Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Old favourites top ultimate TV poll

Sir Trevor McDonald was named top newsreader in a Radio Times poll

Move over The X Factor - former favourites such as Morecambe and Wise and Only Fools And Horses have been voted into the ultimate TV schedule.

Radio Times conducted a poll to create the ultimate evening on the small-screen and the only current shows to make the final list were the long-running Blue Peter and Doctor Who, in the children's and drama categories.

In news, Sir Trevor McDonald won, taking almost as many votes as the next four most popular nominees (Moira Stuart, Kenneth Kendall, Reginald Bosanquet and Fiona Bruce) combined.

Michael Palin topped the documentary section with his first globetrotting journey, Around The World In 80 Days (1989), just beating Sir David Attenborough's Life On Earth into second place.

The Morecambe And Wise Show won the entertainment vote, followed by another comedy duo The Two Ronnies. Strictly Come Dancing was next on the entertainment list, completed by Top Gear and I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! but there was no place for The X Factor.

Doctor Who, soon to star Peter Capaldi and now in its 50th year, was named top drama, beating current shows Sherlock and Downton Abbey into second and third place.

Eighties favourite Only Fools And Horses was named top comedy, with none of today's sitcoms completing the top five (Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, Dad's Army and Father Ted).

Almost 30,000 votes were cast in the poll, to mark the 90th anniversary special issue Radio Times.

The magazine's editor Ben Preston said: "Who wouldn't be tempted to stay home for a golden night of British television? Everyone had their say in this poll and the great British public have spoken, but am I the only person wondering how Wallace And Gromit and Fawlty Towers didn't win a place in Radio Times Hall Of Fame?"

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