Quick, find a sofa. Now hide behind it.
A new study has revealed the TV shows and films most likely to give UK viewers nightmares, with Crimewatch proving the biggest offender on the small screen
Yes, the Kirsty Young-fronted, not-at-all-fictional BBC series shown every now and again clearly involves so much suburban horror that it deters the general public from enjoying a solid night’s sleep, even topping even the likes of American Horror Story (pictured) and The Walking Dead in the list.
Another non-fictional show (though that’s debatable) to figure highly was Most Haunted, coming in second place. 'The news' also scored highly with those quizzed, appearing in eight place, doubtlessly down to the constant sludge of war reporting and close-up shots of Nigel Farage.
Over 2,000 people across Britain were polled by Slumberdown on what visual entertainment before bed troubled their sleep the most, after a separate study found 61 per cent of Brits have struggled to sleep after watching something scary before heading to bed.
As for the films, there were few surprises with The Exorcist, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Paranormal Activity, The Shining and Poltergeist filling the top five most likely to have people waking up in a sweaty, panic-stricken mess.
The full list for both TV and films is below. It's just surprising Noel’s House Party didn't feature. We're getting goosebumps just thinking about it.
20 most likely TV shows to give UK viewers nightmares
The Walking Dead
American Horror Story
Autopsy The Last Hours of…
Strange But True
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Top 20 films to give UK viewers nightmares
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
The Silence of the Lambs
A Nightmare on Elm Street
The Blair Witch Project
The Sixth Sense
The Woman in Black
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