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Knickerless Stone tops TV's most paused moments list

Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct

Story by Jack Foley

SHARON Stone’s infamous “did she or didn’t she” flashing scene in Basic Instinct has topped a poll of the UK’s most paused TV moments.

The screen siren’s uncrossing and crossing of her legs during a police interrogation scene in Paul Verhoeven’s thriller proved to be the TV moment that had Brits reaching for the pause button, from the worlds of film, sports, comedy, music and news.

It narrowly beat Sir Geoff Hurst’s “did he or didn’t he” crossbar influenced strike in the 1966 World Cup Final.

The poll of 1,500 TV addicts was commissioned to mark the launch of Freeview Playback, a new digital TV recorder that allows viewers to pause, record and rewind live TV – but without the need for a subscription.

The recorder includes one-touch recording from an eight-day TV guide, pause and rewind live TV and the ability to store up to 125 hours of programmes. For a one-off payment, Freeview Playback will allow people to watch and record over 40 free channels including ITV2, E4, Film4, CBeebies and BBC Three, with no subscription.

Further classic TV moments that demanded spots in the final freeze frame list were Delboy Trotter falling through the bar during the classic Yuppy Love episode of Only Fools and Horses and Maradona’s notorious “Hand of God” goal against England in the 1986 World Cup Quarter Finals in Mexico.

John Prescott’s instinctive left hook after an egg in the face from a voter and Judy Finnigan nearly exposing all at the National TV Awards also featured prominently in the top 10 – as did Jarvis Cocker’s famous bum waggling at Michael Jackson during the 1996 Brits.

The Top 10 most paused TV moments of the past 40 years are…

1. Sharon Stone uncrossing and crossing her legs in Basic Instinct 1992 (20%)

2. Sir Geoff Hurst’s cross bar influenced goal in the 1966 World Cup Final (14%)

3. David Jason falling through the bar as Delboy in Only Fools and Horses 1989 (12%)

4. Maradona’s Hand of God goal against England in the 1986 World Cup Quarter Final (11%)

5. John Prescott punching the man who threw an egg at him (2001) (10%)

6. Colin Firth emerging from the lake in Pride and Prejudice 1995 (9%)

7. Judy Finnigan very nearly goes topless at National TV Awards 2000 (7%)

8. Patrick Swayze nudity in Dirty Dancing 1987 (6%)

9. Jarvis Cocker waggling his bum at Michael Jackson at the 1996 Brits (5%)

10. Stormtrooper in Star Wars bangs its head when entering the control room 1977 (4%)

Just missing out on the top 10 was the cast of the Full Monty doing the ‘Full Monty’ and the now infamous Guy Goma, with his ‘rabbit in headlights’ facial expression on BBC News 24. He was introduced live on air as a technology expert, when he had actually turned up expecting to be interviewed for a job in the BBC’s IT Dept (2006).

The remaining moments to make the top 20 were…

11. Lead actors do the “Full Monty” in The Full Monty (1997)

12. Guy Goma’s expression on BBC News 24 when he was introduced as a technology expert. He had actually gone for an interview for a job in the IT Dept (2006)

13. Naomi Campbell falls over on the catwalk (2000)

14. The kiss between Sarah Michelle Geller and Selma Blair in Cruel Intentions (1998)

15. Oatso Simple ad where Windy Miller’s uncle accidentally flashes his wedding tackle

16. Boeing 747 flies over Brad Pitt’s head in Troy (2004)

17. When a ghost is apparently visible on set in Three Men and a Baby (1987)

18. Janet Jackson’s nipple slip during the 2004 Superbowl half time entertainment

19. Stuart Pearce’s reaction to scoring in the penalty shoot out against Spain in Euro 1996

20. George Galloway imitating a cat on Celebrity Big Brother 2006

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