DEJA VIEW! We all love to watch repeats says BBC boss
A BBC boss has prompted ridicule after claiming that viewers “love repeats” at Christmas.
Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning, defended the corporation after it emerged that 73 per cent of BBC Two’s output over the festive season has been broadcast before.
In a move which will ring a bell with viewers, some 59 per cent of programmes scheduled for BBC One and BBC Two over Christmas are set to be re-runs. That is up from 50 per cent last year.
Ms Phillips said: “We do show repeats but we find that people love a bit of repeats because actually Christmas is all about tradition and family traditions – and when you go back home you do a lot of things the same way.
“You hate it if your parents change something. When I heard that BBC Two were showing The Good Life Christmas special again I was cock-a-hoop – because Margo Leadbetter with the newspaper hat on her head doing a homemade cracker is a great moment and you want to see it again and again.”
In all, 301 shows across the channels have been shown before, including The Vicar Of Dibley, Porridge, Dad’s Army and Morecambe And Wise.
For BBC Two alone, there are 209 re-runs out of 282 shows to be screened from December 22 to January 4.
Labour MP Jo Stevens, a member of the Commons Digital, Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, said: “It’s disappointing to hear that yet again this Christmas, BBC schedules will be full of repeat programmes.
“Licence fee payers expect more and if audiences are served up old
BBC controller Kate Phillips