BBC iPlayer is so much more than a catch-up service.
While the BBC website was once just a helpful place to catch up with that show you missed at the weekend, iPlayer is now a streaming service in its own right, attempting to keep pace with US media giants like Netflix and Amazon.
In short, it’s home to some of the best British TV available to watch online.
Whether you’re a fan of drama box sets such as Luther and Bodyguard, classic comedies like Extras and This Country, or archive documentaries by David Attenborough and Louis Theroux, there’s a lot to offer on iPlayer.
So, what’s currently available to watch? Check out our regularly updated picks of the best TV shows to watch on BBC iPlayer.
His Dark Materials
The BBC’s adaptation of Philip Pullman’s sweeping fantasy epic is an absolute delight. Dafne Keen (Logan) takes the lead role of Lyra Belacqua, a mischievous young girl intent on rescuing her kidnapped friend. Watch on BBC iPlayer
Seven Worlds, One Planet
You can never go wrong with a David Attenborough nature documentary, with this latest series just as jaw dropping as the last. Each episode explores another of Earth’s distinct continents and the life that inhabits it, providing some fascinating information and capturing numerous incredible moments. Watch on BBC iPlayer
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best UK queen win: the British edition of the beloved US star’s reality competition show – which sees drag queens compete against one another in an array of weekly challenges – is here… Watch on BBC iPlayer
Idris Elba stars as London’s slickest – and most maverick – detective as he races around the city solving crimes fit for a horror movie. Watch Luther on BBC iPlayer
This critically acclaimed six-part drama sees a soldier (played by Callum Turner) come under suspicion from a detective inspector (Holliday Grainger) after CCTV footage links him to the assault and kidnapping of a young woman. Watch on BBC iPlayer
Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) is back in the fifth series of the brilliant crime drama set in 1920s Birmingham. New episodes will be available each Sunday night… Watch on BBC iPlayer
Dramatised natural history series featuring a cast of real animals interacting on the African savannah, narrated by Star Wars actor John Boyega. Watch on BBC iPlayer
A Bafta-winning mockumentary about life in the Cotswolds for two feckless cousins Kerry and Kurtan, created by and starring siblings Daisy May and Charlie Cooper. Watch This Country on BBC iPlayer