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Monty Python drama grabs 530k on BBC Four

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BBC Four's Monty Python drama was seen by just over 530k on Wednesday evening, while The Only Way Is Essex pushed past 900k on ITV2, the latest audience data has revealed.

Holy Flying Circus, a 90-minute comedy drama re-imagining the controversy that surrounded the release of Monty Python's 1979 film Life Of Brian, averaged 534k (2.4%) for BBC Four from 9pm.

Series three of The Only Way Is Essex continued to dazzle on ITV2, pulling in 938k (4.9%) from 10pm, as well as a further 182k (1.9%) on timeshift.

Also on the multi-channels, the penultimate episode of Jack Thorne's horror drama The Fades thrilled 453k (2.6%) on BBC Three in the 9pm hour.

Live coverage of Arsenal's Champions League clash with Marseille was enjoyed by 3.79m (16.3%) on ITV1 between 7.30pm and 10pm. It proved too strong for Planet Dinosaur's 2.8m (12%) on BBC One from 8.30pm and Panorama's 3.84m (16.1%) in the 9pm slot.

Ask Rhod Gilbert brought in 1.52m (13.3%) on BBC One from 10.45pm and Film 2011 with Claudia Winkleman delighted 650k (8.3%) half an hour later.

A History of Ancient Britain appealed to 1.72m (7.9%) on BBC Two in the 7pm hour, before All Roads Lead Home fetched 1.75m (7.5%) from 8pm. Faster Than The Speed of Light? had 1.43m (4.6%) from 9pm and Rab C Nesbitt amused 1.37m (6.8%) from 10pm.

Channel 4's new show Kirstie's Handmade Britain located 2.3m (9.9%) in the 8pm hour and 230k (1%) on +1. Grand Designs constructed 2.96m (12.4%) from 9pm and 286k (1.6%) on timeshift. Fresh Meat continued with 1.04m (5.7%) from 10pm and 160k (1.8%) an hour later.

Highland Emergency took 1.07m (4.9%) on Channel 5 from 7.30pm, before Dangerous Drivers' School educated 1.44m (6.2%) in the 8pm slot. Paul Merton's Adventures had 1.81m (7.6%) from 9pm.

Big Brother, featuring celebrities such as Katie Price making a visit to the house, continued on Channel 5 with 1.37m (7.7%) in the 10pm hour, and Big Brother's Bit On The Side entertained 362k (4.1%) on 5* from 11pm.

Overall, BBC One won primetime with 18.2% against ITV1's 16.3% (+1: 0.3%). Channel 4 came in third with 8.3% (+1: 1%), followed by BBC Two with 7% and Channel 5 with 6%.

Elsewhere, Don't Tell The Bride tied the knot with 670k (2.9%) on BBC Three from 8pm and Up for Hire Live employed 215k (0.9%) from 9pm.

BARB ratings data supplied by Attentional

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