Finalised BARB figures have revealed that the BBC won the 2009 winter ratings battle hands down, after over 20 million viewers tuned in to see Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II transmogrify into a much younger monarch.
The BBC fired the first salvo over the festive period with their Eastenders Christmas special. Usually a dour and depressing affair, this year’s episode saw the entire cast commit suicide, leaving the public with 45 minutes’ worth of an eerily empty Albert Square. Most viewers appreciated the much-needed peace and quiet and ratings rocketed.
The Queen’s regeneration came as no surprise to hardened fans of the royal, with spoilers being leaked on the internet for months. However most assumed that the hotly-tipped Prince of Wales would take the starring role, not, as it transpired, Lady Helen ‘Melons’ Windsor.