Diamond Queen beats Whitechapel

Queen Elisabeth IIBBC One documentary on the reign of Queen Elisabeth II was seen by over 6 million viewers beating dark police drama Whitechapel on ITV1.

The BBC One documentary, the first in a three-part series, is part of the celebrations of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. Diamond Queen, fronted by 9pm, commanded a royal audience of 6.3 million viewers according to overnight figures. It comfortably beat ITV1’s gritty police drama Whitechapel which had 5.6 million viewers which is down on the 6.2 million who tuned in for last week’s season three premier.

Elsewhere last night teen drama Skins continued its sixth season on E4 as newcomer Alex (Sam Jackson) was introduced. The third episodes of the sixth season had just under 480,000 viewers as the teen drama continues to fail to attract the big audiences it once commanded. Skins is struggling to fight off the perception of it revolving around depressed teens doing drugs. Only narrowly behind Skins at 10pm was Sky One‘s Spartacus: Vengeance with the historical drama pulling in 440,000 viewers.