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Slumdog Millionaire is most rented film of the year

Slumdog Millionaire
Slumdog Millionaire picked up eight Oscars this year.

Oscar-winning drama Slumdog Millionaire is the most requested film of 2009, according to rental company Lovefilm.

The Coen brothers' offbeat comedy Burn After Reading and Liam Neeson's thriller Taken were the next most-rented movies by film lovers.

Terry Pratchett adaptation The Colour of Magic also topped the chart as the most rented TV series, beating BBC comedy Gavin and Stacey.

The company's figures showed drama was the most popular genre for rentals.

Other Oscar winners including Wall-E and The Dark Knight made the top 10 list, as did nominees The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Changeling and The Reader.

Quantum of Solace and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas completed the list.

Researchers found viewers were also loyal to productions set in their home town, with Edinburgh-based film lovers most likely to watch Trainspotting.

Mancunians rented Tony Wilson biopic 24 Hour Party People most often and The Full Monty was more popular in Sheffield than anywhere else.

"Staying in has indeed become the new going out throughout 2009, but it has actually suited film fans down to the ground as they've been spoilt by some of the best films of the last few years," said Fliss White of Lovefilm.

"Whilst Slumdog Millionaire was the real winner this year across the nation's homes, the success of comedies like the Coen brothers' Burn After Reading shows that, despite the recession, us Brits are more than able to look on the brighter side of life."

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