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BBC reveals the most-watched iPlayer shows of 2017

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The BBC is reporting its best ever year for iPlayer, its on-demand video platform. According to the Beeb, use of the online streaming service is up 11% year-on-year, with users streaming 272 million programmes per month on average in 2017. That’s 3.3bn ‘requests’ to watch a show over the year.

“It’s been an extraordinary year for BBC iPlayer,” said Dan Taylor-Watt, head of BBC iPlayer. “Boxsets were extremely popular, audiences loved watching, and whether enjoying a new series, watching a currently airing programme or indulging in a classic archive show, viewers seem to love it.”

Here’s the top 10 most-requested iPlayer shows of 2017.

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10. Three Girls – Episode 2 (3,098,000 requests)

The second episode in the BBC’s dramatic retelling of the Rochdale underage sex abuse scandal was the tenth most requested show of the year. (BBC)

9. Apple Tree Yard – Episode 1 (3,112,000 requests)

Emily Watson and Ben Chapman headed up an star-studded cast in this violent 4-part thriller. (BBC)

8. Line of Duty – Series 4, Episode 1 (3,114,000 requests)

Thandie Newton’s DCI Roseanne Huntley found herself under investigation in the fourth series of the BBC’s hit police drama. (BBC)

7. Peaky Blinders – ‘The Noose’ (3,358,000 requests)

The Brummie crime epic returned and the Shelby family were in a state of disarray in the opening episode of the fourth series. (BBC)

6. Sherlock – ‘The Six Thatchers’ (3,445,000 requests)

The fourth season of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’s Sherlock started 2017 with a bang. (BBC)

5. Blue Planet II – ‘The Deep’ (3,560,000 requests)

David Attenborough took us to the depths of the ocean for the second episode of the Beeb’s flagship nature show. (BBC)

4. Three Girls – Episode 1 (3,588,000 requests)

This dramatised account of the Rochdale child sex abuse ring scandal played over three nights in May, with many opting to watch the harrowing story unfold online. (BBC)

3. Doctor Foster – Series 2, Episode 1 (3,677,000 requests)

Fans had to wait two years for the second series of the hit Suranne Jones drama, and they turned up in their droves to see how the show continued. (BBC)

2. Taboo – Episode 1 (4,464,000 requests)

Hollywood megastar Tom Hardy proved to be a big draw as millions tuned in online to watch the first instalment of his eight-part series, set in 1814. (BBC)

1. Blue Planet II – ‘One Ocean’ (4,768,000 requests)

Nearly 5 million people watched the opening episode of David Attenborough’s aquatic nature show on catch up.


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