Channel 4's Naked Education receives 930 complaints after adults strip for children

Channel 4 show Naked Education has attracted nearly 1,000 complaints after depicting adults stripping for children.

An episode that aired on 4 April attempted to test teenagers’ knowledge of the human anatomy using participants posing nude in front of a class of young people aged 14-16.

Broadcasting watchdog Ofcom said it had received 930 complaints from viewers relating to “nudity before the watershed” and the nudity being “presented to participants in the programme aged 14-16”.

Other shows tackled issues including body hair, male body image, the effects of ageing and cosmetic surgery.

The series, hosted by Anna Richardson, is described by Channel Four as “body-positive” and aims to “normalise all body types, champion people’s differences and break down stereotypes”.

The show features “candid conversations and naked exchanges between people who have undergone similar experiences and body transformations”.

Responding to complaints, Channel 4’s chief content officer, Ian Katz, said: “Anyone who suggests that the Channel 4 show Naked Education promotes paedophilia or is abusive of children almost certainly hasn’t watched it.

“The show counters the dangerous myths and toxic images that teenagers are bombarded with by exposing them to real, normal bodies and engaging them in an open, safe conversation about them.

“It would be hard to think of a clearer example of valuable public service broadcasting that challenges the kind of misconceptions that too often cause anxiety and feelings of inadequacy in young people.”

A spokeswoman for Ofcom said: “We are assessing the complaints against our broadcasting rules, before deciding whether or not to investigate.”