Around 89% of people spent UK lockdown watching TV or films - The Body Shop survey reveals

During UK lockdown are you one of the 89% of people spending more time tuned in to their TV?

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UK lockdown has resulted in many of us being stuck indoors for most of 2020 and now a second lockdown has started, even more of us will be turning to the TV for our entertainment.

Well it's a good there are some great Black Friday deals when it comes to helping us save some extra cash in the run up to Christmas.

The Body Shop has carried out a survey to learn about our lockdown habits during and after, and it had some surprising findings...

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  • Most spare time was spent watching TV or streaming shows and films - with 89% of the population engaged in watching TV in the UK with an increased monthly spend of £1.44.
  • Each person spent approximately 92 extra minutes were spend per month watching TV or film.
  • Meanwhile an additional 46 minutes a month were spent playing video games - amounting to 47% of the population spending an extra £2.06 a month.
  • Those who experimented with being green-fingered spent 84 minutes more than usual in the garden.


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With most of us saving money on commuting to work, more money has been spent on hobbies such as painting, playing instruments, writing and listening to music - to name but a few.

Gardening saw the largest increase in spending across all hobbies, with an average increase of £5.69 per person each month. No doubt those gardeners will be hunting down the Black Friday Christmas Tree deals.

Those who prefer to light a candle from the Black Friday Yankee Candle sale and sit down with a good book, spent an extra 63 minutes reading and £1.97 on books each month than before lockdown.

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And not forgetting those of us who realised we needed new baking / cooking sets after finding a new love of food. Check out these Black Friday Le Creuset deals if you need to revamp your kitchen for lockdown part two.

With an average of people spending an extra 77 minutes in the kitchen - each buying £3.98 worth of extra ingredients a month there was £270m spent across the UK.

And as Christmas approaches, no doubt even more of us will be looking for some great films to fill our time with - aside from wrapping presents of course!

Selina Maycock
Selina Maycock

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer with more than 14 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently looks after all things Entertainment for GoodtoKnow, Woman&Home and My Imperfect Life.

Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. Having spent the start of her career working on local newspapers and online, Selina spent six years as Acting News Editor and Entertainment Reporter at the Scunthorpe Telegraph where she dug into hard news stories, conducted interviews, covered court reporting, features, and entertainment, whilst going to gigs in her spare time.

Whilst at the paper she was awarded an O2 Media Judges' Special Award for helping a terminally ill cancer sufferer realise his dying wish and marry his childhood sweetheart through a successful newspaper campaign. Things like this are close to her heart when it comes to using journalism to make a positive difference in people's lives.

Selina later branched further into all things celebrity to became a Showbiz Writer at Heat magazine, covering red carpet events, showbiz parties, and various launches before going freelance for two years. One of her biggest celebrity achievements - aside from generating celebrity exclusives - was interviewing Take That (including Robbie Williams) and bumping into Simon Cowell so much at events she told him 'I'm calling you my showbiz dad!'

In 2017 she joined TI Media as a senior reporter on Woman, Woman's Own, Woman&Home, Woman's Weekly celebrity desk before branching online in 2020 when Future gave her the opportunity to focus on digital-first.

When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.