How to watch Spent online: stream Michelle de Swarte’s new comedy-drama series FREE on BBC iPlayer

Michelle de Swarte as former catwalk model Mia in new BBC comedy Spent
(Image credit: BBC)

Michelle de Swarte writes and stars in Spent, the gut-bustingly funny new BBC series about a catwalk model forced to slum it when her glossy, VIP lifestyle implodes. Think ‘Kate Moss goes to Walmart’ as we explain below how to watch Spent online, debuting on Monday, July 8.

UK viewers can watch Spent online absolutely FREE on BBC iPlayer. But if you happen to be away from home, don’t fret, because you can watch Spent on BBC iPlayer from anywhere with a VPN.

Quick links

UK: BBC Two | BBC iPlayer (free with a valid TV licence)

Episodes: 6

How to use a VPN to watch any stream

Spent is a semi-autobiographical endeavour for de Swarte, whose own modelling career abruptly bottomed out. “I napalmed my life in a spectacular fashion,” she says, “and found myself moving back to London with nothing to show for all of my time working in fashion and all of the silly money I made along the way.”

A product of her transition into acting, De Swarte plays Mia (de Swarte). This “cost of living comedy” sees her flee her debtors in America and return to her childhood home. She’s bankrupt, but can’t quite admit it to her mum (Juliet Cowan), her best friend Jo (Amanda Wilkin), or to herself. After a life of haute couture, she can’t go back to hand-me-downs.

Spent embraces the reality of rocketing fuel and food prices through the conflicted, comic perspective of Mia, whose admission that “I just like nice stuff” is tragically relatable. The show also offers a surreptitious thrill of schadenfreude to those of us for whom being broke is the norm.

Also starring Peep Show’s Matt King and produced by BAFTA-winning production company Various Artists Ltd (I May Destroy You, Such Brave Girls), this new BBC comedy-drama is one not to miss. Read our guide for how to watch Spent online from anywhere and for free. We’ve got all the information you need below.

How to watch Spent online FREE in the UK

Monday, July 810 pm UK time

UK viewers can watch Spent online from Monday, July 8, on BBC Two, with episodes airing at 10 pm UK time. Spent will comprise of six episodes in total, and new instalments will be broadcast at the same time each week.

Alternatively, you can watch the entire series 100% FREE on BBC iPlayer from July 8, with the show being available as one big boxset from that date. If you plan on watching Spent live – online or on linear TV – then you’ll need to ensure you have a valid TV license.

We’ve provided a full episode release date and time schedule below.

Can I watch Spent online in the US?

There’s been no indication that a US broadcaster has acquired the comedy debut of Michelle de Swarte, so it likely won't be available to stream in the United States anytime soon.

That means you’ll need a VPN to connect to BBC iPlayer if you’re traveling outside the UK when Spent airs.

Can I watch Spent online in Australia?

Unfortunately, Aussies won’t be able to watch Spent online anytime soon either. As soon as we hear that it’s coming to streaming Down Under, we’ll update our latest information here.

A Brit abroad? Download a VPN to connect to regionally-specific services like iPlayer and stream your favorite shows, no matter where you are in the world.

How to watch Spent online from anywhere with a VPN

If you're going to be away from your normal TV setup but still want to watch Spent online, you might run into some problems. Thankfully, you can solve this exact issue with a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

A VPN lets you change your IP address to that of the area of what you want to watch, meaning you can tune in to your favorite shows or other content even if you're not there. Our favorite is NordVPN.


NordVPN is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to watch what you want, from wherever you want to watch it.

It's straightforward and easy to use, has great security, is available on loads of streaming devices and, best of all, it comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee, so you can try it out 100% risk-free. Give it a go.

What is the Spent release schedule?

UK citizens can watch Spent on BBC Two from Monday, July 8. There will be six episodes in total, broadcast weekly at 10 pm UK time. However, the entire series will be available to stream as a boxset on BBC iPlayer from the show’s debut, so you can binge this addictive new comedy-drama without delay.

See the release schedule below for individual dates and broadcast times.

  • Episode 1 – Monday, July 8 at 10 pm UK on BBC Two
  • Episode 2 – Monday, July 15 at 10 pm UK on BBC Two
  • Episode 3 – Monday, July 22 at 10 pm UK on BBC Two
  • Episode 4 – Monday, July 29 at 10 pm UK on BBC Two
  • Episode 5 – Monday, August 5 at 10 pm UK on BBC Two
  • Episode 6 – Monday, August 12 at 10 pm UK on BBC Two

Watch the Spent trailer

Catch the trailer for the new BBC Two comedy Spent here:

Spent - Series 1 | Trailer - BBC - YouTube Spent - Series 1 | Trailer - BBC - YouTube
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How can I watch Spent in the UK?

Michelle de Swarte’s new comedy Spent will air on BBC Two starting from Monday, July 8, with episodes available to stream on BBC iPlayer on-demand shortly after their initial broadcast.

Who is in the cast of Spent?

  • Michelle de Swarte as Mia
  • Juliet Cowan as Chrissy
  • Amanda Wilkin as Jo
  • Matt King as Mills
  • Jamali Maddix as Marc
  • Karl Collins as Teddy
  • Eleanor Nawal as Ella
  • Rachel Ofori as Liv
  • Charles Camrose as Ian
  • Morgan Watkins as Rusty
  • Joseph Ollman as David
  • Leemore Marrett Jr as Jermaine
  • Delroy Brown
  • Victoria Alcock
  • Alaa Habib
  • Levi Brown
Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer based in the UK. He's a regular contributor to the likes of TechRadar and CinemaBlend, but he also writes across the cultural spectrum for magazines such as Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had his work syndicated internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 7!) and he never tires of listening to 80s music on the radio.