It sure has been a great start to the year with plenty of shows landing on BBC iPlayer to nurse us through the cold and windy months.

Recently, the second season of Irish character-driven crime drama Kin has landed on iPlayer, meaning another dose of the Kinsellas, a Dublin crime family who face a seemingly impossible gangland war.

Brand new drama The Way is also available to watch in full, although it's currently also airing weekly on BBC One, marking the directorial debut for Michael Sheen. The new series sees the Driscoll family in the middle of a civil war after a shocking death rocks their small industrial town.

The cast boasts the likes of Steffan Rhodri (Men Up) and Callum Scott Howells (It's A Sin), but is sure is to be unlike anything you've seen on BBC as of late.

A similarly new release that is a welcome shake-up to the usual schedule of hard-hitting dramas is new series Boarders.

While this comedy-drama may go under the radar, it's well worth a watch and follows five Black students who are given scholarships to enter St Gilbert's, a prestigious sixth form that is in serious crisis control after a controversial video of their students goes viral. The episodes deal with themes like racism and stereotyping, but the series doesn't feel heavy at all, delivering some seriously funny lines that will stick with you after watching.

But of course, there's plenty more to get stuck into on the platform that aren't just the latest releases. Lest we forget standout hits like Happy Valley, true crime drama The Gold, dark mystery series Wolf, Vigil season 2 or action-thriller Boat Story, to name a few.

If you fancy watching any of these right now, they're available at the click of a button on BBC iPlayer, with plenty more boxsets of classic series and iconic modern shows available to binge your way through.

We've put together a list of all the best series available right now, so you can find something to suit you without all that endless scrolling, whether you're a thriller fan or are more into sci-fi or period dramas.

Read on for our top BBC drama picks.

Showing items 1 to 24 of 60

  • The Newsreader

    • 2021
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Australian drama following the unlikely bond between a young TV reporter and a female newsreader in the 1980s. Starring Anna Torv and Sam Reid

    Why watch The Newsreader?:

    With Anna Torv (Mindhunter) at the helm of this Australian drama, it was always going to be a surefire hit of a series. But even more so, The Newsreader is an intriguing insight into the inner workings of an Australian newsroom – with all the workplace discrimination, misogyny and chaos to ponder over.

    Taking us back to 1986, the series follows newsreader Helen Norville and new colleague Dale Jennings (Sam Reid) who are both desperately trying to work their way up the nightly news show ladder. Helen is an established anchor, continually turned down by her manager to cover genuinely thought-provoking stories, while Dale is often overlooked. But when Helen takes a leave of absence from work, the two strike up an unlikely bond. As much as this series is a reflection of the times and the hurdles women had to face in the workplace, it’s also a tale of friendship, career and hopefulness. – Morgan Cormack

    How to watch
  • Vienna Blood

    • 2019
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 15

    Summary:

    Crime drama, following Max Liebermann, a medical student and protegé of Sigmund Freud, who helps Detective Rheinhardt in the investigation of a series of disturbing murders around 1900s Vienna. Matthew Beard and Juergen Maurer star

    Why watch Vienna Blood?:

    The thing that sets Vienna Blood apart from most is the fact that, as well as being concerned with some truly puzzling murder cases, it’s also set against the backdrop of 1900s Vienna. At the time, the Austrian capital was a hotbed of culture, aristocracy and art, making the series one that also showcases some truly wonderful locations.

    The psychological period drama follows know-it-all junior doctor Max Liebermann (Matthew Beard), and taciturn detective, detective inspector Oskar Rheinhardt (Juergen Maurer), who form an unlikely crime-solving partnership.

    If you’ve watched Netflix’s Mindhunter, there’s a very high chance that you’ll lap this series up as it’s concerned with many of the same themes, particularly the psychology of murderers and psychopaths. – Morgan Cormack

    How to watch
  • Everything I Know About Love

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Comedy

    Summary:

    Childhood best friends Maggie and Birdy explore whether their relationship can survive romantic love as they grow up in a comedy starring Emma Appleton and Bel Powley.

