On Bank Holiday Monday BBC One had the better of ITV at 9pm as its star stunned latest adaptation of science fiction thriller Day of the Triffids had the better of ITV’s sequel to The Naked Civil Servant. Meanwhile the hunt for Archie Mitchell’s murderer in EastEnders saw the London soap edge ahead of Coronation Street.
On Monday evening the hunt for the murderer of villain Archie Mitchell in EastEnders helped the soap edge ahead of its rivals Coronation Street. The BBC One soap pulled in 9.6 million viewers at 8pm which was slightly more than the two episodes of Manchester based Coronation Street. At 7.30 the ITV soap had 9.2 million but obviously not everyone was quite as keen to return to Weatherfield because at 8.30 the second episode dropped down to 8.8 million viewers. Meanwhile Yorkshire soap Emmerdale bounced back after its low rated Christmas Day episode with 6.5 million viewers. But a repeat of Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death wasn’t far behind with a respectable 5.4 million viewers.
At 9pm it was the man-killing plants Triffids which viewers preferred to see over Quentin Crisp on ITV1. The BBC’s latest adaptation of Day of the Triffids, with a string of high-profile names such as Joely Richardson, pulled in 6.1 million viewers. Over on ITV1 at the same time An Englishman in New York, the sequel to The Naked Civil Servant, was seen by just 2.2 million viewers. The sequel saw John Hurt reprise the role of controversial gay figure Quentin Crisp.
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