- The post was most popular on December 25, with 7.84 million people tuning in.
Charles was crowned king of the Christmas TV ratings after the documentary about his first year as monarch was the most-watched show on Boxing Day.
It comes after his Christmas Day message was the most popular show on December 25, with 7.84 million people watching at 3pm.
Charles III: The Coronation Year, first broadcast on BBC1, was based on “unprecedented behind-the-scenes access” to the coronation preparations and was watched by 3.7 million viewers.
It beat Death In Paradise and EastEnders on the same channel and Coronation Street and Vera on ITV to become the most watched show on 26 December.
The programme, written and co-produced by the Mail’s Robert Hardman, had exclusive access to the King and Queen Camilla. It also featured ideas from family and friends.
Narrated by actress Helena Bonham Carter, the program featured candid moments including Charles, moments before leaving for his coronation, flapping his velvet and ermine state robes and laughing: “I can fly!”
This is the first time a crew has had such close access to the royal family in preparation for such an important national event. Meanwhile, The King’s Christmas Speech – broadcast on BBC1, BBC2, ITV, ITV+1, ITV3, Sky News and GB News – beat the Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special and Doctor Who on BBC1, which respectively attracted 5.29 million viewers and 4.73 million. .
In his speech, Charles delivered a message of peace and compassion for a troubled world.
Faced with the “tragic conflict” in Gaza and Ukraine, he cited the Bible to call for “peace on Earth and good will for all”. He also urged us to protect the Earth while praising how communities come together in times of unrest.
Standing next to a “living tree” covered in eco-friendly decorations that will later be replanted, he said: “Caring for this creation is a responsibility that falls to people of all faiths and none.
“We care for the Earth for the sake of our children’s children. Over the course of my life, I have been very pleased to see a growing awareness of how we must protect the Earth and our natural world as the one home we all share. I find great inspiration today in the way so many people recognize this – much like the Christmas story, which tells us that the angels first brought the message of hope to the shepherds.
“These were people who simply lived among other creatures of God. Those close to nature were privileged that night.
His festive show, produced this year by ITV, featured footage of environmental events during a state visit to Kenya in November.
The speech was also woven with references to his coronation in May and footage from the event featured heavily, showing Charles, Camilla, the Prince and Princess of Wales and their three children.
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