MORE than a third of people will keep an eye on the TV while tucking into their Christmas dinner this year, according to research.
A poll for RadioTimes.com looked at how much time Britons spend watching the small screen on Christmas Day.
More than a third admitted that they always or sometimes fail to turn off the TV while enjoying their roast turkey and trimmings.
The research also found that 15 per cent will spend five to eight hours in front of the box, and 9 per cent more than an eight-hour stint tomorrow.
Around 35 per cent will sit down to between three and five hours, while 34 per cent will watch just one to three.
More than a third said that they could not live without TV on Christmas Day while wifi access and a smart phone were also deemed essentials.
Half said that they thought there are more TV repeats on Christmas Day than there were in the past.
The Queen’s Christmas message appears to be more popular this year – 46 per cent said they would not tune in for the occasion, down from 64 per cent last year. But only five per cent named the annual address as the Christmas TV they could not miss.
RadioTimes.com editor Tim Glanfield said: “Christmas is a time for family, but it’s also a time for great TV and movies and it seems nothing comes between some families and their festive viewing – not even Christmas dinner.”
Over 1,100 people were surveyed for the poll.