Sat. Jan 22nd, 2022


Beginning 2021 in extended lockdown with home entertainment never more important to us, the year will go down as a big 12 months for the UK television industry, with massive terrestrial audiences showing that the appetite for mainstream, weekly viewing is far from under the thumb of box-set streaming services like Netflix.

The top 10 programmes illustrate ongoing demand for quality dramas that require some focus and patience, while the perennial popularity of iconic entertainment programmes hasn’t dwindled in the slightest. The big winner of 2021 was the return of Jed Mercurio’s thrilling investigation of police corruption, Line of Duty, while the most notable declines were on I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! (peaking at 12.1m in 2020, down to a peak of 10.8m this year) and The Great British Bake Off, slipping from 10.4m viewers in 2020 to 9.3m this year.

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