Glasgow named as ‘true crime TV capital’ of the UK

A survey also found Edinburgh to be the biggest comedy fans.

Glasgow named as ‘true crime TV capital’ of the UK iStock

Glasgow is the true crime capital of the UK, with more than half of TV viewers in the city saying they are fans of the genre.

Research by Virgin Media also found Edinburgh to be the biggest fans of comedy, Cardiff to be the main soap opera hub and Leeds home to the most avid sport watchers.

The survey was commissioned to mark the last week of voting for the must-see moment award at the TV Baftas.

It found viewing habits are being shaped by social media, with 31% of Britons surveyed saying they are more likely to watch a show if they have seen an online meme about it – such as the smug detective Patricia Carmichael from Line Of Duty.

The survey also found geographic differences in TV tastes.

In Cardiff, 41% of those surveyed said they are soap opera fans, a higher percentage than anywhere else in the country and 55% Glaswegians saying the watch true crime shows, while 39% of respondents in Leeds said they are most likely to watch sport.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Edinburgh, home of the Festival Fringe, is the UK’s comedy capital. Of those surveyed, 57% said they enjoy watching comedy shows on TV.

In Plymouth, 76% said they enjoy a gripping drama series while in Cambridge 66% said they prefer documentaries.

According to the survey, viewers from Sheffield emerged as the biggest fans of game shows with 46% of respondents enjoying the genre, while 46% of people from Leicester like to unwind with cookery programmes.

Mancunians are the most likely to enjoy watching home improvement programmes, according to 24% of those surveyed, while 36% of viewers from Newcastle said they prefer shows the family can enjoy together.

Overall, drama is the nation’s favourite TV genre, with 62% saying they cannot resist a gripping TV show, according to the survey.

Voting for the Virgin Media must-see moment is online at and closes on Monday May 24 at 5pm.

The Bafta TV Awards are set to take place on June 6.

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