The most popular UK independent film on terrestrial television in 2013 was The King’s Speech with 2.9 million viewers, followed by The Iron Lady (2.7 million) and The Inbetweeners Movie (2.6 million) all of which were top performing films when released theatrically (Table 13.8). As in 2012, most of the films in the top 10 were shown on either BBC Two or Channel 4. The Inbetweeners Movie, the top independent UK film on television in 2012, was still popular with British viewers a year later as it appears twice in the 2013 top 10 (at numbers three and four) for broadcasts in May and at Christmas. Table 13.8 Top 10 independent UK films1 on terrestrial television, 2013 Title Channel 146 – BFI Statistical Yearbook 2014 Country of origin Year of theatrical release Audience (million) 1 The King’s Speech Channel 4 UK 2011 2.9 2 The Iron Lady Channel 4 UK 2012 2.7 3 The Inbetweeners Movie Channel 4 UK 2011 2.6 4 The Inbetweeners Movie Channel 4 UK 2011 2.5 5 Made in Dagenham BBC Two UK 2010 2.4 6 Santa Claus: The Movie ITV UK/USA# 1985 2.2 7 Jane Eyre BBC Two UK 2011 2.0 8 The Eagle Channel 4 UK/USA# 2011 1.9 9 Kick-Ass Channel 5 UK/USA# 2010 1.8 10 The Young Victoria BBC Two UK 2009 1.7 Source: Attentional, BARB Notes: 1 UK independent films with the highest audience figure for an individual transmission. # Santa Claus: The Movie, The Eagle and Kick-Ass were made with independent (non-studio) US support. 13.5 Films on multi-channel television In 2013, multi-channel television (freeview/satellite/cable) accounted for almost 47% of all television viewing in the UK and 62% of all viewings of film on television. Table 13.9 lists the number of film transmissions, the average audience, the top film and audience for the top film, for a selection of digital channels which broadcast feature films. After dedicated film channels, Turner Classics (over 4,200 films) and Film4 (over 2,800 films), the highest number of films was screened by the Indian-based Star digital channels, with over 1,700 films. For many of the channels, including Film4, ITV 2-4, Gold and 5*, the number of transmissions decreased, compared with 2012, partly due to +1 channels not being included in the data for 2013. Red recorded the largest audience for a single screening on multi-channel television, with over 2.1 million viewers on Film4.
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