Festive Brits will watch more than 28 hours of Christmas films and TV shows in December | Films | Entertainment

December 19, 2023
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Brits watch more than 28 hours of Christmas films and TV shows in December – nearly an hour every day, research has found. A poll of 2,000 adults revealed they sit down and binge three-and-a-half hours of festive films a week, and 14 hours of telly across the month, as they gear up for the big day.

Elf and Love Actually were among those topping the list of fan favourites – with viewers saying that watching the flicks gets them in a jolly mood, while 70 percent went as far as to say it “makes Christmas”.

Home Alone helped round off the top three – while Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley, and The Snowman were the most-watched TV specials in December.

A spokesman for , which commissioned the research, said: “Brits love to kick off Christmas with their favourite festive films and TV – and this year is no different. There’s no doubt the genre is as popular as ever, and it really helps to get people in the mood.

“With more content than ever to choose from, and with so many hours spent watching a variety of TV shows and films, having a big range of choice is so important to viewers.”

The study also revealed the nation’s favourite, and least favourite, Santa of all time – with Richard Attenborough’s portrayal of the big man in Miracle on 34th Street reigning supreme as the best.

However, Hulk Hogan’s 1996 flop, Santa with Muscles, was said to be the biggest stinker when it comes to a Father Christmas on screen.

Billy Bob Thornton’s turn as Willie T. Stokes in Bad Santa, and Jim Carrey’s The Grinch, were the next most-disliked festive portrayals.

The research, carried out via OnePoll, also found 53 percent are bored of watching “repeats” at Christmas, with 40 percent needing some inspiration on new festive content to watch this year.

The spokesman from Sky, which allows you to order Sky Stream for next-day delivery ahead of Christmas, and has more than 1,000 films available through Sky Cinema, as well as 12,000 hours of entertainment telly, added: “The research has shown that, while there’s a real love for the old classics when it comes to repeated TV shows and films, there’s also a desire to freshen it up.

“It has never been easier to do so with the emergence of content you can stream, which allows the viewer to try something new, as well as soak up the old classics.

“There’s no need to be simply stuck with repeats in the schedule any longer – you can now watch what you want, whenever you want.”



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