The BBC handed out half a million free tickets to radio and television shows at its studios in 2019, with Strictly Come Dancing being the most popular.

The broadcaster hosts more than a thousand shows that include a studio audience each year, and claims to be the largest provider of TV and radio tickets in the UK.

Tickets are allocated at random or on a first-come, first-serve basis to ensure a fair selection process via the BBC Shows and Tours website.

Tony Hall, the BBC’s director general, said: “The BBC belongs to all of us, so it’s great to see so many people from right across the UK getting involved in our shows this year. We’ve got more brilliant entertainment lined up in every part of the country next year, so we look forward to seeing many more people taking part.”

Along with Strictly Come Dancing, the other top events of 2019 included Later… with Jools Holland, Radio 2 in Concert, BBC at the Edinburgh Festival and A Question of Sport.

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