15:27 Wednesday 11 December 2013

What will be your TV turn-ons this Christmas?

Written byROB SMYTH

A DOCTOR, a baker and Dirty Den are just some of the things that people love to watch when they settle down during the festive season.

A new survey by TV Licensing has revealed the top shows that people love to watch at Christmas in years gone by and also what people are looking forward to taking in on December 25 this year.

The report also revealed that families in the area will watch more than seven additional hours of their favourite television programmes during Christmas week.

Doctor Who and the Great British Bake Off are the two programmes people in the town are looking forward to this year and in the past the likes of EastEnders and Only Fools and Horses have topped the charts of the best form of festive telly.

Mark Whitehouse, spokesman for TV Licensing in the West Midlands, said: “Christmas is always a great time of year for TV fans with many of our favourite programmes making a festive appearance, not to mention the annual showing of some classic films.

“But whether you just tune in to see the Queen’s Speech or spend the entire holiday channel surfing, it is important to be aware of the need to be covered by a TV Licence to watch or record programmes at the same time as they are shown on TV.

“We would always prefer people pay than risk a fine or prosecution and we certainly don’t want people to be starting the New Year facing the prospect of court and a possible £1,000 fine.”

During Christmas 2012, people in Burton viewed, on average, 35 hours and three minutes of TV - more than seven extra hours compared to the national figure of 28 hours for the rest of the year.

Christmas is traditionally the time of special edition episodes of our favourite shows and when soap and drama storylines reach their climatic peak.

EastEnders famously attracted 30.1 million viewers for the 1986 Christmas Day episode, which featured the spectacular break-up of Angie and Den.

The 2001 Christmas Day edition of Only Fools and Horses was watched by an audience of 21.35 million, making it the most viewed programme of the decade.

In 2012 EastEnders again topped the ratings with 9.7 million viewers tuning in on Christmas Day with a further 1.9 million ‘timeshifting’ the episode to catch-up with the goings-on in Albert Square during the following week.

More information is available online atwww.tvlicensing.co.uk

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