    Why watch Everything I Know about Love?:

    When this drama was released in summer 2022, it was quickly swept up by Dolly Alderton fans and newcomers alike. The comedy series was adapted from Alderton’s memoir of the same name and follows childhood best friends Maggie (Emma Appleton) and Birdy (Bel Powley) as they move to London with other friends Nell (Marli Siu) and Amara (Aliyah Odoffin).

    The quartet are primed and ready for their new adventure together in the capital city and it promises a newfound life of hectic nights out, house parties, new friends and lovers alike. But that’s all until Birdy gets into a relationship. It’s the kind that’s all-consuming and soon, Maggie has to reckon with the fact that she’s not Birdy’s number one person anymore.

    The series, while being positively hilarious and nostalgic (there’s plenty of Kate Moss at Topshop and early 2000s music to really get you in the mood), is also an intriguing look into female friendships, identity, career and all the heady things that come from being in your early 20s. – Morgan Cormack

    How to watch
  • Murdered by My Boyfriend

    • Drama
    • Romance
    • 2014
    • Paul Andrew Williams
    • 60 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama about a teenage girl's romance with an older man who, although handsome and initially charming, soon begins to dominate every aspect of her life as his jealous and possessive nature gets out of control. Starring Georgina Campbell and Royce Pierreson

    Why watch Murdered by My Boyfriend?:

    As the rates of domestic abuse continued to spiral in the UK throughout the numerous 2020 and 2021 lockdowns, there’s a vital drama from 2014 that should be mandatory viewing for younger audiences. Murdered by My Boyfriend is a harrowing story based on a real-life case in which Georgina Campbell plays Ashley Jones, a young woman whose boyfriend’s abusive behaviour begins to escalate before reaching a horrific end. Ashley’s boyfriend Reece is played by Royce Pierreson (who’s gone on to appear in Line of Duty, The Witcher and The Irregulars), and he’s dangerously charming and nice to begin with before he increasingly starts to control her life more.

    While the 60-minute film was nominated for Best Single Drama at the BAFTAs (but failed to win) Georgina Campbell rightfully won the award for Best Actress for her leading role in the film. It’s not entertaining subject matter, but it is a necessary watch – especially for younger audiences who should be made aware of the dangers behind this kind of coercive behaviour. Although it is based on a real-life case involving domestic violence, the names of all those involved were changed by writer Regina Moriarty. – Eammon Jacobs

    How to watch
  • Don't Take My Baby

    • Drama
    • 2015
    • Ben Anthony
    • 57 mins
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama based on real-life testimony telling the story of 21-year-old wheelchair user Anna and her partially sighted partner Tom as they struggle to keep their newborn baby. Can they provide the care and attention their daughter needs, or will social worker Belinda have to consider alternative care? Ruth Madeley and Adam Long star, with Wumni Mosaku

    Why watch Don't Take My Baby?:

    The title alone is nightmare-inducing – more heartbreaking is that this factual drama is based on real-life testimony. Wheelchair user Anna and partially sighted Tom are a devoted mother and father to baby Danielle, but social worker Belinda calls their parenting skills into doubt due to their disabilities. With mounting pressure from social services, their parents and each other, Anna and Tom must ask some honest questions of each other as they fight for custody of their newborn.

    The drama was made as part of BBC Three’s Defying the Label series that saw 15 new programmes examine life with a disability – with Don’t Take My Baby as the runaway success, earning Best Single Drama at the 2016 BAFTA’s along with a raft of other nominations. The series was praised in particular for its handling of the little-discussed issue of the nation’s 11,000 disabled couples, and the UK Children’s Services who pass judgement on whether they can keep them. Tough questions with no easy answers are asked throughout the drama that may well call prejudices and beliefs into doubt, not just about the disabled community, but society as a whole.

    Ruth Madeley stars in a BAFTA-nominated performance as mother Anna, and would later go on to key roles in Cold Feet and Years and Years. Also fighting for his family is Happy Valley’s Adam Long, who similarly won critical acclaim including a Royal Television Society Award nomination. – Daniel Furn

    How to watch
  • Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

    • 2022
    • Mystery
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a brand-new set of Little Liars finds themselves tormented by an unknown assailant.

