback and concerns raised by multiple charities and sufferers alike we have decided to approach those companies that promote and advertise their products during each episode of this series. The following open letter will be sent to each company encouraging them to review their advertising strategy with Channel 4.

Article posted on: Tue, 07/10/2014 - 9:00pm

Channel 4 ignoring concerns for ratings?

This week Channel 4 will once again broadcast a new series of their Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners despite the distress the series causes to those that suffer from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Despite widespread concerns being raised by charities and people affected by Obsessive Compulsive Disorder directly with Channel 4’s Chief Executive and disability advisor they have chosen to repeatedly ignore these concerns and continue to commission and broadcast this latest series. With the concerns ignored, we can only assume ratings far more important to Channel 4 than taking on board the concerns raised. Some of the concerns raised about the programme include:

Article posted on: Sun, 05/10/2014 - 3:10pm

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners - Season Two

Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners - Season Two

Updated 21:06

Following last night’s accurate portrayal about the realities of suffering with OCD shown by the ITV1 programme ‘OCD Ward’, OCD-UK remain extremely disappointed that despite our lengthy discussions with Channel 4 earlier this year, they have chosen to commission a second season of Obsessive-Compulsive Cleaners, which is due to be broadcast this evening.

Tonight's broadcast is the first of a new eight part series, and is described by Channel 4:

Article posted on: Tue, 29/10/2013 - 5:55pm


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