BBC One drama Sherlock was the most requested programme on the iPlayer for January.

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The BBC has released the iPlayer request figures for the first four months of 2012. The report reveals that the season two premier of Sherlock was the most requested programme of January. A Scandal In Belgravia was requested a huge 2,528,000 times in January and the other two episodes of Sherlock’s second season form the top three requested programmes.

The third episode, The Reichenbach Fall, was requested 1,913,000 times by iPlayer users while the second episode, The Hounds of Baskerville, was requested 1,689,000 times.  The updated version of Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle’s sleuth stars Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role with Martin Freeman as Watson and is the creation of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Moffat received a special BAFTA on Sunday evening in recognition of his contribution to television through his shows such as Press Gang, Coupling, Jekyll, Doctor Who and Sherlock.

Also popular with iPlayer users in January was the Top Gear India Special which was fourth with 1,116,000 requests. The season premier of con-drama Hustle’s final series  was requested just under 1 million times with 967,000 downloads. The BBC’s adaptation of Birdsong starring Clémence Poésy and Eddie Redmayne was downloaded 860,000 times.

The first episode of the phenomenally popular 1950s drama Call the Midwife, based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth, was downloaded 800,000 times by BBC iPlayer users. The first episode of Mrs Brown’s Boys second series also proved to be popular with iPlayer users with 769,000 requests; the Irish comedy won a BAFTA on Sunday evening.

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