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 Christmas Viewing

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The return of Gavin and Stacey achieved the best Christmas Day TV ratings for more than a decade, early "overnight" figures show. 

The Christmas special was watched by an average of 11.6 million viewers on BBC One. 

When it went on air at 20:30, half (49.2%) of all TV viewers tuned in. 

The episode, written by and starring James Corden and Ruth Jones, revisited Gavin, Stacey, Smithy and Nessa nearly 10 years after they left our screens. 

The next most-watched programme was the Queen's Christmas Broadcast, which was screened on BBC One, ITV and Sky and seen by 7.85 million people. 

In recent years, The Queen's annual broadcast has become the most-watched TV show, based on the overnight figures which do not include viewers who watch Christmas specials on catch-up services during the rest of the festive period. 

Strictly Come Dancing, EastEnders and Michael McIntyre's Big Show - all on BBC One - rounded out this year's top five shows. 

Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC content, said: "We delivered something for everyone with the seven most-popular programmes that cap off an incredible year for BBC One celebrating British talent and creativity." 

The top programme on ITV was Coronation Street which was watched by an average of 4.5 million on Christmas Day 

26 December 2019      
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Caroline Flack’s Boyfriend “Gutted”.

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The boyfriend of former Love Island host Caroline Flack has said he is “gutted” to have spent Christmas away from her due to her bail conditions.

Flack, 40, is accused of assaulting Lewis Burton, 27, in an incident that is said to have left them both covered in blood like a “horror movie”.

The presenter, who stepped down from hosting the upcoming series of the popular dating show, allegedly hit Burton over the head with a lamp when he was asleep.

After entering a not guilty plea to the assault charge at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court, Flack was released on bail with conditions that stop her having any contact with Burton ahead of a trial on March 4.

Former professional tennis player and model Burton does not support the prosecution and insists he is not a victim.

In an Instagram story posted late afternoon on Christmas Day, Burton wrote: “Gutted I can’t spend Christmas with you, I want to repeat I never pressed charges and asked the other day for the bail conditions to be dropped but no-one listened to me.

“I want this all to be over.”

26 December 2019

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