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Agatha Christie drama tops iPlayer requests in April

May 28, 2018

Agatha Christie murder mystery Ordeal By Innocence has proved a hit with BBC iPlayer audiences, becoming the most-viewed programme in April.

The first episode of the three-part thriller was the most popular programme in April, with almost 2 million requests. It was closely followed by the second episode, with 1.2 million requests.

BBC iPlayer continues to build on the previous year’s performance. April saw 277 million requests across the month, and 9.2 million daily requests, up on the same month last year.

Drama continues its strong year on BBC iPlayer, again dominating viewing in April. As well as Ordeal by Innocence, Come Home had a great month, with episodes one and two each getting more than 1 million requests. The Split and The Woman In White also did very well, alongside a typically strong performance from EastEnders, which 12 of the top 20 episodes of the month.

The only non-drama to break the top twenty episodes of the month was mockumentary series Cunk on Britain, which follows Philomena Cunk as she takes viewers on a journey through British history. Another strong performer for the month was three-part Stephen Lawrence documentary Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming for the BBC, says: “It’s our unique range of high quality British new programmes that keep people coming back to BBC iPlayer and April was no exception with top-requested drama series Ordeal By Innocence and Come Home, top-requested comedy series Cunk On Britain and top-requested documentary series Stephen: The Murder That Changed A Nation.”

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