Holy Christmas Batman! Del Boy is TV favourite

Poppy Bradbury

A classic Only Fools And Horses episode in which Del Boy and Rodney dress up as Batman and Robin has been named the most memorable Christmas TV moment in a poll.

The 1996 sequence when the pair dress up for a party which turns out to be a wake beat scenes from Wallace And Gromit and The Snowman.

Dawn French as the Vicar of Dibley eating four Christmas lunches and Dawn and Tim getting together in The Office also made the top 10.

Some serious moments also featured, with the moment when Den hands Angie divorce papers in EastEnders in 1986 ninth, according to the survey for TV channel Gold.

Paul Moreton, Gold's channel head, said: "Great TV is one of the pillars of what makes a fantastic Christmas and what unites families.

"I'm delighted to see that so many of the great classics are still the mainstay of so many people's seasonal viewing."

Animated children's film The Snowman, from 1982, was the oldest clip to make the top 10.

The results also showed more than half of those polled (52pc) believe Christmas TV was better in days gone by.

Top Moments

1. Only Fools and Horses: Heroes & Villains (1996) (Batman and Robin)

2. Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993)

3. The Snowman (1982)

4. Vicar of Dibley: Christmas episode (1996)

5. The Royle Family: Christmas special (1999)

6. The Office: Christmas special (2003)

7. Gavin and Stacey: Christmas special (2008)

8. Father Ted special (1996)

9. EastEnders (1986) (Den gives Angie divorce writ)

10. Doctor Who: Voyage Of The Damned (2007) (David Tennant kisses Kylie)