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Downton Abbey voted most popular TV show of last 10 years

Downton Abbey

Story by Jack Foley

DOWNTON Abbey has been crowned the best show of the past 10 years in a new poll.

The survey, conducted to mark the 10th anniversary of Freeview, saw The Inbetweeners and Sherlock come second and third.

Freeview’s poll was designed to examine the biggest developments in TV since it launched in 2002.

Other shows that did well included The Apprentice and The X Factor, which rounded out the top five, and Channel 4’s Come Dine With Me, which finished sixth.

Gavin & Stacey, Planet Earth and Dancing on Ice also placed in the top 10.

The most important technological development, according to the survey, has been the introduction of TV catch-up services such as BBC iPlayer, ITV Player and 4oD and the availability of digital TV recorders such as Freeview +.

Commenting on the results, Ilse Howling, MD of Freeview, said: “From Downton to Dragon’s Den, Sherlock to Shameless, the last 10 years have been a golden era for TV viewers.

“Now that Digital Switchover has been completed, the whole country can receive Freeview and Freeview HD which means universal access to the most-watched TV shows without the need for a subscription.

“The rapid pace of technological change has offered viewers greater choice in how and when they choose to watch their favourite programmes, and dramatically improved the viewing experience.

“Our focus for the next decade will be to continue to bring people vibrant and high quality TV for free, in the format they want by making technology accessible.”

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