Morecambe and Wise are still the best-remembered Christmas shows | Comedy duo top poll

Morecambe and Wise are still the best-remembered Christmas shows

Comedy duo top poll

The Morecambe & Wise Show remans the most memorable Christmas TV programme on British TV.

It has been 24 years since their final festive special aired, but the comics nevertheless topped a BBC poll which asked viewers what shows they most remember watching at Christmas.

Eric and Ernie – whose 1977 Christmas show pulled in 28 million viewers – scored better even than the annual Queen’s Speech.

Four out of the top ten shows were comedies, with Only Fools And Horses, The Two Ronnies and The Royal Family all featuring.

Sitcoms traditionally fare well over the festival season, with the genre providing the top-rated Christmas show  21 times since 1952, including Men Behaving Badly, The Vicar of Dibley, One Foot In The Grave and Mrs Brown’s Boys.

Top Ten best-remembered Christmas shows:

  1. Morecambe and Wise
  2. Queen’s Speech
  3. Only Fools and Horses
  4. Doctor Who
  5. Top of the Pops
  6. The Snowman
  7. The Two Ronnies
  8. EastEnders
  9. The Royle Family
  10. Strictly Come Dancing

Published: 22 Dec 2017

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