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Irish viewers vote Home Alone top Christmas Movie

Virgin Media research finds Downton Abbey to be ideal festive boxset

Home Alone is Ireland’s favourite Christmas movie, according to new research from Virgin Media, fending off competition from some festive classics.

The survey of 1,000 people, conducted by Amårach Research, sought to find the nation’s most loved Christmas Movies.

The antics of Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin McCallister remain popular, with Home Alone considerably ahead of both Miracle on 34th Street and The Santa Claus.

Modern family favourite Elf starring Will Ferrell and classic movie It’s a Wonderful Life completed the list of Ireland’s top five Christmas movies.

The classics viewers want to see

Shane Loughrey-Grant, Product Delivery Manager, Virgin Media Ireland, said the holiday season represents a great time to sit down and enjoy TV and movies.

“There is always some fantastic content across the schedules but it seems that some classics will always be on people’s lists,” he explained.

He added that box sets are increasing popular with families keen to sit down and watch back-to-back episodes of their favourite shows.

Downton Abbey took the crown for being the boxset that fans would most like to watch this Christmas.

The epic Game of Thrones took second spot ahead of Breaking Bad while Mrs Brown’s Boys and Love Hate completed the top five favourites.

The debate over Die Hard

Die Hard, which regularly appears in festive schedules, was not considered a Christmas movie by 66% of those questioned.

The action-packed thriller starring Bruce Willis as Detective John McClane was voted to be a festive film by just 17% of women and 38% of men.

Those aged between 25 and 34 were most likely to think of Die Hard as a Christmas film, as 45% of this age group were of that opinion.

The year’s best moments

The Virgin Media research found the Rugby World Cup Final to be the nation’s top TV moment of 2015, ahead of Ireland Qualifying for the European Championships in 2016.

Ireland’s victory over Germany in qualifying took third spot, beating the Game of Thrones Season 5 finale and the Late Late Toy Show.

Virgin Media customers can take advantage of the recently introduced Replay TV this Christmas, which enables Horizon TV customers to scroll back through the last seven days of TV, while the Startover function means viewers can restart a programme, even if they miss the beginning.

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