How to watch 'Three Families' online anywhere in the world

Three Families sees Amy James-Kelly star as Hannah Kennedy
Three Families sees Amy James-Kelly star as Hannah Kennedy. (Image credit: BBC)

Three Families is a new BBC drama that highlights the effects of the 1967 Abortion Act not being extended to Northern Ireland when it was launched in the rest of the UK.

The BBC drama, set between 2013 and 2019 follows the true stories of three very different local women and their loved ones whose lives have been affected by the law. 

First there is Theresa Ryan played by Sinéad Keenan (Little Boy Blue) who is shocked to discover her teenage daughter is pregnant. Orla, played by Bloodlands star Lola Petticrew, is ashamed after falling pregnant to her abusive ex-boyfriend and wants a termination, but with options limited, mum Theresa ends up buying illegal abortion pills online. 

Newlyweds Hannah (Amy James-Kelly - Gentleman Jack) and Johnathan (Colin Morgan - Merlin, Humans) are thrilled to discover they are expecting their first child together, however their joy turns to heartache when the learn their baby will die during pregnancy or shortly after the birth. They make the tough decision to have a termination, only to discover that isn't actually an option. 

Then there is Rosie Fortress played by Genevieve O’Reilly (The Dry), a 40-year-old first time mum desperate for a termination after her unborn child dies in the womb as a result of a rare genetic disorder. Rosie is denied the medical procedure, much to the shock of her English husband, David.

The drama also stars Owen McDonnell (Killing Eve), Prasanna Puwanarajah (Defending the Guilty) and Kerri Quinn (Coronation Street).

Three Families Theresa and Orla

Three Families sees Theresa desperate to help her teenage daughter, Orla.  (Image credit: BBC)

How to watch Three Families online for free in the UK 

Three Families airs on BBC1 on Monday 10th and Tuesday 11th May at 9pm. 

Both episodes are available to stream on BBC iPlayer now. 

How to watch Three Families online from abroad 

There is a handy way to watch your favourite TV shows from wherever you are in the world, and it is called VPN.

This lets you get around the usual digital barriers by changing your IP address, meaning you can watch your favourite TV shows even if you’re away from home.

But which VPN will suit your needs best?

Our favourite is ExpressVPN, which lets you change your IP address on whichever device you want to watch your new favourite TV show on.

From laptops to a Smart TV, Amazon Fire Stick and games consoles to a mobile phone, you can change the address to make your device think it is in a different location.

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How to watch Three Families online in the US

There are currently no plans to show Three Families in the US, but we will update this page should this change. 

Claire Crick
Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch

Claire is Assistant Managing Editor at What To Watch and has been a journalist for over 15 years, writing about everything from soaps and TV to beauty, entertainment, and even the Royal Family. After starting her career at a soap magazine, she ended up staying for 13 years, and over that time she’s pulled pints in the Rovers Return, sung karaoke in the Emmerdale village hall, taken a stroll around Albert Square, and visited Summer Bay Surf Club in sunny Australia. 

After learning some tricks of the trade at websites Digital Spy, Entertainment Daily, and Woman & Home, Claire landed a role at What’s On TV and writing about all things TV and film, with a particular love for Aussie soaps, Strictly Come Dancing and Bake Off

She’s interviewed everyone from June Brown — AKA Dot Cotton — to Michelle Keegan, swapped cooking tips with baking legend Mary Berry backstage at the NTAs, and danced the night away with soap stars at countless awards bashes. There’s not a lot she doesn’t know about soaps and TV and can be very handy when a soapy question comes up in a pub quiz! 

As well as all things soap-related, Claire also loves running, spa breaks, days out with her kids, and getting lost in a good book.