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BBC iPlayer breaks records with 570 million requests in May

Programme requests increased by 73 per cent compared to May 2019

The BBC’s iPlayer had a record-breaking month in May, with 570 million requests to stream programmes, up from 564 million programme requests in April, and increase of 72 per cent year-on-year.

May has now become the service’s best month on record.

Shows such as Normal People (54m requests for the series to date) and Killing Eve (35m requests for the new series so far, and 163m requests to date for all three series) were among the shows viewers watched during the month.

Other strong performers in May included The A Word, Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe, The Great British Sewing Bee, Glow Up EastEnders and Casualty.

Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, said: “BBC iPlayer continues to rise higher with yet another record-breaking month in May – 72 per cent more programme requests than a year ago. Before the lockdown period began and all the way through it, iPlayer has been providing a unique mix of entertaining, informative and educational television whenever and wherever people want it.”