Brits turn to telly classics such as Dad’s Army for comfort during lockdown

BRITS are turning to telly classics such as Dad’s Army for comfort during lockdown, new streaming figures show.

The 1970s comedy, with Captain Mainwaring leading a war-time Home Guard unit, is among nostalgic shows to have seen a major spike in viewers.

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Brits are turning to telly classics such as Dad’s Army for comfort during lockdown, new streaming figures show
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Figures from Now TV show that in the past ten days Dad’s Army’s popularity has gone up 211 per cent.

Other old British favourites have also seen huge leaps — with 87 per cent more viewers for Only Fools and Horses.

Modern US classics, including The Wire and The Sopranos, are also seeing a resurgence with viewers now having the time to watch box sets.

Brits are getting their fix of dystopian movies too, with streaming of classic comedy disaster movie Simon Pegg’s Shaun of The Dead rocketing 108 per cent and Will Smith’s I Am Legend jumping 96 per cent, both reaching the top 15 watched movies on the service since lockdown began.

Marina Storti, Managing Director, NOW TV, said: “It’s no surprise Brits are turning to their TV for comfort.

“When you can’t always see your friends and family, an iconic character, like Del Boy and Rodney, or Captain Mainwaring, are the next best thing to a familiar face and a little ‘home comfort’.

“Now’s the time our customers are catching up on all the brilliant classics, helping to make their time at home that much more exciting.”

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