Normal People Proves Hit for BBC iPlayer

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There have so far been over 62 million requests to stream the BBC’s adaptation of Sally Rooney’s beloved novel Normal People on iPlayer across the year, as viewers were captivated by Marianne and Connell’s evolving love story.

This year there have been 5.3 billion requests to stream content on BBC iPlayer across January to November, 33 per cent ahead of the same period last year, and already 850 million requests higher than the whole of 2019.

Killing Eve has once again been a huge hit, with 39 million requests for the third series of the spy thriller.

Other big successes this year include new programmes like Aussie drama The Secrets She Keeps, Mike Bartlett’s Life, depicting the complex and troubled lives of four families in Manchester, Michaela Coel’s incredible I May Destroy You, and tense thriller The Nest, which kept viewers gripped and a little envious of those spectacular Scottish locations.

There were also strong performances from returning shows like The Split, and Silent Witness.

Outside of drama, MasterChef continues to prove popular with viewers, and the final series of This Country, telling the hilarious story of Kerry and Kurtan’s Cotswold-based escapades, has been the biggest comedy of the year.