    Why watch Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin?:

    Based on the books by Sara Shepard, Pretty Little Liars has spawned three spin-off series; the latest in the franchise takes place within the same universe but with a new cast and set in a new location. Leaning heavily into the teen slasher genre, the series sees a group of teenage girls sent threatening messages from “A”, who wants to hold them accountable for their mothers’ mistakes, which led to a tragic death. – Laura Rutkowski

    How to watch
  • The Fades

    • 2011
    • Fantasy
    • Horror
    • 15

    Summary:

    "The Fades" is a fantasy horror starring Iain De Caestecker as Paul, a teenager haunted by apocalyptic dreams that neither his therapist nor his best friend Mac (Daniel Kaluuya) can provide answers for. In the first episode, Paul starts to see the Fades - the spirits of the dead - all around him. The six-part series also stars Daniela Nardini, Tom Ellis and Natalie Dormer. It premiered on BBC Three and the BBC HD Channel in September 2011.

    Why watch The Fades?:

    BBC Three’s slate of programming was incredible before the channel was pulled off-air in 2016, and one of the most underrated shows was 2012’s The Fades from writer and creator Jack Thorne. The series followed Iain DeCaestecker as Paul, a 17-year old student who discovers he’s actually an ‘Angelic’ and has been pulled into a war with vengeful spirits of the dead, known as ‘The Fades’. With a brilliant touch of horror, the series was as if Skins had been crossed with Supernatural.

    It was a thrilling show, and it didn’t garner nearly as enough attention as it deserved. Which is surprising because it paired DeCaestecker up with an incredible cast of stars including 2021 Academy Award winner Daniel Kaluuya, Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer, Lucifer star Tom Ellis and Skins alumni Joe Dempsie. With the threat of an apocalypse on the way, the six episode series was a gripping watch. And although it was violent enough to give it an edge, The Fades never pushed into gory horror movie territory. That’s not to say it wasn’t without its scares, because it was undeniably creepy at times. It’s a genuine shame that a second season was never commissioned but at least most of its cast moved on to bigger projects. – Eammon Jacobs

    How to watch
  • Peaky Blinders

    • 2013
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 18

    Summary:

    A gangster family epic set in 1900s England, centering on a gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby.

    Why watch Peaky Blinders?:

    Undoubtedly one of the biggest crime dramas of the 21st century, Peaky Blinders was the little show that could, coming from humble beginnings on BBC Two to become a global success story. All six seasons are now available to stream on iPlayer, meaning you can chart Tommy Shelby’s entire journey, from small-time gang boss to a moneyed Member of Parliament.

    The series was always hyper-stylish, helping to influence trends itself, but it was more than the style that grabbed people – it was the characters, whether it was Tom Hardy’s Alfie Solomons, the late great Helen McCrory’s Polly Shelby or Sam Claflin’s insidious Oswald Mosley.

    But of course, everything really came down to Cillian Murphy and his transformative, electric performance as Tommy. A complex, sometimes loveable yet highly flawed character right to the end, his was a journey to rival Breaking Bad’s Walter White. There’s now talk of a film sequel to the series and let’s just say, after the explosive series finale, we’re definitely on board. – James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • I May Destroy You

    • 2020
    • Drama
    • 18

    Summary:

    Drama exploring the question of sexual consent in contemporary life, written by and starring Michaela Coel.

    Why watch I May Destroy You?:

    To put it simply, Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You is astonishing. In just six hours (split across 12 30-minute episodes), the show covers a staggering amount of ground, providing a detailed and insightful examination of sexual consent and assault in numerous forms. The show certainly doesn’t shy away from its sensitive subject matter – Coel told Radio Times that the BBC “let [her] do anything” and didn’t restrict or hamper the show’s content – but its razor-sharp wit and beautifully written characters go a long way to keeping the conversation accessible.

