The best shows available to watch on BBCiPlayer right now!

Killing Eve is on BBCiPlayer right now
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From Killing Eve to Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends, BBCiPlayer is crammed with must-watch gems...

BBCiPlayer is a treasure trove of terrific shows, from thrillers to amazing wildlife shows to cracking documentaries.

Here’s the best shows available to watch on BBCiPlayer right now!

Where can I watch Killing Eve series one?

Jodie Comer as Villanelle in Killing Eve, which is still available on BBC iPlayer

Villanelle (Jodie Comer) in BBC iPlayer hit Killing Eve

Doctor Foster actress Jodie Comer stars in this cracker thriller as the ruthless but curiously likeable killer Villanelle opposite Sandra Oh (Grey’s Anatomy) as her nemesis, security operative Eve Polastri. Adapted from Luke Jennings’ Codename Villanelle novellas by Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the series whizzes along at an amazing pace. And it’s surprisingly funny seeing it’s about a serial killer who relishes murdering people! Series two is on the way soon…

Where can I watch War & Peace?

War on Peace is on BBCiPlayer right now

War & Peace is on BBCiPlayer right now

One of the great works of literature is adapted for TV by one of our finest screenwriters, Andrew Davies (Bleak House, Pride and Prejudice, House of Cards). Tolstoy’s epic story is brought to exquisite life by as good a cast as ever assembled on a British drama, and features Gillian Anderson among others. The huge cast shine in this story of tangled lives and loves during the Napoleonic Wars.

Where can I watch Bodyguard?

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You’d have to have spent the last year on Mars not to have heard of this gripping thriller starring Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes (Starring in new C4 series Traitors). Penned by award-winning Line of Duty writer Jed Mercurio, it revolves around ambitious Home Secretary Julia Montague (Hawes) and her protection officer, David Budd (Madden). Expect twists galore and yes, it does live up to the hype!

Where can I watch Wanderlust?


Toni Collette stars in Wanderlust

Hollywood star Toni Collette makes her British TV debut in this funny and raunchy six-part drama about a married couple trying to put the spark back in their relationship. The star, whose big-screen hits include The Sixth Sense and Muriel’s Wedding, plays Joy, a therapist who begins to reassess her marriage to teacher Alan (Steven Mackintosh) after suffering a terrible bicycle accident. Warm and honest, this is a refreshingly down-to-earth relationship drama.

Where can I watch Doctor Who – Resolution?

Doctor Who 2018 Christmas Special on New Year's Day

You can still catch the New Year's Day episode of Doctor Who on BBCiPlayer

Missed the New Year’s Day episode of Doctor Who? Well, don’t worry this rollercoaster adventure is still available to watch on BBCiPlayer as Jodie Whittaker’s Doctor faces a terrifying threat. Does this signal the return of the Daleks? Call the Midwife star Charlotte Ritchie and Indian Summers’ Nikesh Patel guest star.

Where can I watch Press?

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Written by Doctor Foster creator Mike Bartlett and starring Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) and Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard), this drama about journalists on two very different newspapers has a strong pedigree. They play driven Holly (Riley), deputy news editor of broadsheet The Herald, and charismatic but ruthless Duncan (Chaplin), successful editor of tabloid The Post. The pair have less than perfect private lives, and their paths cross thanks to a story Holly is bent on pursuing.

Where can I watch Life?

Dozens of polar bears feasting on a whale, a billion butterflies gathering in a Mexican forest, a snake hibernating in the frozen wilds of Canada... Some of the natural world’s most astonishing sights come to our screens in this landmark BBC series. Narrated by David Attenborogh, the 10-part series took four years to make and focuses on the extraordinary patterns of behaviour developed by animals and plants in their quest for survival, with many scenes never before captured on film. Life is a fascinating and rare treat!

Where can I watch Planet Earth and Planet Earth II?

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The rarely seen snow leopard is captured by the cameras on Planet Earth ll

There are so many good things to be said about the BBC’s ground-breaking series that it’s hard to hit the highlights. Shots from space, sweeping aerials, storm cloud rides – it’s little wonder TV retailers played it in store to sell HD TVs! There are plenty of cute moments (look out for the polar bears) but terrific savagery here too – particularly in the hunt sequences. Though for sheer comedy value, you can’t beat the birds of paradise. First prize to the birdie that looks like a Smash potato Martian! A truly out-of-this-world series, leading 10 years later to a second series, Planet Earth II, which, thanks to camera technology developments, shows us our planet in even more depth and clarity.

Where can I watch Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends?

Here’s a chance to see Louis in the early days of his career. Catch all 17 episodes from three series of his Weird Weekends which see him meet, among others, TV evangelists, swingers and world champion wrestlers.

Where can I watch People Just Do Nothing?

This award-winning BBC series follows MC Grindah, DJ Beats and the rest of their dim-witted pals as they struggle to hit the big time with their pirate garage radio station, Kurupt FM, which broadcasts illegally to West London. This slow burner comedy, stuffed with hilarious characters, was rightly acclaimed and picked up a BAFTA in 2017.

Where can I watch Fleabag?

It’s not long now until the second series of this bawdy but poignant sitcom, starring its creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, plus Hugh Skinner, Bill Paterson and Olivia Colman. Before series two arrives, catch the first run now!

We will update this article about BBCiPlayer as shows are added or removed.

David Hollingsworth

David is the What To Watch Editor and has over 20 years of experience in television journalism. He is currently writing about the latest television and film news for What To Watch.

Before working for What To Watch, David spent many years on TV Times magazine, interviewing some of television's most famous stars including Hollywood actor Kiefer Sutherland, singer Lionel Richie and wildlife legend Sir David Attenborough. 

David started out as a writer on TV Times before becoming the title's deputy features editor and then features editor. During his time on TV Times, David also helped run the annual TV Times Awards. David is a huge Death in Paradise fan, although he's still failed to solve a case before the show's detective! He also loves James Bond and controversially thinks that Timothy Dalton was an excellent 007.

Other than watching and writing about telly, David loves playing cricket, going to the cinema, trying to improve his tennis and chasing about after his kids!