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12/28/2006 11:39:00 pm - Reported by Marcus

The BBC One controller, Peter Fincham, has praised the success of Doctor Who as part of the BBC One Christmas schedule. In an interview with the BBC Staff magazine Ariel, Mr Fincham said

'BBC One has been at the top of its game this Christmas. Overall viewing levels are up, our performance in peak is 11% higher than last year, but most of all we've had a wonderful schedule of programmes that audiences love - Doctor Who, EastEnders, The Vicar of Dibley, Strictly Come Dancing and Little Britain have proved an irresistible combination.

'What this shows is that family viewing is alive and well and in excellent health. There's lots more to come over the festive season, which is showing once again that when the family gets together, BBC One is the place to be.'

Ariel has also published a list of Top 10 Christmas Day programmes, based on peak five minute figures.

Vicar of Dibley - 12.3m
EastEnders part 2 - 11.7m
EastEnders part 1 - 10.4m
Coronation Street (ITV1) - 10.3m
Doctor Who 9.2m
Doc Martin (ITV1)- - 9m
Little Britain Abroad - 8.7m
Emmerdale (ITV1) - 7.9m
Strictly Come Dancing - 7.8m
6pm news - 6.4m