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must-watch The Queen's Gambit sets viewing record for Netflix series


Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy

Anya Taylor-Joy

NETFLIX has revealed that 62 million households watched The Queen's Gambit in its first 28 days.

The figure is a record for one of the streaming giant's limited scripted series.

The programme, which tells the story of an orphaned chess prodigy during the Cold War era, featured in the top 10 programme rankings in 92 countries, according to Netflix.

It was the number one streamed programme in 63 countries including the UK, Argentina, Israel and South Africa.

Netflix also said the programme had triggered an upsurge in Google searches for how to play chess.

The programme features Peaky Blinders star Anya Taylor-Joy in the lead role alongside Love Actually's Thomas Brodie-Sangster.

Taylor-Joy plays Beth Harmon, an orphan who becomes an international chess star while battling addiction.

The programme is an adaptation of a 1983 novel by Walter Tevis.


Meanwhile, a number of new cast additions have been unveiled for another of Netflix's hit shows, Stranger Things.

Sweeney Todd star Jamie Campbell Bower, Booksmart's Eduardo Franco and Game Of Thrones actor Tom Wlaschiha are among those who will feature in the hit sci-fi drama.

Nightmare On Elm Street's Robert Englund and Howards End's Joseph Quinn will also feature in the new series.

Filming resumed for the fourth series of the programme last month following a six-month break enforced by the pandemic.

Set in the 1980s, Stranger Things follows the attempts made by a group of teenagers and adults as they try to battle an evil monster in their home town.

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Other stars to feature include Winona Ryder, Millie Bobby Brown, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Finn Wolfhard, Caleb McLaughlin, Sadie Sink, Noah Schnapp and Gaten Matarazzo.

The new series is expected to be released on Netflix in July next year.

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