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The Gavin and Stacey Christmas special has become the biggest scripted programme of the decade as more than a quarter of the UK’s population has now watched it. 

The sitcom, which returned after nearly 10 years for a one-off festive episode and saw show creators and stars James Corden and Ruth Jones reunite with Mathew Horne and Joanna Page and the rest of the cast, has been viewed by 17.1 million people, according to the latest consolidated figures. 

The programme initially drew an average of 11.6 million viewers in the overnight ratings, and has now added another 5.5 million viewers over the past week. 

Consolidated ratings include people who recorded the programme on TV and watched up to seven days later. 

It is now the biggest scripted show of the decade, the most popular Christmas Day programme of the decade, and the ninth biggest transmission of the decade, the BBC said. 

It has also had the most successful first week for any episode on the BBC’s catch-up platform iPlayer for those aged 16 to 34, with 1.4 million requests from people in that age group out of 4.4 million total. 

Director of BBC content Charlotte Moore said: “Gavin and Stacey has been a phenomenal hit this Christmas, breaking records to become the biggest scripted show of the decade, and the biggest first week for any episode on BBC iPlayer for young audiences ever. 

Gavin and Stacey joins one other non-sporting programme in the top 10 most-watched programmes of the decade – The X Factor final in 2010. 

A total of 17.7 million viewers tuned in to watch Matt Cardle win the singing show that year. 

The rest of the top 10 is comprised of sporting events, with the Olympics 2012 Closing Ceremony in first place overall with 24.5 million viewers. 

The London 2012 Opening Ceremony is in second place with 24.2 million viewers, while last year’s football World Cup semi-final between England and Croatia is at number three with an overall audience of 20.7 million viewers. 

2 January 2020

The Metro: A Rail Life Story









ITV is to screen  a new four-part documentary series that follows life on the Tyne and Wear Metro – the first time cameras have been allowed in-depth behind the scenes at the UK’s biggest metro system outside London.

The Metro is 48 miles long, with passengers making 37 million journeys a year around Newcastle, Sunderland, Gateshead, North and South Tyneside.

Filmed over the busy Summer of 2019 as the Metro approached its 40th birthday, cameras show some of its 1,100 staff dealing with the biggest events of the year – including the Great North Run and the Spice Girls reunion concert in Sunderland.

With 60 stations the Tyne and Wear Metro serves 100,000 passengers a day and its trains travel 10,000 miles a day. But, as the series reveals, it’s a service that is often under fire and stretched to its limits as, ahead of a new fleet being delivered, it currently operates with trains that are as old as the Metro itself.

This series follows the highs and lows of the summer and provides a vivid insight into the daily trials and tribulations for staff.

The Metro: A Rail Life Story starts on Tuesday 14 January at 19:30

3 January 2020 

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