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Drama dominates BBC iPlayer in record-breaking February

MUMBAI: BBC drama dominated another record-breaking month for BBC iPlayer in February, new data shows.

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.
The two-part drama ‘The Moorside’, starring Sheridan Smith, 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 two 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.

‘OJ: Made in America’ has also been performing well on BBC iPlayer since it won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature at the most recent Oscars ceremony, with over 600,000 requests in February alone.

The top ten best-performing episodes were:

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Controller of programming and daytime Dan McGolpin said, “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.”