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BBC drama Ordeal by Innocence a viewing hit

By Lucy Mapstone

The BBC's delayed adaptation of Ordeal By Innocence was the most-watched programme on iPlayer in April, new data reveals.

The Agatha Christie drama - which was put on hold to be re-shot after its original star Ed Westwick was accused of sexual assault - had almost two million requests for its first episode on the catch-up service across the month, the BBC said.

The programme was pulled from the Christmas schedule and British actor Christian Cooke replaced Westwick in re-shoots after the allegations, which the Gossip Girl actor has denied.

The BBC said the second episode of the drama was the second most-watched programme of the month on iPlayer, drawing in 1.2 million viewers.

The broadcaster also revealed that the first two episodes of marital saga drama series Come Home - set in Belfast and starring Christopher Eccleston and Paula Malcomson - were also popular in April, each getting more than one million requests on iPlayer.

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