Thursday 18 April 2013 by Spacey

Rise in unemployment boosts Thatcher funeral viewing figures

The number of people tuning in to Baroness Thatcher’s funeral was boosted by a sharp rise in people who don’t have a job to go to, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Figures show that daytime TV viewers rose by 70,000 to 2.56 million between December and February.

Viewers keen to watch the former prime minister go up in flames peaked shortly after the Jeremy Kyle show had finished on ITV, but tailed off briefly during an episode of Rastamouse on Cbeebies.

35 year-old blind-closer John Price revealed how Lady Thatcher’s funeral had made a nice change to the usual daytime TV schedule.

“I’d normally be watching a programme about people buying repossessed houses at auction, doing them up and selling them for lots of money,” he said.

“It was really nice to see people who profit from the misery of others looking sad for a change.

“Seeing George Osborne cry was quite probably the TV highlight of the year so far.”

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Viewing figures for the funeral are set to rival those set in 1986 under Lady Thatcher’s government when 30 million unemployed tuned in to EastEnders to watch Dirty Den serve Ange with divorce papers.

It is hoped that the similarities between Lady Thatcher and Dirty Den end there after the former Queen Vic landlord reappeared several years after everyone had thought he was dead.

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