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Liam.k.
post Dec 23 2020, 10:42 PM
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Christmas is a time for gifts, food, family - and, of course, TV cliffhangers.

Any soap worth its salt will feature the climax to big storylines during the festive period, with ruined weddings, tragic deaths and dramatic births usually par for the course.

Festive specials of our favourite TV shows are also good for endings that leave you wanting more.

But which is the best Christmas cliffhanger of all time?

Well, according to a new poll by UKTV's Drama Channel, that honour goes to - drum roll, please - of course, it's EastEnders' Dirty Den stunning wife Angie by serving divorce papers, after revealing he knew she had been faking a terminal illness.

The 1986 episode, which is one of the most watched British TV moments ever, with 30.1 million viewers, took almost a third (32%) of the vote.

Last year's Gavin & Stacey special, which left fans kept in the dark over Nessa's proposal to Smithy, came runner-up in the poll of 2,000 viewers, while a 2012 episode of Sherlock, in which the detective stepped off a hospital roof to his apparent death, came in third.

Sorry Corrie, but EastEnders also took fourth place, with its 2007 Christmas episode revealing Stacey and Max's affair. And completing the top five was a Downton Abbey episode in 2012, when Lady Mary gave birth before her partner Matthew was killed in a car accident.

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The best Christmas TV cliffhangers - UKTV Drama Channel poll

1) EastEnders, 1986 'Dirty' Den Watts surprises Angie with divorce papers
2) Gavin & Stacey, 2019 Nessa proposes to Smithy
3) Sherlock, 2012 Sherlock steps off hospital roof to his 'death'
4) EastEnders, 2007 Stacey and Max's affair is revealed on camera
5) Downton Abbey, 2012 Lady Mary gives birth before Matthew dies in car crash
6) Gavin & Stacey, 2008 Smithy begs Nessa not to marry Dave
7) Doctor Who, 2010 Wilf begs the Doctor not to die - before he regenerates
8) The Royle Family, 1999 Denise goes to hospital after bathroom labour
9) Coronation Street, 2010 The famous tram crash
10) EastEnders, 1995 Frank Butcher returns

According to UKTV, people in Britain typically spend at least six hours a day watching TV during the festive period.

Emma Ayech, channel director for drama said Christmas cliffhangers represent some of the most memorable moments in British TV history.

"TV has the power to tell stories that hook you in and keep you gripped, which is something the whole family can then come together to watch and enjoy," she said.

https://news.sky.com/story/eastenders-dirty...s-poll-12170021
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post Dec 23 2020, 10:49 PM
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How is the Doctor Who one a cliffhanger?? laugh.gif

It was very well publicised he was leaving and that was his final episode and then he regenerates a few minutes later!
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post Dec 23 2020, 10:51 PM
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Cliffhangers does seem an odd choice of wording for a few of those. EastEnders (the Max/Stacey affair) it happened throughout the episode didn't it? unsure.gif and I'm sure The Royle Family wasn't a cliffhanger either.
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post Dec 23 2020, 10:56 PM
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QUOTE(Advent Calumdar @ Dec 23 2020, 10:51 PM) *
Cliffhangers does seem an odd choice of wording for a few of those. EastEnders (the Max/Stacey affair) it happened throughout the episode didn't it? unsure.gif and I'm sure The Royle Family wasn't a cliffhanger either.

EastEnders Christmas 2007 was two episodes, the first ending with the DVD reveal and the second being the aftermath.

I do agree that 'cliffhangers' is an odd term to use when a lot of these weren't cliffhangers. It should be more "shock Christmas moments" or something.
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post Dec 24 2020, 04:41 AM
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If we're talking 'Christmas moments' rather than specifically 'cliffhangers', these are a few of my standouts from EastEnders:








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Always used to joke when a new story line started building in. March April time on east Enders that there would be a big climax at Xmas 😂
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