As the UK grapples with a second major wave of coronavirus, it was the Queen who helped bring the nation together around TV on Christmas Day.
In her annual speech, Her Majesty told the country that people “are not alone” struggling without friends and family absent during the holiday season. “Even on the darkest nights there is hope in the new dawn,” she added in a hopeful note.
The speech dominated the TV audience battle on Christmas Day after being watched by 8.2 million people across BBC One and ITV, according to overnight figures provided by nuit.tv.
This 8.2million will likely be Queen Elizabeth II’s biggest Christmas audience in some time. According to a website that brings together Christmas Day TV audiences, this could be his highest score in 18 years.
The audience was, however, well short of their last major speech to the nation at the height of the first wave of Covid-19. Some 24 million people watched this speech in April.
Elsewhere on Christmas Day, Call the midwife was second to the throne with 5.4 million viewers for BBC One. It was followed by a trio of BBC One entertainment shows: Blankety blank (5.3 M), Come strictly dance (4.9 million), and Michael McIntyre’s wheel (4.6 M).