BT breaks down recipe for “perfect TV episode”

Downton Abbey’s season three, episode five

Downton Abbey’s season three, episode five

To celebrate the launch of BT TV’s new offering, BT claims to have cracked the code for the most unmissable TV episode.

According to the analysis of the top 50 most popular shows from the last decade, a large pinch of drama is a must for the perfect TV episode at 65 per cent. Yet it’s not drama that ensures a hit with viewers, the Unmissable TV Code is exactly

1. 65 per cent drama

2. 12 per cent shocks and surprises

3. Nine per cent comedy

4. Eight per cent action

5. Six per cent romance

More than half (59 per cent) of TV fans agree that drama is the component that makes a TV programme truly unmissable, while for  44  per cent, shocks and surprises are the most important.

The top 25 most popular episodes were analysed by TV expert Boyd Hilton, and experts at Bournemouth University’s Media School for their makeup of drama, comedy, shocks and surprises, action and romance. The findings reveal Sybil’s death in Downton Abbey’s season three, episode five was the episode closest to the ‘Unmissable TV Code’ with 78 per cent drama, seven per cent shocks and surprises, two per cent comedy, seven per cent action and six per cent romance.

Other winners were:

The most dramaticThe Walking Dead: No Sanctuary (Season five, episode one) – 98 per cent drama

The most shockingGrey’s Anatomy: Sanctuary season six, episode 23 and Dexter: Seeing Red season one, episode 10 – both with 23 per cent shocks and surprises

The most action-packedDesperate Housewives: Bang season three, episode seven – 33 per cent action

The most romanticSex and the City: An American Girl in Paris: Part Deux season six, episode 20 – 28 per cent romance

The most laughsModern Family: Hawaii season one, episode 23 – 74 per cent comedy

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