Come Dine With Me has topped a Netflix survey, but the news isn’t good.
The reality competition, a true cornerstone of British society that has fed us plenty of memorable tantrums, has the highest carbon footprint of the streaming service, according to shocking data.
Recent seasons of the Channel 4 show, which debuted in 2005, are accessible to watch, as are spin-offs Couples Come Dine With Me and Come Dine Champion of Champions – but they are not free.
According to recent study, Come Dine With Me would need to plant 39 trees to offset emissions after emitting 25.73 kilos of CO2 and consuming 86kWh of power.
The Spin Genie UK team calculated the average carbon dioxide emissions of an hour spent watching TV by analysing the complete runtime of the programme and many other popular TV series available on Netflix UK.
Come Dine With Me takes the top rank, requiring fans to plant 39 trees over the following ten years to balance their carbon footprints if they binge-watched all 715 hours across 19 seasons.
The Big Bang Theory, Below Deck, Gilmore Girls, and The Vampire Diaries all require the planting of six trees to offset their emissions.
Orange is the New Black comes in third with five trees, followed by Friends, Gossip Girl, The Office, and Homeland, all of which come in fourth with four trees.
Meanwhile, Breaking Bad, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and The Crown are also to blame, with three trees need to be planted.
The survey also found that crime has a lesser carbon footprint than romance, reality, game shows, and cuisine, which take the top rank with a staggering 25.73kg of average carbon dioxide emissions.
Despite winning the vote, Come Dine With Me – and all of its turmoil – has proven to be a cult favourite, particularly with Gossip Girl actor Penn Badgley.
Give the person at Radio 1 who got Joe Goldberg to recite the “You Won Jane” Come Dine With Me scene a raise. pic.twitter.com/l3uvv48B9I
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) March 16, 2023
The You actor was introduced to ‘What a sad little life, Jane,’ and delivered admirably.
Despite his confusion, Penn repeated Come Dine With Me 2016 participant Peter’s famous spiel before questioning, ‘Is this scripted?’
He then couldn’t hold back the giggles watching the real version, adding: ‘I so much prefer your reality television’.
Come Dine With Me airs on Channel 4 and is available to watch on Netflix.