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The Moorside, Taboo and other dramas fill top 20 iPlayer requests

Taboo and The Moorside
Image caption Taboo and The Moorside were particularly popular with viewers

The latest iPlayer viewing figures are out - and there's something unusual about them.

In February's top 20 most popular programmes, there are no comedies, no documentaries, no talk shows... every place has been taken by a drama.

Sheridan Smith's The Moorside received the most requests for February, followed by Tom Hardy's Taboo.

It was also a record breaking month - with the number of daily requests reaching a record high of 9.9 million.

February's top 10

Image caption Roots was among February's most requested programmes
  1. The Moorside (episode 1)
  2. The Moorside (episode 2)
  3. Taboo (episode 5)
  4. Apple Tree Yard (episode 4)
  5. Apple Tree Yard (episode 3)
  6. Taboo (episode 6)
  7. Taboo (episode 7)
  8. Roots (episode 1)
  9. Apple Tree Yard (episode 2)
  10. Apple Tree Yard (episode 1)

The Moorside, which told the true story of Shannon Matthews' disappearance, was well received by critics.

The first episode had 2.49 million iPlayer requests in February, while the second attracted 1.96 million.

Period drama Taboo, which starred Tom Hardy, took third place with 1.8 million requests, and the series took four places across the top 20.

The show has now been commissioned for a second series.

Image caption Apple Tree Yard, starring Emily Watson, took four of the top 10 places

The Louise Doughty thriller Apple Tree Yard scored fourth, fifth, ninth and 10th place.

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."

Other programmes that did well were the remake of the slavery drama Roots and eight episodes of EastEnders.

The adaptation of Len Deighton's World War Two thriller SS-GB also made the top 20, despite a lot of viewers saying they were not able to hear what the actors were actually saying.

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