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The nation’s most memorable Christmas TV moments revealed


  • Only Fools and Horses’ Batman and Robin scene is nation’s most memorable Christmas TV moment
  • 1 in 20 Brits watch 11 hours or more of TV on Christmas Day
  • Over a quarter of us admit to planning our Christmas Day around the TV schedule
  • Mrs Brown’s Boys is the Christmas special we are most looking forward to

A new survey by Freesat has looked into the great British love affair with Christmas TV, highlighting our festive telly watching habits and revealing the great TV moments that we have found most memorable over the years.

The average family watches over 4 hours of TV on Christmas Day, with over a quarter of us admitting to planning their day around what’s on. Almost one in 10 even admit to leaving the dinner table early to watch something on TV.

The Batman and Robin scene from Only Fools and Horses has been named as the nation’s most memorable Christmas TV moment, followed by the turkey fiasco on Mr Bean and the Christmas lunch debacle from The Vicar of Dibley. Morecambe and Wise’s breakfast sketch and the train chase from Wallace and Gromit The Wrong Trousers complete the top five.

Unsurprisingly, we are most likely to look forward to Christmas specials on TV over the festive period, followed closely by a classic Christmas film. Men are more likely to prefer something funny, with women preferring drama.

This year, Mrs Brown’s Boys is the Christmas special that we are most looking forward to, followed by Doctor Who, Call the Midwife, Strictly Come Dancing and The Great British Bake Off. To find out more about the best Christmas telly on Freesat, check out our TV guide.