Christmas TV schedules full of turkeys, viewers say

December 13, 2007 by  
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For many Britons, the ideal Christmas television feast would comprise of classic comedies such as Only Fools and Horses, Morecambe and Wise, The Vicar of Dibley as well as a couple of top soaps and a Harry Potter film to round things off, a study has found.

The research carried out by YouGov on behalf of the media firm ANT Software also found the Queen’s speech and a special Christmas episode of Top of the Pops sat alongside newer fare such as the Simpsons in the list of ‘most-wanted’ TV.

However, despite plans for the majority of these shows to be broadcast over the festive period, more than half of those questioned in a separate study claimed that Christmas TV is “not as good as it used to be”, with 24 per cent claiming that the schedules are “completely overrated”.

In comparison, just nine per cent of those questioned by Utalk said that the Christmas schedules represented “excellent festive entertainment”. 

“The chocolate box image of families crowded around their TV sets next to a roaring log fire simply doesn’t exist in today’s Britain,” explained Utalk’s founder Niall McKinney. 

“The internet has transformed the way we spend our time and, Christmas Day or not, many of us still like to feel connected by going online to check in with distant friends.”

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