Wednesday, 2 November 2016

80 years of TV

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Today marks the 80th anniversary of the launch of the first regular TV service. It started at 3pm and was the BBC broadcasting live from Alexandra Palace.

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So the Press Association have released a chart detailing the most watched programmes since that day. Obviously, as TV's got more popular the numbers of viewers grew, but the peak happened a number of years ago. These days we all have a multitude of ways of consuming our programmes and it means that the viewer figures are never likely to reach the heady heights achieved in the 80's and 90's.
Can you guess what is the most watched programme? We'll let you know later. The oldest programme to make the list is a Royal Variety Performance from 1963 when 21.10 million tuned in. It did have one advantage though, the Beatles were performing.

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The most watched factual programme of all time was the 1995 interview with Princess Diana by Martin Bashir. A whopping 22.8 million people watched it, just going to show you just how popular she was.

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So did you guess right about the most watched programme of all time? To qualify, repeats are not added, this is sitting down and watching the programme when it was broadcast. The most watched programme of all time was.... Only Fools and Horses, specifically the programme from 1996 when Del Boy and Rodney find a valuable watch and are actually made millionaires. An amazing 24.35 million tuned in to watch it. That's more people than the entire population of Australia!!!
The list itself is below. The obvious missing programme is Eastenders. Back when Dirty Den asked Angie for a divorce, the BBC reported that 30 million people watched it. However the Beeb was adding repeats to the number, so it didn't count.


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1 - Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, December 29 1996): 24.35 million
2 - To The Manor Born (BBC1, November 11 1979): 23.95 million
3 - The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, November 19 1967): 22.80 million
4 - Panorama (BBC1, November 20 1995): 22.77 million
5 - The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, November 14 1965): 21.70 million
6 - Dallas (BBC1, November 22 1980): 21.60 million
7 - To The Manor Born (BBC1, November 9 1980): 21.55 million
8 - The Mike Yarwood Christmas Show (BBC1, December 25 1977): 21.40 million
= Coronation Street (ITV, January 2 1985): 21.40 million
10 - Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, December 25 2001): 21.35 million
11 - Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, December 27 1996): 21.33 million
12 - Only Fools And Horses (BBC1, December 25 1996): 21.31 million
13 - The Morecambe And Wise Christmas Show (BBC1, December 25 1977): 21.30 million
14 - The Royal Variety Performance (ITV, November 10 1963): 21.20 million
= The Silver Jubilee Royal Variety Gala (ITV, December 4 1977): 21.20 million
16 - Bread (BBC1, December 11 1988): 20.95 million
17 - The Benny Hill Show (ITV, March 14 1979): 20.85 million
18 - Coronation Street (ITV, December 18 1980): 20.80 million
19 - Just Good Friends (BBC1, December 21 1986): 20.75 million
20 - Sale Of The Century (ITV, November 19 1977) 20.60 million
= Coronation Street (ITV, January 9 1985): 20.60 million
= Coronation Street (ITV, January 16 1985): 20.60 million

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