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UK TV Shows: Are Citizens Prouder Of 'Doctor Who' Or 'Downton Abbey'?

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"Doctor Who" is the TV series viewers in the United Kingdom are the most proud of, according to a new poll. The Doctor and his antics ranked above critical and awards show darling "Downton Abbey," reality competition "The X Factor" and other well-known British shows.

According to Radio Times, "Doctor Who" received 48 percent of the vote, four points ahead of "Downton Abbey's" 44 percent. Plusnet, and Internet and home phone provider, polled 2,000 people across the U.K. "Coronation Street" pulled in 34 percent of the vote, "EastEnders" grabbed 24 percent and "The X Factor" had 20 percent.

Both "Doctor Who" and "Downton Abbey" have become hits on the west side of the Atlantic Ocean, with BBC America airing "Doctor Who" and PBS the home of "Downton Abbey."

The 2012 "Doctor Who" Christmas special will air on BBC America at 9 p.m. EST on Christmas day. If you can't wait for the special, check out HuffPost TV'spreview post for tiny tidbits. "Downton Abbey" returns to PBS on Sunday, January 6.

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