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EASTENDERS ODDS-ON TO BE TOP CHRISTMAS PROGRAMME

Bookmaker Coral has opened betting on the most watched programme this Christmas, making Eastenders the 1-3 favourite to win the war of the ratings. Mrs Brown’s Boys is the second favourite at 6-1, while Coronation Street is 7-1 to come out on top.

ITV drama Downton Abbey has attracted money at 10-1 and punters are already predicting the storyline. Coral go even money that a main character is killed-off, while Bates is 4-1 to get arrested for killing Lord Gillingham’s valet.

“As the nation’s favourite shows go head-to-head this Christmas, we reckon Eastenders will attract the biggest audience for a second year running. However, with plenty of drama expected, Downton Abbey could give the Queen Vic crew a run for their money,” commented Coral’s Nicola McGeady.

** Top Christmas TV Programme

1-3 Eastenders, 6-1 Mrs Brown’s Boys, 7-1 Coronation Street, 10-1 Downton Abbey, 12-1 Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor, 20-1 Strictly Come Dancing Christmas Special, 28-1 Call The Midwife, 80-1 Toy Story 3, 100-1 bar.

**Downton Abbey Christmas Storyline Specials

1-2 Edith goes into labour
Evens A main character to die
2-1 Lady Mary to get engaged
4-1 Bates gets arrested for killing Lord Gillingham’s valet
6-1 Rose gets back with Jack Ross
33-1 Mr Carson & Mrs Hughes get engaged