Panorama's Primark report pulls in 4.2m for BBC One

LONDON - Panorama's 'Primark: On the Rack' undercover report, exposing the use of child labour to make some of the retailer's clothes, was watched by 4.2m viewers on BBC One, according to unofficial overnight figures.

The Panorama report, in which reporter Tom Heap and his team found children in India sewing sequins onto Primark clothes, got the biggest audience in the 9pm-10pm slot with a 19.2% share.

Footage was shown of some of India's poorest people working long hours on Primark clothes in slum workshops and refugee camps, far away from the Primark-approved and inspected factories, breaking promises on child labour, working hours and wages.

When presented with the results, Primark sacked three of its suppliers.

ITV also put in a strong performance with its documentary 'Identical Triplets: Their Secret World' drawing in 4m viewers and an 18.4% share of the audience between 9pm and 10pm.

The programme explored whether four sets of triplets, including the UK's oldest surviving identical triplets, share a sixth sense that allows them to communicate between themselves.

The third part of BBC Two's 'Mary Queen of Shops' series attracted 2.5m viewers and an 11.1% share of the 9pm audience, beating the final part of Five's documentary series 'Warship', which pulled in 1.4m and a 6.4% share.

The final documentary in Channel 4's Victorian Passions season, called 'Upstairs Downstairs Love', netted 1.3m viewers and a 6% share of the audience between 9pm and 10pm. Including Channel 4+1 figures, it managed 1.4m viewers and a 6.4% share.

Channel 4's 'Big Brother' pulled in just 2.7m viewers and a 15.7% share of the audience between 10pm and 11pm. Including Channel 4+1 figures the show managed 2.9m and a 16.4% share.

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