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Friday 18 Apr 2014

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BBC iPlayer celebrates a record-breaking 2010

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The BBC has today published the most popular TV and radio programmes of the year on BBC iPlayer.

  • BBC iPlayer celebrates its third birthday with record requests reaching 141 million during November, and over 1.3 billion throughout the year
  • Doctor Who was the most watched single programme of the year with 2.2 million requests for The Eleventh Hour, followed by the first episode of Top Gear series 15, with 1.6m and Sherlock – A Study In Pink on 1.4m.

Matt Smith's première as the Doctor in Doctor Who – The Eleventh Hour was named the most requested show of 2010 with 2.2 million plays. As BBC iPlayer approaches its third birthday on Christmas Day, a look back at 2010 shows it to be the most successful year to date – with a record-breaking 141 million monthly requests for TV and radio programmes in November.

Strong performances in 2010 were also seen for Outnumbered and the 25th anniversary EastEnders live episode in February. On radio, sports coverage took the top spots with Radio 5 Live's coverage of the England v Slovenia World Cup game, The Ashes and The Ryder Cup receiving the most requests.

Daniel Danker, General Manager, Programmes and On Demand, said: "BBC iPlayer has had a remarkable year – with well over 100 million requests for programmes each month of 2010 and over 1.3 billion programmes played through the year.

"In 2011 we will bring BBC iPlayer to even more licence fee payers, dramatically increasing our investment in BBC iPlayer on mobile and TV, and laying the foundation for an incredibly interactive London 2012 experience."

As part of the BBC's commitment to increase the reach of BBC iPlayer, the service is now available on around 40 different devices. For those who enjoy watching on-demand from the comfort of the living room, BBC iPlayer can be found on a range of TVs including Samsung, LG, and Sony Bravia, Blu-Ray disc players, Nintendo Wii and PS3 games consoles, and Virgin Media and Freesat set-top boxes. For those on the go, the BBC iPlayer mobile site can be accessed from phones and tablets including Apple iPads, iPhones and selected models of BlackBerry, Android, Nokia, Samsung, HTC and Sony Ericsson phones (For a full list of devices, see the BBC iPlayer Help Site).

With the Doctor Who Christmas Special, Upstairs Downstairs and Just William on TV, French And Saunders on Radio 2 or Ladies Of Letters on Radio 4, there's a great line-up across BBC this Christmas, and the only place to catch-up on anything you may have missed is BBC iPlayer.

Notes to Editors

TV Top 20: best-performing episode per title/series, 1 January 2010 to 17 December 2010

1 Doctor Who, Series 5, The Eleventh Hour, Episode 1, BBC One, 2,241,000
2 Top Gear, Series 15, Episode 1, BBC Two, 1,680,000
3 Sherlock A Study in Pink, Episode 1, BBC One, 1,403,000
4 Top Gear, Series 14, Episode 7, BBC Two, 1,255,000
5 Outnumbered, Series 3, Programme 1, Episode 1, BBC One 1,157,000
6 EastEnders Live 19/02/201,0 BBC One 1,130,000
7 Live at the Apollo, Series 5, Episode 6, BBC One, 1,076,000
8 The Apprentice, Series 6, Bakery Episode 3, BBC One, 1,050,000
9 Doctor Who, The End of Time Part 2, Episode 2, BBC One, 1,015,000
10 Russell Howard's Good News, Series 2, Episode 3, BBC Three, 982,000
11 Mock The Week, Series 9, Episode 3, BBC Two, 944,000
12 Mock The Week, Series 8, Episode 5, BBC Two, 940,000
13 The Incredibles 2010, BBC One, 904,000
14 Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2010, BBC One, 870,000
15 Gavin And Stacey, Series 3, Episode 6, BBC One, 839,000
16 Legally Blonde 2010, BBC Three, 807,000
17 Junior Apprentice, Episode 1, BBC One, 795,000
18 Tracy Beaker Returns, Full Circle Episode 1, CBBC, 776,000
19 World Cup's Most Shocking Moments 01-Jun-10, BBC Three, 730,000
20 Madness In The Fast Lane 10-Aug-10, BBC One, 720,000

Audio Top 20: best-performing episode per title/series, 1 January 2010 to 17 December 2010

1 World Cup South Africa, 2010 England v Slovenia, 23/06/2010, BBC Radio 5 Live, 317,000
2 Test Match Special, The Ashes 2009-2010, 07/01/2010, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 237,000
3 5 Live Sport World Twenty20 Cricket Final, 16/05/2010, BBC Radio 5 Live, 173,000
4 The Ryder Cup 2010, 04/10/2010, BBC Radio 5 Live, 156,000
5 Test Match Special, The Ashes 2010-11, Third Test, Day 1, 16/12/2010, BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, 142,000
6 5 Live Sport International Football 2010-11 Switzerland v England, 07/09/2010, BBC Radio 5 Live, 134,000
7 Chris Evans Breakfast, 11/01/2010, BBC Radio 2, 119,000
8 I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue, Series 53, Episode 6, BBC Radio 4, 116,000
9 The News Quiz, Series 71, Episode 4, BBC Radio 4, 114,000
10 The Chris Moyles Show Chris' Birthday Show, 22/02/2010, BBC Radio 1, 104,000
11 The Unbelievable Truth, Series 5, Episode 6, BBC Radio 4, 100,000
12 The Unbelievable Truth, Series 6, Episode 4, BBC Radio 4, 96,000
13 Fearne Cotton Cheryl Cole in the Live Lounge, 23/03/2010, BBC Radio 1, 93,000
14 The News Quiz, Series 72, Episode 8, BBC Radio 4, 92,000
15 The News Quiz, Series 70, Episode 8, BBC Radio 4, 87,000
16 Fry's English Delight, Series 3, The Trial of Qwerty, Episode 1, BBC Radio 4, 86,000
17 5 Live Sport Premier League 2010-11, Liverpool v Arsenal, 15/08/2010, BBC Radio 5 Live, 83,000
18 BBC Radio 1, Presents... Mumford & Sons and Friends Mumford & Sons and Friends Live, 11/10/2010, BBC Radio 1, 77,000
19 The Official Chart with Reggie Yates, 25/04/2010, BBC Radio 1, 77,000
20 The Now Show, Series 30, Episode 1, BBC Radio 4, 76,000

More details including a table of the BBC's best-performing TV and radio programmes from 1 January and 17 December 2010 (PDF)

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