The BBC said that its iPlayer service enjoyed a record day last month as it unveiled a raft of new releases.

It said that on Monday March 23rd, the day of Boris Johnson’s lockdown broadcast, drove 20.4 million requests to stream programmes on the service, the first time over 20m programmes had been requested in a day.

And last Monday, April 13th, the return of Killing Eve and conclusion of The Nest saw the iPlayer chalk up 20.2m requests, its second highest ever.

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On April 13th, the return of Killing Eve and conclusion of The Nest saw the iPlayer chalk up 20.2m requests

The BBC also said it would be adding a number of new series to the catch-up service, including Dracula, Taboo and My Family, with Doctor Foster, The Kumars at No.42, and every episode of detective drama Strike, based on the books by JK Rowling, following in June.

Dan McGolpin, controller of programming and iPlayer, said: “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.”

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