Redesigned BBC iPlayer Reveals Final 12 months’s Largest Present – Have You Seen It?


The BBC has unveiled the most popular show, streamed on BBC iPlayer in 2021. Last year, users of the BBC streaming app and service saw over six billion streams, but there was one show that people flocked to more than others. And that show was Line of Duty, the biggest BBC iPlayer show of 2021.

The hit cop series created by Jed Mercurio experienced a high-profile sixth season in 2021, in which the long-standing puzzle of who H is was finally solved by AC-12.

The first episode of the Line of Duty series six was the most popular TV episode on BBC iPlayer in 2021 and was streamed 9.2 million times.

While Line of Duty was last year’s most popular BBC iPlayer box set, all six series have been streamed 137 million times.

Dan McGolpin, Director of BBC iPlayer and Channels, said of the past year enjoying Beeb’s streaming service: “It’s been an incredible year for BBC iPlayer with a unique mix of programming that is driving more viewers than ever before . Line of Duty is at the top of the tables and it’s fantastic to see so many other brand new drama series that are also high profile alongside the memorable sporting moments of last summer and some of the best documentary series of the year. “

In addition to Line of Duty, Vigil – the submarine thriller starring Suranne Jones – and the prison drama Time (starring Sean Bean and Stephen Graham) were also on the list of the most popular TV show episodes to be shown on BBC iPlayer in 2021 became.

Elsewhere, the Euro 2020 dramatic final between Italy and England (which saw Gareth Southgate’s men suffer heartbreak on a penalty shootout after a heroic campaign) was another big hit on BBC iPlayer, as was episodes from The Serpent, Bloodlands and The Pact .

If you haven’t signed up to BBC iPlayer in a long time, you may be surprised by the new look of the app.

That’s because Beeb introduced a dramatic redesign for the app towards the end of 2021 to give it a more modern look to match the user interfaces of services like Netflix and Prime Video.

The redesign, which came after research found users found the previous design “old-fashioned”, takes a sheet of paper from Netflix’s book and moves the menu to the left of the screen in a vertically stacked list.

If you move to the left side of the screen, you can browse different categories like Comedy, Drama or Sports.

Not only is this an easy way to navigate different types of content, but it also frees up more screen space so viewers are more likely to discover something they want to see.

The BBC said the redesign of the iPlayer was part of an effort to “give people a modern BBC that is easier to use and navigate to find the content they love and enjoy”.

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