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BBC iPlayer Celebrates Busiest Day Ever (and Adds New Boxsets Including Dracula)

Dracula, the three-part drama from Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, is available to watch on BBC iPlayer once more. The TV series, which loosely followed the successful format of Sherlock (i.e. three 90 minute episodes), originally screened at the start of the year, but you can relive the humourous horror in all its glory on the BBC streaming service.

This joins a number of boxsets added back to iPlayer, in an effort to keep the country entertained during lockdown as a result of Coronavirus. Indeed, it seems the platform is more popular than ever – having celebrated its busiest day in March.

Monday 23rd March 2020 was iPlayer’s most popular day ever, with a huge 20.4 million requests to stream programmes on the service, as the Prime Minister addressed the nation to impose a lockdown. This is the first time iPlayer has seen over 20 million programmes requested in a day.

Monday 13th April then saw iPlayer’s second biggest day ever, with 20.2 million programme requests.

As part of the Culture in Quarantine project, iPlayer is also adding a selection of productions from the Royal Shakespeare Company. These include Hamlet, Macbeth, Much Ado About Nothing, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, and The Merchant of Venice.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming and iPlayer, says:

“In these difficult times, people are using BBC iPlayer more than ever; to watch the latest news coverage, to learn something new and to sit back and be entertained. It’s already the place to see brand new Killing Eve and we’re now adding even more choice, you’ll be able immerse yourself in hit drama series such as Dracula and Taboo or have a good laugh watching comedies like The Kumars at No.42 and My Family.”

You’ll be able to stream The Kumars at No.42 from 13th June. Further additions due soon include Doctor Foster and Strike.

BBC iPlayer recently added both series of The A Word, starring Ninth Doctor, Christopher Eccleston, plus other high-profile shows like Spooks, The Missing, Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience, Wallander, and Waking the Dead.

Do you have any suggestions for people bored at home, looking for something to watch? The DWC does: keep your eyes peeled for our lockdown recommendations…

Philip Bates

Editor and co-founder of the Doctor Who Companion. When he’s not watching television, reading books ‘n’ Marvel comics, listening to The Killers, and obsessing over script ideas, Philip Bates pretends to be a freelance writer. He enjoys collecting everything. Writer of The Black Archive: The Pandorica Opens/ The Big Bang, The Silver Archive: The Stone Tape, and 100 Objects of Doctor Who.

BBC iPlayer Celebrates Busiest Day Ever (and Adds New Boxsets Including Dracula)

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