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ITV’s The Sound of Music Live draws 4m viewers

Kara Tointon in The Sound of Music Live. Photo: ITV Kara Tointon in The Sound of Music Live. Photo: ITV
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ITV’s The Sound of Music Live was watched by an average of four million viewers, making it the most watched programme on the channel on Sunday night.

The live staging on December 20 – which starred Kara Tointon and Julian Ovenden – had a peak audience of 4.5 million viewers, according to overnight ratings.

Over the two-and-a-half-hour broadcast, the show achieved a 17% share of the overall TV viewing audience.

Seventeen cameras were used to film The Sound of Music Live, which was rehearsed for 37 days before being broadcast live in 10 parts, intersected by advert breaks.

ITV director of comedy and entertainment Elaine Bedell said: “I’m delighted for the production team, the cast and the crew that this dauntingly ambitious production of the world’s most-loved musical came together in such a brilliant way, and we are proud to have offered viewers something truly distinctive and special in our Christmas schedule.”

However, in his review for The Stage, Mark Shenton awarded the televised show two stars, calling it “flat, lifeless and resolutely unrealistic”.

Yet reactions on Twitter were largely positive, although there were complaints over songs being reordered.