A little bit special

Hannah ThompsonYouGovLabs and UK Public Opinion Website Editor
December 16, 2010, 1:19 AM GMT+0

Christmas TV specials – as certain an occurrence as Christmas itself, with favourite TV programmes past and present popping up throughout the festive season to remind us why we loved or loathed them in the first place. This year, veteran BBC show Doctor Who, which stars Matt Smith as the eleventh doctor, has topped Brits’ list as the special they’re most looking forward to seeing.

  • The time-travelling, police-box inhabiting timelord took 14% of the vote
  • Followed by the Top Gear trio on 10%
  • Coronation Street, which has seen much recent publicity due to its fiftieth birthday celebrations, came next on 9%
  • Family fare The Royle Family and dancing extravaganza Strictly Come Dancing came joint fourth on 8%
  • While Albert Square dwellers Eastenders came fifth on 7%.

And while it seems many of us will be sitting round the TV in anticipation come Christmas this year, over one in five (21%) say they are ‘not looking forward to seeing any Christmas specials’.

The nation’s most anticipated special, entitled Doctor Who: A Christmas Carol, and starring the usual cast plus singer Katherine Jenkins (pictured) and actor Michael Gambon, and will screen in the UK on 25th December 2010 at 6pm on BBC One.

See the survey details and full results here