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BBCiPLayerDrFoster 20Oct2017To some ridiculous and to many utterly compelling, but Mike Bartlett’s BBC drama Doctor Foster has undoubtedly proved a hit not just on linear TV but also on the iPlayer in September 2017.

For its much-talked about second season, Dr Foster pulled in three million requests for the video-on-demand, live TV and catch-up service with its first episode and the four episodes shown in September seeing nine million requests in total. All five episodes are available to watch as a full series on BBC iPlayer until early November. Overall there were 239 million requests for TV programmes on BBC iPlayer in September, up on the same time last year.

The iPlayer was also boosted in September 2017 by The Cuckoo’s Calling and Silkworm, adaptations of JK Rowling’s two novels about detective Cormoran Strike. These delivered three episodes in the top 20 most popular programmes during the month. The return of Strictly Come Dancing also proved popular, as did new crime series Rellik, each getting over a million requests.

Commenting on the iPlayer monthly performance statistics, Dan McGolpin, BBC controller of programming and daytime, says: “Fantastic content has driven a strong September for BBC iPlayer. We’ve had the return of brilliant shows like Doctor Foster and Strictly joined by superb new series like Strike and Rellik, all of which has made for a great start to the autumn season.”
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