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SIR DAVID'S CHASIN' 3m LOST VIEWERS; Bodyguard is right royal disaster.

Byline: Mark Jefferies

SIR David Jason's new sitcom The Royal Bodyguard has lost more than three million viewers in a week.

The first episode on Boxing Day was watched by around eight million - but many switched over end.

Disappointed fans flooded the BBC complaints about the Del Boy hero's latest slapstick caper. And on Monday night, things got worse - as the audience almost halved BC with est slapngs d to 4.8 million.

It was also easily beaten by ITV's Inspector Morse prequel Endeavour, which attracted 7.4 million.

Sir David, 71, has been panned over his role as Captain Guy Hubble, an ex-guardsman promoted from head of security at Buckingham Palace car park to be the Queen's bodyguard.

It is his first role in a comedy series for the BBC since Only Fools And Horses ended in 1991.

Viewer Susie Carr said on Twitter: "It's cringeworthy. Can hardly bear to watch. Car crash TV at its finest."

DREADFUL

Chloe Ford tweeted: "The Royal Bodyguard is dire. David Jason is better than this."

Michael Anderson said: "Seriously, how do shows as irredeemably dreadful as The Royal Bodyguard get commissioned?"

Insiders say it is unlikely to be given a second series.

A source said: "It's great to get Sir David back at the Beeb, but this was clearly the wrong project."

Downton Abbey was the most-watched show on Christmas Day.

Initial figures put EastEnders top with 9.92 million viewers, compared with 8.56million for ITV's period drama.

But 3.33 million of us recorded Downton, compared with just 1.41million for the BBC1 soap.

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