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Lady Chatterley's inevitably high ratings - 12.15 million - was the largest non-soap audience on BBC1, beaten only by ITV's country collection, Peak Practice (12.92 million) and Heartbeat (12.68 million).

Also impressive was the return to television after 14 years of Freddie Starr. His one-off show drew 12.12 million, making it ITV's third most popular non-soap.

Throughout the last series Have I Got News for You was consistently, and by a fair distance, BBC2's most popular programme. The last episode in the series, which starred a tub of lard as Roy Hattersley's last-minute replacement, received the highest ratings of the lot - 7.5 million.