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Britons fear missing on their favourite TV shows

A third of Brits would rather stay in to watch telly than go out, according to a new survey.

The study, carried out by Freesat, found that the average viewer watches over four hours of live TV a day, and nearly a third of viewers admitted snubbing going out in favour of settling down in front of the television.

The research showed nearly a third of Brits (31 per cent) admitting to missing a friend’s or family’s birthday celebration to watch their favourite programme, one in 10 have pulled a sickie to make sure they’re at home to catch the latest episode of a series and four per cent also admit to watching their favourite programme at work. Seven per cent have even left a wedding or funeral early to catch a much-loved show.

More than one in 10 of us have fallen out with friends or family due to our TV watching habits, with that figure rising to one in five for 16-25 year olds. Bad reactions to missing a beloved show include sulking all night (12 per cent), blaming your partner (7 per cent), throwing the remote control (4 per cent) and even crying (2 per cent). Two per cent of us have even tried to lie about having seen a programme, just to keep up with conversation.

Sherlock is the top programme viewers don’t want to miss, with Doctor Who and Coronation Street coming second and third. Fourth is period drama Downton Abbey and comedy Mrs. Brown’s Boys is fifth.

Research was released to coincide with the launch of Freesat’s new app that comes with a TV guide to help viewers plan what they want to watch.

Paul Gilshan, Marketing Director of Freesat, said: “We know that TV is important to the British public but we were surprised to see some of the lengths that we’ll go to, to avoid missing our favourite shows.”

“People should know that they don’t need to be chained to their TV to enjoy their unmissable programmes – with On Demand and our new Freesat App you can enjoy the best of both worlds – recording remotely from wherever you are, so no more missing a friend’s wedding for The Voice again.”

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