Thursday, 26 December 2019

What's Occurring? The Queen loses the Christmas Day top spot to Gavin and Stacey

She's been the Christmas Day star for the past few years but as the decade draws to a close, the Queen has lost top spot to some long lost favourites. Initial ratings for the UK festive TV ratings shows Her Majesty coming in second to the return of one of the BBC's best loved comedies.

The Queen's Speech has been the most watched programme on Christmas Day for the past few years. In 2019, the initial showing of the address won 7.85 million viewers, a big increase on its 2018 audience of 6.4 million.

However, that wasn't enough to see off the challenge of the BBC's popular comedy, Gavin and Stacey. After a nine year absence, the show came back with a Christmas special that won 11.6 million viewers, the biggest festive audience of the decade.

The hotly anticipated return included many of the favourite characters from the show including Nessa, played by one of the programme's creators, Ruth Jones. She launched into her famous catchphrase ''what's occurring'' within minutes of the comedy's comeback.

And the Queen could well face a challenge from Barry Island's finest in 2020 as well. Gavin and Stacey ended with a cliffhanger that has already got fans clamouring for another installment. Nessa taking on Elizabeth II for a second Christmas in a row could well be the tidy start that the new decade needs.

Photo credit: BBC screen grab/ fair use

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