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Anglia's Sale of the Century among most-watched shows in 80 years of British telly

Sale of the Century was made by Anglia Television for ITV from 1971-1983 Photo: ITV Anglia

The Sale of the Century quiz made by Anglia Television has made it into the top 20 list of most-watched shows in 80 years of British TV.

The programme was presented by veteran broadcaster Nicholas Parsons from 1971 until 1983 and was made famous by its catchphrase: "And now from Norwich, it's the quiz of week...."

A chart of the 20 most-watched television programmes has been compiled by the Press Association to mark the 80th anniversary of the start of television in the UK.

An episode of Sale of the Century on 19 November 1977 had 20.6 million viewers putting at joint 20th place in the list.

Sale of the Century was made by Anglia Television for ITV from 1971-1983 Credit: ITV Anglia

The oldest programme to appear in the chart is an edition of the Royal Variety Performance transmitted by ITV on November 10 1963, which featured a performance by The Beatles.

Light entertainment dominates the chart, with three-quarters of the places filled by comedies, variety shows or quizzes.

Other programmes include the 1995 Panorama interview with Diana, Princess of Wales and the 1980 episode of US soap opera Dallas that revealed who shot oil tycoon JR Ewing.

Click below to watch the opening moments of a Sale of the Century programme from April 1982

BBC sitcom Only Fools And Horses topped the chart.

Just over 24 million people tuned in for the episode broadcast on December 29 1996, in which David Jason's Del Boy finally got rich after auctioning an antique watch.

A total of four episodes of Only Fools And Horses appear in the top 20, along with favourites such as Morecambe And Wise, Coronation Street and the Royal Variety Performance.