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Published: 22nd Jun 2016

BBC iPlayer has once again broken its record for the number of people viewing content on the service. 

March saw some 320 million TV and radio requests submitted to iPlayer, which represents an increase of 18 per cent on the same month in 2013 and breaks the previous record of 315 million requests that was set in January.

The most popular show was Top Gear's Burma special, which attracted 6.1 million viewers across two episodes. Outnumbered and The Voice also drew high numbers of viewers. 

Tablets and mobile phones accounted for close to half of the total number of requests, demonstrating the growing popularity of broadband use through such devices.

iPlayer usage is evenly split between males and females and the vast majority of users are under the age of 55. 

The BBC said people tend to watch programmes on the service at roughly the same times they watch traditional TV.