    Her portrayal of Arabella was one of the best performances of 2020 without any doubt, but co-stars Paapa Essiedu and Weruche Opia are also phenomenal, each of them excelling in both comedic and heart-wrenching scenes. Scoring eight BAFTA nominations in 2021, and winning 5, I May Destroy You is not only hugely compelling television, it’s important, educational, and impossible to forget.David Craig

    How to watch
  • Strike

    • 2017
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 15

    Summary:

    Robin meets Raphael for a drink, and he explains more about Freddie's bullying of Rhiannon, which gives Geraint a strong motive for Chiswell's murder.

    Why watch Strike?:

    Strike is adapted from JK Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series which she penned under the Robert Galbraith pseudonym. It follows an army veteran as he picks up a career as a private detective in London, with Tom Burke playing the eponymous investigator. Strike uses the skills that he picked up when working for the Special Investigation Branch to solve cases for the police. The series is largely carried by Burke’s effortless chemistry with Holliday Grainger, who appears alongside him as Strike’s assistant, Robin Ellacott.

    It isn’t quite as frantic or chaotic like Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock, but its unique crimes and mysteries push both the actors and the audience to approach the story in new ways. Since 2017 the series has adapted the first four books; The Cuckoo’s Calling, The Silkworm, Career of Evil and Lethal White, and an adaptation of the fifth, Troubled Blood is has just arrived. And no, before you ask, there’s not a wand in sight. – Eammon Jacobs

    How to watch
  • Mayflies

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Andrea Gibb's two-part adaptation of Andrew O'Hagan's novel, starring Tony Curran and Martin Compston as old friends reunited 30 years after the greatest summer of their lives. In 1986, Tully and Jimmy made a vow to live their lives differently after a magical weekend in Manchester. After 30 years, Tully gets back in touch with Jimmy bearing bad news, and makes a request that will test their friendship, love, and loyalty to the limit

    Why watch Mayflies?:

    A wise and sober dramatisation by Andrea Gibb of the novel by Andrew O’Hagan, it stars Tony Curran and Martin Compston as lifelong best pals who, when one of them faces death, have their friendship tested like never before. The story carries a devastating, somehow cleansing sadness, while simultaneously celebrating the glory of friendship as a bond just as strong as romantic love. – Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • This Is Going to Hurt

    • 2022
    • Comedy
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Comedy drama based on the bestselling book by Adam Kay, documenting his time as a junior doctor in obstetrics and gynaecology. Starring Ben Whishaw and Ambika Mod

    Why watch This Is Going to Hurt?:

    Over the years we’ve seen countless medical dramas hit our screens, but it’s only now that we realise what so many of them were missing – they haven’t felt real. That’s not a problem for This is Going to Hurt, the perfectly crafted adaptation of Adam Kay’s autobiographical medical book This Is Going to Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor. With Kay also on writing duties here, he brings his own wealth of insights to create a series that is at once a loving tribute to the NHS, while also being a searing indictment of the budget cuts and entrenched systems which allow our medical practitioners to go drastically under-supported.

    With a never-better Ben Whishaw leading a stellar cast, including Alex Jennings, Harriet Walter and breakout star Ambika Mod, who shines in her first ever TV role, This is Going to Hurt might not be one for the squeamish, but it certainly packs a powerful dramatic punch. – James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • Bloodlands

    Summary:

    Seeking solace for the past and protecting present-day peace. When cold cases threaten to expose a legendary assassin, the stakes have never been higher for DCI Tom Brannick.

    Why watch Bloodlands?:

    If you’re aching for a new crime drama to grip you while you’re waiting for Line of Duty series seven to be confirmed, then Mother of God, you need to watch Bloodlands. The James Nesbitt-fronted series comes from Line of Duty and Bodyguard executive producer Jed Mercurio, so just prepare yourself for some shocking twists. The four-part series follows DCI Tom Brannick (Nesbitt) as he connects the kidnapping of a former-IRA member to a mysterious assassin known only as Goliath. It’s very easy to become quickly invested in Bloodlands as the conspiracy presents more layers for audiences to peel back with each new episode.

