What we watch is where we go

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Sarah Lund and one of her famous faroe jumpers

Sarah Lund and one of her famous faroe jumpers

ABTA has suggested that watch we watch on TV or at the cinemas will have an effect on where we might go on holiday.
The Guardian says that the popular Danish detective TV series, The Killing, has already seen an increase of 50,000 British visitors to Denmark and remember how many Faroe Island jumpers were sold at the time of the first series? David Attenborough’s Frozen North has resulted in lots of travel agency enquiries about holidays to both the Arctic and Antarctica. With a two hour Christmas Downton Abbey due on Christmas Day, might Highclere House (where it is filmed) see even more visitors than it did in this year?
So what is on that might attract us? Will more of us think of India after the Top Gear special on travelling in the country? Or will we head to Sweden when the English language version of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo opens at the cinema? ABTA thinks so.
Will tonight’s Lapland make us think of Scandinavia? Will the flurry of Jane Austen programmes make us think of Alton or Bath? Or will Miranda Hart’s trip with Bear Grylls to Switzerland make us plan a trip to the Alps? True, Terry Wogan’s earlier series on Ireland seems to have boosted visitor numbers there but what works and what doesn’t? Obviously the reruns of Porridge are unlikely to encourage us to visit old gaols around our countries and Deal or No Deal may not be the clincher in deciding to visit a panto but Madagascar; Escape 2 Africa and Ice Age 3 might make us think further afield.
And there is always Dickens. With so many exhibitions celebrating the author’s 200th birthday next year, the start of Great Expectations containing two of the most interesting creations of the author – Miss Havisham and Magwitch- might intrigue us to go to Portsmouth, Kent and London. Me? I might settle for another viewing of Morecambe and Wise and a trip to Luton or Peterborough.

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