British TV fans most proud of Doctor Who

But Simon Cowell's The X Factor leaves the nation hanging their heads in shame according to a new poll

It’s been a proud year for Britain – what with the Olympic Games and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, all nicely rounded off by a Royal Baby. But aside from our undeniable patriotism, us Brits have found pride in another source… Doctor Who.


Following a new poll to determine the TV programme the nation take most pride in, Matt Smith and co came out top of the pile with an impressive 48% of voters saying they felt proud of the BBC’s sci-fi series. Hot on its heels with a competitive 44% is period drama Downton Abbey – which has just come to the end of its third series. Both shows have been successfully exported worldwide, enjoying considerable success in the US, while home fans are eagerly awaiting their forthcoming Christmas specials.

In the battle of the soaps, the nation has staked its allegiance with ITV’s Coronation Street which 34% of the nation take pride in – that’s 11% higher than its BBC rival EastEnders which scored a mere 24%.

But while the Doctor and Lord Grantham are objects of our affection, Simon Cowell’s reality juggernaut The X Factor makes us hang our heads in shame with just one in five voters (20%) stating they were proud of the talent show. Rylan Clark can probably shoulder the blame for that result…


The poll carried out by home phone and broadband provider Plusnet, questioned 2,000 people across the UK. Plusnet CEO Jamie Ford said, “It has been fascinating to see the results of this survey and see exactly what it is that makes Britain proud.”