Brits will go to extraordinary lengths to catch-up on their favourite TV shows, it has been revealed, with boxset-bingeing in the bathroom proving a particular favourite.
Research by BBC Store revealed more than half the country admits to regularly watching TV in the bathroom, either on a handheld device while on the loo or – for real luxury – streaming it via a laptop or tablet while in the bath.
Over half of viewers admit they use their mobile phone while on the loo, with one in seven doing this as part of their daily routine.
A quarter of respondents admit that they’ve sneaked away from housemates or members of their family to covertly watch a favourite programme, with comedy shows the favourite for streaming. While a fifth of dads often seek out the sanctuary of their shed or study to binge-watch their favourite shows.
A spokesperson for the BBC Store said: “Watching their favourite shows is more important to people than ever before, as these results prove.
“There’s almost nothing that can stop someone when they’re hooked on a must-see drama or comedy and clearly the bathroom proves a sanctuary for this.”
Even on holiday our love of great TV travels with us – more than one in ten have streamed a television programme while on the beach. And as many as one in seven will stream their shows while at the side of the pool, results showed.
Some of the more outlandish places that people have watched video online include at the doctor’s, the gym, shop changing rooms and even during a university lecture.
BBC Store’s spokesperson finished: “The world of TV can allow people to escape their real lives for an indefinite period of time, which is why people love to watch as much as they can.
“BBC Store is full of other worlds, eras and characters to get lost in – it’s no wonder people watch in such unusual places to catch up.”