DEJA VIEW! We all love to watch re­peats says BBC boss

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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

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