Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 23 July 2014

Downton and EastEnders set to clash

Downton Abbey and EastEnders clash in Christmas Day's TV schedules

High Society is pitched against the East End in a Christmas Day scheduling clash that sees viewers forced to choose between Downton Abbey and Albert Square.

The EastEnders special runs for an hour from 8.45pm - the same time the two-hour Downton starts over on ITV1.

The second hour of the show clashes with BBC One's Royle Family Christmas special.

Another clash sees an hour-long Coronation Street start at 7.30pm, putting it up against one of the BBC's biggest hitters Call The Midwife.

Last year, EastEnders triumphed in the head-to-head battle with Downton Abbey as BBC One kept with tradition by coming out on top in the Christmas Day ratings.

Viewing figures showed Walford proved a bigger draw than the Crawley family's estate, with an average audience of 9.9 million compared with the ITV1 show's 8.1 million (8.6 million including ITV1+1 viewers).

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