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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.

Channel 4 continue to trot out the response to the criticism that participants found taking part helpful for their OCD, yet last month Lesley and Tuesday Turner who appeared in series two told the Metro newspaper that they spend more time cleaning than ever before. “They have traumatised us,” said Lesley, “I’m exhausted. I spend around 14 hours a day cleaning and only manage three hours’ sleep a night.” 

Sadly Channel 4 and Betty TV have chosen to ignore all the criticism and continue to profit from the distress and anguish that Obsessive Compulsive Disorder can cause. Once again we urge Channel 4 to do the right thing for people affected by this illness and finally decommission the series.

After viewing the trailers for the programme, it appears to the a format worse than ever, so we won’t be tuning in. We hope you will all choose to boycott Channel 4 this evening also.

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