    It’ll definitely keep your eyes glued to the screen – especially when certain revelations come to light. Needless to say, James Nesbitt commands everyone’s attention with this one. This Northern Irish noir (Noirthern Irish, anybody?) also features some of the most intense interrogation scenes to rival the ones seen in the AC-12 offices. There’s only four episodes in the first season, so it’s an easy binge-watch. And yes, season two has already been greenlit, not that we’re excited or anything. – Eammon Jacobs

    How to access
  • The Responder

    • 2022
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 15

    Summary:

    Crime drama starring Martin Freeman as a police response officer struggling with financial commitments, family problems and mental health issues

    Why watch The Responder?:

    The premise for Martin Freeman’s latest drama doesn’t sound like much. It’s the story of a police officer in Liverpool who struggles with the pressures of the job and has shady relationships with people on the wrong side of the law. Pitch that to a TV executive and you might get short shrift. But in practice it’s powerful stuff, an unsettling tale written by Tony Shumacher – himself a former policeman – with such a pained performance by Freeman that it makes you want to hug the next copper you see and tell them everything will be OK…

    How to watch
  • Chloe

    • 2022
    • Thriller
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Psychological thriller starring Erin Doherty and Poppy Gilbert

    Why watch Chloe?:

    This six-part psychological thriller from writer and director Alice Seabright stars The Crown’s Erin Doherty as outsider Becky, whose obsession with social media star Chloe takes a Machiavellian turn after Chloe takes her own life. She decides fake her identity and ingratiate herself within Chloe’s friendship group, and from there the schemes and social climbing begins, in this timely, shocking and compelling drama. – James Hibbs

    How to watch
  • Time

    • 2021
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 15

    Summary:

    Prison drama created by Jimmy McGovern

    Why watch Time?:

    Jimmy McGovern’s prison drama lays bare the brutality of the penal system by following inmates who in different ways seem out of place inside. In the first run, Sean Bean is a man who has made an awful mistake and is as troubled by his conscience as he is by the violent hierarchies in place on his wing, while Stephen Graham co-stars as a prison officer forced into corruption. The new, second run stars Jodie Whittaker as a harshly imprisoned mum for whom incarceration is a nightmarish extension of her existing parenting woes. - Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • The Tourist

    • 2022
    • Mystery
    • Thriller
    • 15

    Summary:

    Drama, starring Jamie Dornan as a man with no memory pursued across the Australian Outback by enemies from the past he cannot remember

    Why watch The Tourist?:

    The latest new drama from The Missing’s Harry and Jack Williams, this six-parter stars Jamie Dornan as a man who wakes up in a hospital in a very unenviable position: he has no idea of the circumstances which led to his hospitalisation, suffering from a severe case of memory loss. Referred to only as The Man, Dornan’s character slowly tries to piece his life together across the six-episode run, with the series taking plenty of twists and turns along the way.

    In addition to the mystery elements, there is also plenty of offbeat comedy to enjoy – with a slew of eccentric supporting characters regularly popping up as The Man attempts to rediscover his identity and recall the events that caused his memory loss. Set against a barren Australian backdrop, it’s a series that at times feels like it’s borrowing elements from various other films and TV shows, but it nonetheless remains very much its own thing – a little overstuffed and tonally muddled perhaps, but extremely enjoyable all the same. – Patrick Cremona

    How to watch
  • Industry

    • 2020
    • Drama

    Summary:

    Young bankers and traders make their way in the financial world in the aftermath of the 2008 collapse

    Why watch Industry?:

    A young, unfamiliar cast bring an unstable energy to an edgy drama, set in the London investment banking sector. The new intake of hopefuls trying to make it in high finance ought to be some of that generation’s brightest and best, but they are still young adults who make mistakes – and often, their high opinion of their own abilities is their downfall. That’s as true in their personal lives as it is in an office environment where extreme pressure is the norm. – Jack Seale

    How to watch
  • Torchwood

    • 2006
    • Drama
    • Sci-fi
    • 15

    Summary:

    "Torchwood" is a spin-off of "Doctor Who" following the work of a shadowy organisation in Cardiff that investigates monsters and aliens. Created by Russell T Davies, it premiered on BBC Three in 2006. The team is led by Capt Jack Harkness (John Barrowman), an alien lothario who became immortal during his last encounter with the Time Lord. He is initially joined by operative Gwen Cooper (Eve Myles), medical officer Owen Harper (Burn Gorman), computer specialist Toshiko Sato (Naoko Mori) and administrator Ianto Jones (Gareth David-Lloyd). The third series, "Torchwood: Children of the Earth", was shown in five parts across a single week on BBC One in 2009. It saw Capt Jack and his team called to the rescue when every single child in the world suddenly stops in their tracks and utters in unison "We are coming". The fourth series, "Torchwood: Miracle Day", was a British-American ten-part co-production that explores the consequences of a world where nobody dies. It aired on BBC One in 2011.

