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BBC2’s King Charles III pulls in 1.8 million viewers

Oliver Chris, Tim Pigott-Smith and Charlotte Riley starred in BBC2's broadcast of King Charles III. Photo: Robert Viglasky
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BBC2’s broadcast of King Charles III attracted 1.8 million viewers, according to overnight ratings.

The television adaptation of Mike Bartlett’s play starred Tim Pigott-Smith in his final role before his death last month.

The figures were above average for the 9pm timeslot. The ratings do not include catch-up services, such as the BBC iPlayer.

Written in iambic pentameter, the play imagines a future in which Prince Charles has acceded to the throne and causes a constitutional crisis.

Reactions to the drama on social media were divided.

King Charles III first opened at the Almeida Theatre, before transferring to the West End.