Now on BBC iPlayer: best box sets to stream now
From weird and insightful documentaries to laugh-a-minute comedies, here is a round-up of the best iPlayer box sets available to watch now
Catch up on the gripping political drama that's taken international audiences by storm. Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden stars as the unlikely bodyguard of the British Home Secretary with explosive consequences. Prepare to be blown away with this six-part box set.Read more ...
Presented (of course) by Sir David Attenborough and with a score by Hans Zimmer, nature documentaries don't get much more thrilling or theatrical than this. A must-see which ranges from breath-taking to heart-breaking, take a dive with some of the most amazing creatures you'll ever see.Read more ...
With rumours of the second series's release date beginning to circulate (we can hope to see a return this spring), now is the perfect time to catch up on Killing Eve. The show has been praised for its inclusion of deeply detailed and original female characters and we can guarantee that it will terrify, enthral, and leave you wanting more.Read more ...
Before she graced our screens in The Crown, Claire Foy played Amy Dorrit in a multi-Emmy award-winning adaptation of Charles Dickens's famous novel. Having been born in debtors' jail and enduring a life of poverty, Amy finds love with the kind Arthur Clennam. But, as ever in Dickens, nothing is that simple and their lives are tinged with tragedy.
Who doesn't love Outnumbered? Finding the hilarious in the every day, now real-life couple Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner play the brow-beaten parents of three very funny children. If you haven't seen it already, you'll be amazed by how much of what these three come up with is off the cuff.
National comedy treasure David Mitchell plays William Shakespeare in this historical sitcom. From the makers of British classics like Blackadder, Upstart Crow is a humorous take on the Bard’s life, from his relationship with Anne Hathaway to his rivalry with author Robert Greene. Witness Will get himself out of sticky situation after sticky situation, and just hope that All’s Well that Ends Well...Read more ...
The BBC is giving the people what they want: Elizabeth Bennet, Mr Darcy, and the best (we think) of the adaptations of Jane Austen's most popular novel. Colin Firth’s wet shirt look has become so iconic that he’s forever paying homage to himself, whether in Love, Actually or Mamma Mia 2. That’s the only instance in which this six-part series deviates from the classic novel – and what an instance it is. It’s what Austen would have wanted.
Writer and documentarian Louis Theroux's cult series from the 1990s sees him travel across America to immerse himself in some of the country's stranger depths. In each episode the presenter investigates a new and intriguing subject from meeting born-again Christians in Dallas to UFO sightings in the South-West.
Doctor Who fans were given a new lease of life in October when the eleventh series aired starring Jodie Whittaker as the first female doctor. Can't get enough? Take a trip down memory lane with Christopher Eccleston and Billie Piper in this series one boxset.
North and South, based on Elizabeth Gaskell’s 1855 novel, is just as enjoyable now as when it was originally broadcast in 2004. It hits harder than Pride and Prejudice, exploring questions of gender and class as a young woman from southern England moves north with her family to an industrial town. A fresh-faced Richard Armitage of Spooks and The Hobbit fame plays dashing leading man John Thornton, and with gorgeous visuals of northern cotton mills and a beautiful score, what’s not to love?
Miranda Hart is firmly in national treasure territory, and there’s nothing better after a hard day’s work than curling up on the sofa to watch a few episodes of her sitcom. Whether she’s dealing with her mother’s aggressive attempts to find her a man, flirting ineffectually with boy next door Gary, or just having a giggle with her best friend Stevie, Miranda’s mishaps are always hilarious and heart-warming.
This swashbuckling BBC period drama returns as a full, three-series box set to iPlayer. Based on the characters from Alexander Dumas's novel The Three Musketeers, the series became something of a cult classic during its time on the BBC, so if you haven't seen it already, this is the perfect opportunity to join the party.
Written by a brother-sister team, this brilliant sitcom follows the lives of a pair of cousins, Kerry and Kurtan, who live in a sleepy village in the Cotswolds. This witty mockumentary explores their lives through the frustrations that boredom and isolation can bring as well as the drama the duo create in order to inject excitement into their day-to-day lives.
This lavish, six-part adaptation of Tolstoy's literary behemoth lures you into the glamorous, excessive world of Tsarist Russia. Adapting War and Peace is a bit like climbing Mount Everest: many have tried, few have succeeded. Fortunately, this is one of the success stories.
The original and the British version, not the one not associated with Kevin Spacey. Ian Richardson plays Machiavellian Chief Whip Francis Urquhart in Andrew Davies’ political drama House of Cards. His performance draws heavily on Shakespeare’s Richard III, full of knowing smiles and acerbic asides to the camera that make us complicit in his machinations. Its cynical portrait of Westminster may not restore your faith in the political system, but it’s jolly good fun.
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