Families across East Anglia will watch more than five additional hours of television over Christmas, according to figures released by TV Licensing.
With TV taking centre stage among the tinsel and turkey in homes across UK, TV Licensing are reminding people of the importance of making sure they can legally watch the festive favourites.
Over Christmas 2012 residents of East Anglia viewed, on average, 33 hours and 35 minutes of TV – more than five 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 30.1m 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 21.35m, making it the most viewed programme of the decade. In 2012 EastEnders again topped the ratings with 9.7m viewers tuning in on Christmas Day with a further 1.9m ‘timeshifting’ the episode to catch-up with the goings-on in Albert Square the following week.
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