Huge demand reported for 'The Mandalorian' in the UK for sci-fi fans on lockdown

Ben Arnold
Contributor
Pedro Pascal in The Mandalorian (Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney)

Since Disney+ landed in the UK, its flagship show The Mandalorian has proved a massive hit for sci-fi fans who are now on lockdown to slow the spread of coronavirus.

According to figures published by Observer.com, the Star Wars spin-off series is 34.95 times more in demand than other streaming series.

It's also number five overall most in-demand series online in the UK.

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So far, three episode of the show have been released on the UK platform, with the fourth, Sanctuary, directed by Bryce Dallas Howard, set to land this Friday.

The last episode of the first series will then land on 1 May.

The Mandalorian (Credit: Lucasfilm/Disney)

Timing has perhaps been key to the show's success on these shores, with Disney+ launching just as the self-isolating recommendations were imposed by the government.

Hype for the series has also been slowly building since the show debuted in the US in November last year, to widespread critical acclaim.

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It finds Game of Thrones star Pedro Pascal playing the masked bounty hunter of the title, who becomes the custodian of a young creature, the so-called 'Baby Yoda' or ‘the child’, after being tasked with retrieving it in the show's first episode.

Created by Jon Favreau, the show's second season began filming before the first had even aired, wrapping on March 8, just before many productions began to be wound up in the coronavirus lockdown.

It's set to premiere in October.