Locked-down Britons have turned to nostalgic TV shows to pass the time during the pandemic, with a quarter even admitting to tuning in during working hours.
A survey of nearly 7,000 TV fans by RadioTimes.com found that 43 per cent of viewers have sought out shows from years past as they have been looking for comfort and familiarity.
Two-thirds of respondents also said they had rewatched a series they have already seen in lockdown, suggesting that old favourites have won out.
And in a revelation which will have bosses across the country wincing, 27 per cent also admitted to putting the TV on during the day when they should have been working.
Tim Glanfield, editorial director at RadioTimes.com said: “In what has been a tremendously challenging year for so many, the British public have turned to television for solace, escapism, information and entertainment.
“The pandemic has accelerated the pace of change across much of the media landscape, with a boom in subscriptions to streaming services like Disney+ as people seek out the latest releases and find comfort in rewatching their favourite shows and films.
“And with many of us working at home with such a huge selection of content at our fingertips, the temptation to start watching when we’re meant to be working is obviously sometimes too much to resist.”
Male respondents to the survey named animated comedy Family Guy as their favourite “guilty pleasure” TV show, while women were more likely to opt for American drama Desperate Housewives.
— to www.telegraph.co.uk