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Last updated 23 November 2019
Broadcast: Sunday 25th November 2018
6:30pm-7:20pm GMT < > « » Premiere < > « »
Featuring: Jodie Whittaker, Tosin Cole, Mandip Gill, Bradley Walsh, Alan Cumming, Siobhan Finneran

In 17th-Century Lancashire, the Doctor becomes embroiled in a witch trial. The arrival of King James I only serves to intensify th witch-hunt.

Synopsis Source: Radio Times
Broadcast Source: BBC

Ratings Information:

Initial figures: 5.660m viewers (overnight), 27.9% audience share, 4th place day, 19th place week
Consolidated figures: 7.212m viewers (+7 days), 31.5% audience share, 17th place - BARB Week (Four Screen), AI 81
Additional figures: 7.648m viewers (+28 days) (13th place)

Overnights: Highest for the day was ITV’s celebrity show, I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here which had 9.73 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing - Results Show had 8.86 million viewers, while Dynasties, the David Attenborough series had 6.79 million. The BBC Drama The Little Drummer Girl had 2.29 million.The week was dominated by I’m a Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here, which took seven out of the top ten places for the week, each episode getting over 8 million watching. Strictly Come Dancing still took top position for the Saturday show getting 9.98 million viewers.Coronation Street and Emmerdale pushed The Doctor down to 19th place on the overnight figures. [source: Doctor Who News]

7 Day Consolidated: Top for the week was Monday's edition of I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here getting 13.14 million watching. [source: Doctor Who News]


BARB Reports

TV: Live: 4.021m(timeslot)/3.95m(actual); Timeshift+7: 3.008m(ts)/3.08m(a) (7.029m total)
[first week breakdown (timeslot): 1.637m(VOSDAL), 0.545m(Mo), 0.212m(Tu), 0.170m(We), 0.099m(Th), 0.067m(Fr), 0.180m(Sa)]

4 Screen +7 breakdown:
Initial: 7.028,700(TV set), 78,226(PC/Laptop), 57,020(Tablet), 48,236(Smartphone); 4 Screen total 7,212,182
19 Dec: 7.028,700(TV set), 78,226(PC/Laptop), 57,022(Tablet), 48,236(Smartphone); 4 Screen total 7,212,184

4 Screen +28 breakdown:
7,423,900 (TV set), 94,497(PC/Laptop), 70,570(Tablet), 59,366(Smartphone); 4 Screen total 7,648,333


DRAMA After trips back in time to the American South and the Partition of India, the week Jodie Whittaker's Tardis team visit some UK history - specifically 17th-century Lancashire, where they find themselves embroiled in a witch trial run by a local landowner.

To make things worse, the famously witch-fearing King James I (played by The Good Wife's Alan Cumming) also turns up to witness proceedings, putting more pressure on the Doctor to protect the vulnerable as the hysteria increases.

But could something even more sinister than dark magic be at work in the land? And if so, what really threatens the village of Bilehurst Cragg?

Credit: Radio Times, p62