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iPlayer daily requests hit record high

March 17, 2017

BBC drama dominated another record-breaking month for BBC iPlayer in February. As daily requests reached a record high of 9.9 million, drama shows achieved a clean sweep of BBC iPlayer’s most popular programmes, with every single one of the top 20 most popular shows being a drama.

Critically acclaimed two-part drama The Moorside was the most popular show of the month. Its first half was the most-requested programme in February with almost 2.5 million requests, while the second was the next most popular with almost 2 million requests.

Tom Hardy drama Taboo and Apple Tree Yard continued their strong performances to each get four episodes in the top 20 most-requested shows. New dramas also proved popular, with the first episodes of both US slave trade drama Roots and alternative history drama SS-GB each appearing in the top 20.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming and daytime, says: “BBC iPlayer’s popularity continues to grow as the appetite for high quality unmissable drama reached a record high in February with almost 10 million requests a day. New titles The Moorside and Roots joined Taboo and Apple Tree Yard as viewers continue to come to iPlayer to discover great stories at any time of the day or night.”

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