Goldsmiths University and Smart Energy GB have joined forces to discover which British television show has the best green credentials.
The study analysed 45 of the UK’s most-watches shows, including EastEnders, Coronation Street and Love Island to assess everything from energy efficiency to positive and negative eco-behaviours.
Each show has been awarded a Red, Amber or Green rating – Green meaning the TV show and characters were seen taking eco-friendly actions, while Red means the TV show and characters are put the environment at risk.
The top-rated show, or the greenest, was Channel 4’s Grand Designs, which the research said frequently depicted recycling building materials. It was followed by Channel 4’s Fresh Meat which was praised for showing car pooling, and one of 2020’s most talked about series, Normal People, for the evident use of recycling and composting.
Shows in the green category also included Peppa Pig, Mrs Brown’s Boys and I May Destroy You.
Those described as having a satisfactory depiction of positive eco-representation but could still make improvements included Sherlock, Love Island, Line of Duty and Killing Eve.
Shows that the research found must do more to portray positive eco-representation included Broadchurch, The Inbetweeners, Brassic and Luther. The worst-performing show that the research looked at was Sky’s Gangs of London, which used luxury cars being driven at high speed around the capital.
The full report is available to download here.