The terrestrial debut of comedy sketch show Little Britain got off to a strong start despite having already aired on BBC3 with 3.2 million (15.8%).

The terrestrial debut of comedy sketch show Little Britain got off to a strong start despite having already aired on BBC3 with 3.2 million (15.8%).

The character-based black comedy that pokes fun at modern Britain and stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams was head and shoulders above its nearest rivals and only 500,000 behind ITV1's news bulletin which got 3.7 million (18.2%). The comedy show originally started life as a late-night Radio 4 show before being turned into a television show that aired earlier this year on BBC3.

Channel 4's chat show V Graham Nortonat 22.00 appealed to 1.7 million (8.9%) while Five's film Universal Soldier 2: Brothers in Armsconscripted 1.6 million (7.3%) from 21.00.

Earlier, the pet hates of comedian Ross Noble in BBC2's Room 101at 21.00 entertained 3 million (12.7%). It was still enough to keep the corporation's second channel in front but it faced stronger opposition from C4. The concluding part of Brinks Mat: the Greatest Heistmanaged 2.6 million (11%), up 300,000 from the previous week.

Over on ITV1 at 21.00 the third instalment of Kay Mellor's Between the Sheetspicked up 200,000 from last Monday to average 6.6 million (27.8%) over 60-minutes. Once again it had no problem getting the better of BBC1's Merseybeatin the same slot. The corporation's police drama appealed to 5.3 million (22.5%).

Elsewhere in peaktime ITV1 dominated with its double helping of Coronation Streetonce again drawing-in the viewers. The first episode at 19.30 got 13.4 million (57.7%) while the one at 20.30 had 11.9 million (47.1%).

Inbetween viewers turned-over to BBC1 with EastEnderspicking-up 13.7 million (56.6%).

Peaktime shares for Monday 1 December: ITV1 - 34.8%, BBC1 - 27%, BBC2 - 9.6%, C4 - 7%, Five - 4.6%.

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