Morecambe & Wise top poll of nation's most memorable Christmas TV

Comedy duo more memorable than the Queen’s Speech, though younger viewers are more likely to recall watching Doctor Who and Elf

Years after they last appeared as the Christmas centrepiece on BBC One, The Morecambe & Wise Show is still the most memorable festive TV programme according to the British public. Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise were the highest-rated BBC Christmas Day show in eight of the nine years between 1969 and 1977, and they have just topped a survey of Christmas TV memories.

BBC researchers asked UK viewers the programmes they “most clearly remember watching over Christmas” within their lifetime. Morecambe and Wise topped the list, with the Queen’s speech coming second. The public’s top TV memories also included The Snowman and Top of the Pops.

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