    Why watch Torchwood?:

    Doctor Who has always been renowned for its scary sci-fi (who can forget the terror of the Weeping Angels, eh?) but Russell T Davies’ Torchwood was given the opportunity to really get gritty. The show plunged its hands into the filth of how the existence of aliens would affect the planet as a time-rift in Cardiff (of all places) kept Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) and his team plenty busy. Torchwood was sexy, bloody and a lot of fun. If you haven’t seen it before, think of it like a very British take on The X-Files or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with each episode featuring a monster-of-the-week before tying into an overarching storyline. As the Doctor Who revival of the early 2000s continued to be popular it was no surprise that Torchwood struck a chord with fans as it introduced hordes of new characters and monsters, offering a gory outlet for those who imagined what an adult version of the time-travel show could look like. After an impressive two seasons, it later returned in 2009 and 2011 with two miniseries, Children of Earth and Miracle Day – focusing on two sprawling storylines, with the latter taking the team to America. Many fans still hope for a fifth outing for Torchwood, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. – Eammon Jacobs

    How to watch
  • Four Lives

    • 2022
    • Documentary and factual
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Fact-based drama telling the story of murderer Stephen Port, convicted of killing four men in 2016, from the point of view of his victims and their families. Stephen Merchant, Sheridan Smith and Jaime Winstone

    Why watch Four Lives?:

    This three-part true-crime drama tells the harrowing story of the four young men who were murdered by convicted serial killer Stephen Port in 2014 and 2015. Written and created by Jeff Pope and Neil McKay, the series shines a light on all four victims and their loved ones whilst also highlighting the missteps made by authorities when investigating the cases.

    Stephen Merchant gives a memorably chilling performance as Port, while there are also great turns from the likes of Sheridan Smith, Tim Preston, Jakub Svec, Leo Flanagan and Paddy Rowan. It’s a heartbreaking programme, but very much one worth watching. – Patrick Cremona

    How to watch
  • Sherlock

    • 2010
    • Drama
    • Crime/detective
    • 12

    Summary:

    "Sherlock" brought iconic detective Sherlock Holmes firmly into the 21st century in a contemporary version created by Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Benedict Cumberbatch plays the astute detective, with Martin Freeman as his companion Dr Watson. The first 90-minute edition sees Watson returning from a tour in Afghanistan where he was injured. He meets Sherlock who needs a flatmate and moves into 221B Baker Street. A series of apparent suicides baffles the police, so they turn to Sherlock for his unique investigative skills. It premiered on BBC One in July 2010.

    Why watch Sherlock?:

    Many were sceptical at the idea of a 21st -century version of Conan Doyle’s detective – but Sherlock is far better than it has any right to be. This fresh, modern and mind-bending reimagining from Doctor Who scribes Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss takes several of Conan Doyle’s famous stories and not only updates them for the modern audience, but adds a truly unique spin with humorous and highly quotable one-liners, a complex and evolving friendship and, of course, some of the best twists and turns to ever grace our televisions.

    It’s no wonder that this show helped launch Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman to Hollyood stardom – Cumberbatch excels as the ‘high-functioning sociopath’ with a genius mind but a lack of social skills, and Freeman excellently anchors him as a loyal partner both professionally and more importantly, personally. As well as great turns form the likes of Una Stubbs and Rupert Graves, particular mention has to go to Andrew Scott – before he was Fleabag’s ‘hot priest’, he very nearly stole the show with only a few episodes of screen time as the delightfully malicious mastermind Moriarty.

