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Both A Year in Provence and Lady Chatterley were rightly hammered by the critics. A Year in Provence responded by bungee jumping out of the ratings; Lady Chatterley by becoming the BBC's third most popular drama, after EastEnders and Neighbours, with 12.14 million tuning in. The difference between success and failure would seem to be a three-letter word beginning with 'S'. The only three-letter word at Royal Ascot is hat, and the meeting averaged just above 2 million, compared to 4.1 million who watched the Derby (it's reckoned that figure could be doubled if the race were switched to a Saturday). Jonathan Ross's Fantastic Facts, meanwhile, had a healthy opening gross of 9.95 million punters.