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Keeping Up Appearances keeping up sales

Classic sitcom Keeping Up Appearances is BBC Worldwide’s most frequently bought show over the last four decades, data to mark the 40th anniversary of its Showcase event reveals.

The comedy’s first series has been purchased 992 times across the globe since debuting 25 years ago. And it’s not just historic interest from buyers that has made Keeping Up Appearances a record breaker, it continues to appeal and has recently been acquired by broadcasters in Australia, Bulgaria, Ireland, Nigeria, Denmark and Latvia.

Paul Dempsey, President of Global Markets, said: “We are extremely proud of our heritage and back catalogue so it’s fun to look back into the archives and celebrate the enduring appeal of some of our classic shows. But, at the same time, it’s clear that the priority for today’s audiences is event TV with high-production values so it’s no coincidence that our current best sellers are premium dramas like Doctor Who and Sherlock, high-end entertainment shows like Strictly Come Dancing and Top Gear, and our world-renowned natural history programmes like The Hunt.”

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