SATURDAY: BBC2 documentary Melvyn Bragg’s Radical Lives got underway with 400,000 viewers as the penultimate day of the Commonwealth Games won the lion’s share of the audience.

Melvyn Bragg’s Radical Lives (BBC2) 9pm-10pm
400,000 (2%)

The two-part series, in which Bragg explored the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381, was well below the channel’s 12 month slot average of 1.2m (5.5%) for the past 12 months and was the last placed terrestrial show in the slot.

Commonwealth Games (BBC1) 7pm-10pm
5.4m (28.6%)

The coverage was easily the most watched programme of the evening and peaked with 8.4m (39.9%) in the five minutes from 9.20pm as the starting gun was fired on the men’s 4 x 100 metre final.

Opposite on Channel 5, 910,000 (4.5%) tuned in to Big Brother, according to overnight Barb data provided by Attentional.

Channel 4 won the battle of the films as The Inbetweeners Movie pulled 1.7m (9.5%) to outmuscle the 1.1m (6.4%) to tune in to ITV’s Star Wars Episode III.