But the award-winning dramas and family friendly shows were rivalled this year by one of the more unexpected hits of Christmas – a Bros documentary on BBC4.
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Titled After the Screaming Stops, the film follows the life and work of twin brothers Matt and Luke Goss, who had a brief reunion in 2017 in the hope of reliving the glory days of the 80s.
The one-off doc intended to be “a raw and emotional look into the aftermath of fame and the reconnection between two twins torn apart by their past” – and, well, it’s really something…
While less than 250,000 people tuned in for its initial broadcast on 23rd December, many have discovered the documentary – described by one critic as “Part David Brent, part Alan Partridge and part Metallica” – in the post-Christmas haze… and loved it.
Fans have since flocked to Twitter to share some of the film’s best/worst moments…
The Bros documentary last night was beyond brilliant. Still laughing this morning. “He’s a rectangle. I am a rectangle. Together we are a square…that’s a fortress”.
— Lindsey Pasifull (@pasifull) December 24, 2018
Watching the Bros documentary. Matt Goss: “H.O.M.E – those letters are incredibly important. They are the personification of home.”
— Steve O'Brien (@MrsSteveMOBrien) December 25, 2018
The Bros documentary
“It’s because of Stevie Wonder I made a conscious decision not to be superstitious”
This is gold.
— Christian Talbot (@TheTall_Bot) December 24, 2018
Viewers were struck by whether the film was genuinely meant to be serious, or intended as an The Office style mockumentry.
— Christian Price (@christianprice) December 25, 2018
Genuinely, this Bros documentary is amazing. It's better than the Office pic.twitter.com/AOIDgeZpKs
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) December 26, 2018
While comedian Al Murray hailed it “the greatest gift you can give this year”.
The Bros documentary is the greatest gift you can give this year
— Al Murray – DKMS.ORG.UK (@almurray) December 25, 2018
And he’s not the documentary’s only celebrity fan…
Everything you've seen tweeted about the Bros documentary is true. pic.twitter.com/BMZfYzq0N9
— Danny Baker (@prodnose) December 27, 2018
If you haven't already seen it, make sure you treat yourself to the Bros documentary.???????? pic.twitter.com/N6NvIPMpu6
— kath ????????❄️????????✊???? (@KathyBurke) December 27, 2018
I need to watch the Bros documentary, don’t I?
— rufus jones (@rufusjones1) December 25, 2018
For those of you who haven’t managed to catch any of the buffoonery, After the Screaming Stops is still available to air on BBC iPlayer.