Downton is most anticipated Christmas special in new study on festive TV viewing habits
Downton Abbey is the nation’s most anticipated Christmas special for 2015, according to a new study of Christmas television viewing habits conducted by Freesat.
Nearly a third (30%) of the 2000 Freesat customers surveyed for the report said they were most looking forward to a Christmas with the Crawleys, while 23% named Sherlock their most anticipated new show of the festive period.
The study also revealed that television comedy plays a vital role in our Christmas, with 31% of respondents declaring Agnes Brown of Mrs Brown’s Boys fame their most-wanted TV Christmas dinner guest. It is also no surprise which old-school British comedy came out as the series the nation most wants revived for Christmas, with a whopping 59% of respondents dreaming of a Christmas in Peckham with the Trotter brothers.
Watching television is the best part of Christmas Day for nearly a third of respondents, with 55% saying it is one of the few times of the year they sit down and watch television with family. Two thirds of respondents said they planned their Christmas day viewing in advance and recorded programmes so not to spoil the harmony of a family Christmas dinner.
Freesat spokesperson Jennifer Elworthy said: “With the best specials and compelling storylines across our favourite soaps, dramas and comedies, Christmas is without a doubt the best time of year to watch telly. 2015 looks set to be packed with great programmes for the whole family, whatever the situation. The toughest decision will be deciding what to watch.”