The best TV shows to watch on BBC iPlayer

From BBC3 series to the best drama and comedy box sets available online – discover what you've been missing on BBC iPlayer

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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 Peaky Blinders, classic comedies like Extras and This Country, or archive documentaries by David Attenborough and Louis Theroux, there’s a lot to offer on iPlayer.

The BBC is also planning to make iPlayer even more useful for viewers, with the possibility that all shows will be made available to watch online for an entire year.

So, what’s currently available to watch? Check out our regularly updated picks of the best TV shows to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Last Tango in Halifax

Series 1-4, series 5 added weekly

Last Tango in Halifax series 5

The beloved series about a couple who rekindle their romance after 60 years apart has recently returned to BBC One for a fifth series. Derek Jacobi and Anne Reid star in the lead roles. Watch Last Tango in Halifax on BBC iPlayer

This Country

Series 1-2, series 3 added weekly

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


Torchwood cast

This Doctor Who spin-off follows fan favourite character Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) as he and his team investigate more mature sci-fi mysteries. Watch Torchwood on BBC iPlayer

Inside No 9

Series 1-4, series 5 added weekly

This darkly comic anthology series from Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith has welcomed guest stars including Jenna Coleman, Rory Kinnear and Sheridan Smith. Watch Inside No 9 on BBC iPlayer

Line of Duty

Series 1-5

Line of Duty (BBC)

As the sixth series starts filming, get caught up on this critically acclaimed crime drama from writer Jed Mercurio, which follows a team investigating corruption in the police force. Watch Line of Duty on BBC iPlayer

Peaky Blinders

Series 5 only

Peaky Blinders V Ep 6

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 Peaky Blinders on BBC iPlayer

Top Gear

It’s been a bumpy ride for Top Gear since its original presenters left for Amazon Prime, but the motoring series seems to have found a winning formula with its latest hosts: Paddy McGuinness, Freddie Flintoff and Chris Harris. Watch Top Gear on BBC iPlayer

Man Like Mobeen

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This comedy series from Guz Khan and Andy Milligan follows the title character as he aims to live a good life and leave his criminal past behind. The show tackles big issues in British society such as racial profiling and knife crime. Watch Man Like Mobeen on BBC iPlayer


The eight-part drama is based on the troubled personal and professional relationship between director and choreographer Bob Fosse (Sam Rockwell) and his wife and unsung collaborator Gwen Verdon (Michelle Williams), who was also a Broadway actor, dancer and singer. Watch Fosse/Verdon on BBC iPlayer


This gory reimagining of Bram Stoker’s Dracula comes courtesy of Sherlock creators Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, starring Danish actor Claes Bang in the title role. Watch Dracula on BBC iPlayer

Silent Witness

Silent Witness

Series 1-22, series 23 added weekly

Every episode from the long-running crime drama is available to stream on iPlayer, with the currently airing 23rd series being added to the service weekly. Watch on BBC iPlayer

Doctor Who

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Series 1-11, series 12 added weekly

The latest series of Doctor Who has just started, pitting Jodie Whittaker’s Thirteenth Doctor against more iconic foes. New episodes will be available on BBC iPlayer weekly, while you can also catch up on older adventures dating back to Christopher Eccleston’s Ninth Doctor. Watch Doctor Who on BBC iPlayer


This Norwegian crime drama follows homicide detective William Wisting as he tackles the most difficult cases of his career, co-starring Hollywood actress Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix). Watch Wisting on BBC iPlayer

Worzel Gummidge

Mackenzie Crook as Worzel Gummidge

This remake of the classic 1980s television series has been warmly received by critics and audiences alike, with Mackenzie Crook taking on writing and directing duties as well as starring in the title role. Watch Worzel Gummidge on BBC iPlayer

The Trial of Christine Keeler

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BBC One’s new drama series tells the story of the woman at the heart of one of the 20th Century’s biggest scandals: The Profumo Affair. Watch The Trial of Christine Keeler on BBC iPlayer

Killing Eve

Series 1 & 2


Jodie Comer’s Villanelle and Sandra Oh’s Eve are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse in this sharp, witty and gruesome thriller, which has been renewed for a third seasonWatch Killing Eve on BBC iPlayer