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Blue Planet II storms to the top of 2017 iPlayer Chart

Blue Planet II has been named as the BBC iPlayer's most popular programme of the year so far, with 4.2 million requests for the first episode alone.

This overtakes the first episode of Tom Hardy’s Georgian-era drama Taboo by 133,000 requests to become the new frontrunner.

Drama series Doctor Foster also proved popular with BBC iPlayer audiences during the year to date: 3.7 million requests were made to see the first episode and 3 million for the second. New BBC One series Three Girls - based on the true stories of victims of grooming and sexual abuse in Rochdale - also performed well, with 3.4 million requests for the first episode and 3 million for the second.

Other shows to feature in BBC iPlayer’s top ten programmes of 2017 include Sherlock’s New Year’s Day episode, the second episode of Blue Planet II, new series Apple Tree Yard and the return of crime drama Line of Duty.

Blue Planet II will remain on BBC iPlayer until the New Year, and, following the final episode airing last night, has now been joined by a special ultra-high definition version with high dynamic range.

From 16th December, the full boxset series of Taboo - along with many other drama, comedy, natural history and children’s shows will be returning to BBC iPlayer as a festive treat for viewers (see our earlier report) Also returning for Christmas will be Three Girls, Sherlock, all four series of Line of Duty, the original series of Blue Planet and both series of Planet Earth.

The BBC iPlayer celebrates 10 years of regular service this month.

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