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BBC iPlayer had a record month in January, according to official figures released by the BBC.

The catch-up and on-demand service received more than 304 million views during the month. That's an eight per cent rise on its previous-best month, December 2016, and a staggering 50 million more requests than January 2016.

Two dramas were a huge help in the service achieving this figure. 'Sherlock' notched up more than 8 million requests for its three episodes, while Tom Hardy show 'Taboo' received 2.8 million.

The BBC is also readying a new feature called Pin and Pair. This will let viewers start watching on one device – such as a smartphone – and carry on seamlessly on another – like the TV – when they get home.

"It's great to see such large audiences coming to iPlayer to watch the New Year's most talked-about shows from 'Sherlock' to 'Apple Tree Yard' and 'Taboo' – when they want and where they want," said Charlotte Moore, the BBC's director of content.

"The new features and sign-in will only make that experience more rewarding and enjoyable."

Dan Taylor-Watt, head of iPlayer, added: "Enabling sign-in on connected TVs and the rollout of new personalised features builds on the BBC's strategy to make BBC iPlayer more personal across screens – letting you discover and enjoy programmes that are more relevant to you on the devices you use, whenever and wherever you use them."

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