    Sherlock is impressively faithful to Doyle’s original works in many ways, makes some interesting new additions in others but mostly updates to his iconic stories in some seriously clever and creative ways – just wait until you see how the show’s take on The Reichenbach Fall perplexed the internet for years. Its episodic nature means there’s been a few hiccups down the road – but Sherlock at the height of its powers is some of the finest crime drama on British TV. – Daniel Furn

    How to watch
  • The Secrets She Keeps

    • 2020
    • Thriller
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Adaptation of Michael Robotham's novel, with Laura Carmichael and Jessica De Gouw as two pregnant women from different backgrounds with devastating secrets

    Why watch The Secrets She Keeps?:

    Class politics, pregnancy and the power of reputation collide in this Sydney-set psychological thriller imported from Down Under. The Secrets She Keeps follows forlorn shelf-stacker Agatha who idolises the seemingly perfect life of influencer Meghan, who just so happens to be at the same stage of pregnancy as Agatha. However babies are not all the two are carrying – and after a chance meeting at the supermarket, the explosive secrets weighing down on both expectant mothers will culminate in an unforgivable act.

    The plot twists in this may not be all that unpredictable – especially if you’re aware of the true story the show is based on – but that’s not the point. Instead, the show’s charm comes from slow-burn tension and dark humour as well as the expected soapy elements, making for a unique noirish exploration of femininity, motherhood and image.

    The true strength in The Secrets She Keeps, however, is the performances from the two leads, namely Arrow’s Jessica De Gouw as Meghan, but Downton Abbey’s Laura Carmichael as Agatha in particular. Worlds away from Lady Edith Crawley, Carmichael plays grippingly against type as the delicate but disturbing supermarket employee determined to have the life she wants – even if belongs to someone else. – Daniel Furn

    How to watch
  • Normal People

    • 2020
    • Romance
    • Drama
    • 15

    Summary:

    Adaptation of Sally Rooney's novel about the complex friendship and relationship between teenagers Marianne and Connell. Starring Paul Mescal and Daisy Edgar-Jones

    Why watch Normal People?:

    This heartbreaking drama follows two young students Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal) and Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar Jones) who begin an intense affair at school before their own insecurities get the better of them, causing a rift in their unique relationship. Based on the novel by critically acclaimed author Sally Rooney, the series follows their lives as they grapple with their own emotions while still trying to desperately cling on to one another. At times, Normal People is heartfelt and poignant, and at others it’s emotionally devastating. What’s even more impressive is this was Paul Mescal’s first major television role, and he’s made a sublime impression on audiences with his truly gut-wrenching performance.

    Because Sally Rooney wrote the series (alongside Alice Birch and Alice O’Rowe) those who read the 2018 book will recognise just how faithful to the original story Normal People is. And with a brilliant direction from Lenny Abrahamson and Hettie Macdonald, it’s unsurprising that the series was nominated for, and won a collection of awards. – Eammon Jacobs

    How to watch
  • Doctor Who

    Summary:

    The modern adventures across space and time - from Christopher Eccleston to Jodie Whittaker. It's the trip of a lifetime.

    Why watch Doctor Who?:

    There's no way of overselling the impact of the longest-running science-fiction series of all time in Doctor Who.

    Now on their fifteenth incarnation, the Time Lord known as The Doctor has travelled through time and space in his ship known as the TARDIS and often takes companions on his travels with him - often from Earth.

    This year saw the 60th anniversary of the show and for it, we saw the return of beloved previous showrunner Russell T Davies, David Tennant back as The Doctor, and Catherine Tate back as beloved companion Donna Noble for three specials!

    Now, following a revolutionary event known as bigeneration, we have our Fifteenth Doctor, played by the fabulous Ncuti Gatwa from Sex Education.

    The hype has never been stronger for Doctor Who and BBC iPlayer now boasts the epic Whoniverse section which includes every available episode from the classic run of the show and every episode since the series was revived in 2005, plus specials and spin-off series including Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, and the recent Tales of the TARDIS.

    As we eagerly anticipate further episodes with Gatwa's Doctor and new companion Ruby Sunday (Millie Gibson) there is tons to whet your appetite until then! - Lewis Knight.

    How to access
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement