C4 was at the centre of another race row today after a teenage reality show contestant called for the return of slavery.

Lucy Buchanan, 18, said black people were “really bad” during the opening episode of Shipwrecked.
She said: “Britain is a complete mess. I just don’t appreciate people coming into our country and taking over our culture. We’ve got way too many cultures. Britain’s not really Britain any more.

“I’m for the British Empire and things. I’m for slavery, but that’s never going to come back.”

The former boarding school pupil’s comments put beleaguered C4 bosses under renewed pressure.

The channel’s board is already reviewing Big Brother after Jade Goody sparked a race row by bullying Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty.

But a spokeswoman said Lucy’s comments were immediately criticised by contestants so viewers were aware they were “offensive and unacceptable”.

Media watchdog Ofcom has received 196 complaints about racism on the show.

Online message boards were deluged with outraged posts. One viewer wrote on the Digital Spy website: “C4, giving a voice to the BNP.”

In an outburst aired on Sunday, Lucy, of Edinburgh, also criticised gays and fat people.

A C4 spokeswoman said: “When Lucy airs her opinions, they are immediately criticised, so viewers are instantly aware that her peers find them offensive and unacceptable.

“Those who continue to watch Shipwrecked will see, as the series progresses, Lucy’s views change as she interacts and is challenged by other contestants.”

The show sees young people living as castaways on desert islands in the South Pacific.