Another record month for BBC iPlayer March 12, 2018 00.01 Europe/London By Julian Clover BBC iPlayer has recorded a record start to 2018 as the first episode of crime drama McMafia was streamed 3.4 million times. Three other episodes of the drama that aired later in the month also feature in the top ten most-popular BBC iPlayer programmes in January. The first month of the New Year was also the best month on record for BBC iPlayer, building on an already strong December to reach a record-high 328 million requests across the month, a 10 per cent increase on the same month last year. There was a record average of 10.6 million daily requests for TV content in January, and requests from TV devices reached a record-high proportion of 54 per cent. Dan McGolpin, controller of programming and daytime for the BBC, said: