BBC Worldwide content tops iTunes Rewind 2011
In iTunes’ retrospective 2011, BBC Worldwide content makes up a whopping 50 per cent of the most popular TV titles available to download. The top-selling series’ of the year include Top Gear at #3, classic comedy Fawlty Towers at #4, acclaimed crime drama Luther at #5, David Walliams and Matt Lucas’ comedy Come Fly with Me at #6 and I’m Alan Patridge at #10.
The first episode of comedy duo Matt Lucas and David Walliams’ mock documentary Come Fly with Me was the top-selling episode on iTunes in 2011. The hit series was also BBC Worldwide’s biggest-selling comedy title of the year. Also topping the episode sales charts on iTunes were BBC favourites including Outnumbered - Christmas Special, Doctor Who – End of Time Part 2, Top Gear – Bolivia Special and Sherlock – A Study in Pink.
Also from BBC Worldwide’s portfolio, Frozen Planet, the BBC’s breathtaking landmark series, was recognized by iTunes as the Best HD programme of the year. The programme is now BBC Worldwide’s fastest-selling Natural History title on DTO.
iTunes Rewind 2011 also celebrated Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy as the Most Timely Re-Release, The Shadow Line as the Darkest Crime Drama, Planet Dinosaur as the Best for Kids of All Ages, Eric & Ernie and Best Impersonation and Angry Boys was credited with Best Multi-Character Performance.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
BBC Worldwide Limited is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The company exists to maximise the value of the BBC’s assets for the benefit of the licence fee payer and invest in public service programming in return for rights. The company has six core businesses: Channels, Content & Production, Sales & Distribution, Consumer Products, Brands, Consumers & New Ventures and Magazines, with digital ventures incorporated into each business area. In 2010/11, BBC Worldwide generated profits of £160 million on sales of £1158 million and returned £182m to the BBC. For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review website: www.bbcworldwide.com/annualreview
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