Mothers in control of festive viewing

Irish mothers are control freaks, taking charge of television viewing in almost half of family homes, a new survey revealed today.

A study of telly addicts in hundreds of households across the country has found that in 45% of homes mums keep a tight hold on the remote.

In around 30% of families dads get to choose, while in just under a quarter of homes the kids are given the chance to decide what to watch.

The survey of the nation’s Christmas viewing also revealed that Ireland’s favourite festive film is the 1971 kids fantasy Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory.

Dudley Moore’s Santa Clause – The Movie follows in a close second, while the timeless classic starring James Stewart, It’s A Wonderful Life, from 1946 takes third spot.

But telly addicts up and down the country were not too pleased with what was on offer over Christmas.

The survey showed less than a quarter of the country are happy with the programmes on TV over the festive period.

Some 77% of those surveyed said they were fed up with TV shows being repeated year after year and films being shown over and over.

Other favourite films watched in Irish homes over the festive season are Bad Santa, Scrooge, The Grinch and Home Alone.

The survey of 544 people and users of online dvd rental was carried out at the start of the month.

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