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The blockbuster film voted as Britain’s number one Christmas Day programme

EMBARGOED 00:01 11th December 2007 – When it comes to Christmas Day TV, Brits favour a blockbuster film over the soaps and the Queen’s Speech according to new research released today. The YouGov survey of 2,111 adults also revealed that Only Fools and Horses was the second most popular programme in the ultimate Christmas Day TV schedule.

The research, on behalf of TV software firm ANT, revealed that nearly half of UK adults (48 per cent) said that a blockbuster film, such as Harry Potter or Pirates of the Caribbean, was the key part of their Christmas Day viewing. A classic film like Mary Poppins or Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was the third most popular Christmas Day programme, with 30 per cent of viewers saying that was their favourite part of the schedule.

The Queen’s Speech (number 9) only just scrapped into the top ten, whilst Eastenders, which provided the largest viewing figures of any TV programme at Christmas in 1986, didn’t even make the top five.

"Watching the box is as part of the British Christmas as bickering with relatives, stuffing your face with chocolates and falling asleep on the sofa, but it would seem that traditional favourites are not as popular as they were,” said Simon Woodward, CEO ANT Software Limited. “However, movies, whether that’s a modern blockbuster or a classic family favourite, remain a part of the Christmas Day TV fabric.”

There was a big difference between generations in the make up of the ultimate Christmas Day TV schedule. Adults aged between 18 and 24 said The Simpsons was their number one ultimate Christmas Day programme, whilst Desperate Housewives also made the top ten in the age group.

Simon Woodward said: “As the downloading of films and programmes becomes ever easier, and people watch more TV over the internet, we are not far away from having our own individual ultimate Christmas Day TV schedules. In the near future kids will be able watch cartoons on their phones, teenagers can watch an episode of 24, whilst the whole family can settle down together and watch any downloaded film that takes their fancy.”

The top ten ultimate Christmas Day TV programmes in order of preference were as follows:

1) Blockbuster film (eg Harry Potter)
2) Only Fools and Horses
3) Classic film (eg Mary Poppins)
4) The Vicar of Dibley
5) Coronation Street
6) Eastenders
6) Morcombe and Wise
8) The Simpsons
9) Queen’s speech
10) Christmas Top of the Pops

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About ANT Software Limited

ANT plc ( is the leading provider of client software solutions and services to the digital media industry. It develops open-standards-based client software and applications to enable operators to exploit digital media across a broad range of consumer devices from TV’s ,set-top boxes and DVD players , to portable media devices such as mobile phones and personal media players, regardless of content delivery platform.

ANT enables media driven organisations to quickly create and roll-out innovative and successful applications and TV services on any consumer device, enabling operators to attract new subscribers, reduce churn and increase average revenue per user.

ANT’s software has been extensively deployed by customers throughout the world including Scientific Atlanta a Cisco Company, Chunghwa Telecom, Foxconn, France Telecom, Humax, LG/Nortel, Philips, Sagem, Samsung, SaskTel, Telecom Italia and Thomson.

ANT plc's shares are listed on AIM, a London Stock Exchange regulated market, under the ticker ANTP (Reuters: ANTP.L, Bloomberg: ANTP.LN).

Press Contacts:

Gerry Grewal
Rainier PR
Tel: 0207 494 6589

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc. Total sample size was 2,111 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 20th - 21st November 2007. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

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