Mowlam drama a hit for C4

Mowlam drama a hit for C4

Channel 4’s biopic of late politician Mo Mowlam was the highest rated drama for the station for more than eight years, figures showed today.

The film, starring Julie Walters, drew an average of 3.5 million viewers when it was screened at 9pm last night.

The story of the former Northern Ireland Secretary’s battle with cancer and her efforts to unite the North's leaders had a peak audience of 3.7 million viewers, according to overnight ratings.

A spokeswoman said it was Channel 4’s highest rating drama since at least 2001.

Audience figures also showed that C4’s final series of Celebrity Big Brother went out on a high, beating last year’s finale shows.

The second of Friday night’s programmes, in which cage fighter Alex Reid was named the winner of the series, had an average of 4.1 million, with a quarter of TV viewers tuning in.

Last year the equivalent show drew just 3.5 million.

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