As sales of TV sets soared by 60% during the week Boris Johnson announced the lockdown**, and news broke of Netflix receiving a whopping 16 million new signups since the start of the year***, bingeing on TV series has become our new favourite pastime during lockdown. Eager to learn more about what we’ve been watching since stay-at-home measures were introduced, Hisense conducted some research to find out what’s really made our TV habits tick!


In the last couple of months, a number of shows available on streaming service Netflix have become viral sensations, and none more so than Tiger King, which came out comfortably ahead of the likes of Stranger Things and Too Hot To Handle in our survey. It’s no surprise that our research found that a quarter of Brits (23%) have already made their way through the bizarre world of Joe Exotic and Carole Baskin.

Top 5 TV shows people are loving during lockdown:

  • Tiger King
  • Stranger Things
  • After Life
  • Sex Education
  • The English Game


Tigers aside, the results also revealed that many of us are craving a good laugh during lockdown. More than two thirds (68%) of Brits regard ‘entertainment’ as the biggest influence for their TV viewing choices during lockdown, trumping other factors such as ‘motivation’ and ‘information about the pandemic’.

Despite ‘nostalgia’ not coming out on top as the biggest driver, it’s the classics that are still providing us with the laughs after all these years, with more than 4 in 5 (84%) respondents wanting to see British comedies Only Fools & Horses and Fawlty Towers back on our screens.

It seems the boom in garden isolation activities – from growing your own veg patch and tending to the flower beds, to starting a kitchen herb garden – is also reflected in our TV comeback wishes, with a quarter (25%) of us wanting to pick up some tips from 1970s sitcom The Good Life.

Top 5 classic British comedy Brits would you most like to watch again?

  • Only Fools and Horses
  • Fawlty Towers
  • The Good Life
  • Dad’s Army
  • The Office


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* Data source: 2018 IHS 4K TV shipments*********Marketing Week