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Sherlock is top pick on BBC iPlayer

By Anthony Barnes

The return of BBC1 hit Sherlock was the most viewed programme on the BBC iPlayer in the past year, new figures showed today.

The episode in which viewers saw the consulting detective - played by Benedict Cumberbatch - apparently come back from the dead, was accessed 4.2 million times. The second most-watched programme on the catch-up service was the opening episode of 2014's series of Top Gear.

The motoring programme, hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond, took four of the top 10 places for the most popular shows of last year.

A controversial edition of the show - the second part of a Burma special which earned a rebuke from Ofcom for the use of what was seen as a racist term - is 11th.

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