It’s a familiar cry in many Huddersfield households: “There’s nothing on telly”.
But now a new survey shows just what we do like to watch on the box.
Huddersfield’s most valued television programmes have been revealed today by TV Licensing.
The organisation, which this year marks the 70th year since the introduction of the first combined radio and TV Licence, has examined Twitter mentions of “worth the licence fee” over the past year to draw up a list of the most popular programmes across the country.
And it seems the gritty police drama Happy Valley, filmed extensively in Huddersfield and Calderdale, is up there with the best of them. It came third in the list.
There was also a place in the Top 10 for DIY SOS which last year featured a special show from the Holmbridge home of stroke victim Richard Ford.
Viewers increasingly turn to social media sites such as Twitter to discuss their TV preferences, and in the past year more than 300 individual BBC programmes and services have been linked to the value of the Licence Fee.
Popular programmes with Huddersfield viewers included Eurovision, War and Peace and Panorama, as well as Happy Valley.
Dramas and nature documentaries are the genres driving online engagement in Huddersfield according to data gathered by TV Licensing, with thousands of appreciations for shows and programmes viewers deem “worth the licence fee”.
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TV Licensing spokesman Matthew Thompson said: “Twitter is a powerful way of sharing your appreciation of your favourite show and the data indicates just how important these landmark TV shows are to Licence Fee payers.”
The Night Manager, the show that had everyone hooked on the antics of arms dealer Richard Roper, proved to be most popular with Twitter users across the whole of the UK taking first place for unique mentions of a TV series (492 mentions).
Sir David Attenborough’s documentary series “The Hunt” also claimed one of the top spots, with more than 570 Twitter users declaring the programme, or the broader work of the veteran broadcaster, worth their Licence Fee alone.
When first introduced on June 1, 1946, the licence covered the monochrome-only single-channel BBC television service and cost £2. Radio-only licences were abolished in February 1971. The current cost of a TV licence is £145.50 per year.
The top 10 programmes deemed “worth the licence fee” by viewers across the UK
1. The Night Manager (492 mentions)
2. The Hunt (403 mentions)
3. Happy Valley (241 mentions)
4. BBC Proms (166 mentions)
5. Panorama (156 mentions)
6. Strictly (123 mentions)
7. DIY SOS (106 mentions)
8. Line of Duty (106 mentions)
9. Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owner (100 mentions)
10. War & Peace (97 mentions)
Example verbatim Tweets from Huddersfield:
· Amazing!! What a brilliant series, worth the TV licence alone!! #WarAndPeace
· RT @ChrisGPackham: Worth the licence fee alone @BBCPanorama - real news about real tax criminals - but will it change? #panamapapers