Fishing guide

Best BBC shows: our guide to the most popular iPlayer shows


Here’s our guide to the best BBC shows on iPlayer.

BBC iPlayer has everything you could want when you settle in to watch TV, from comedy and documentaries to entertaining shows and gripping dramas.

Here’s our guide to the best BBC shows available on BBC iPlayer right now …



Ghosts Season 3

Ghosts has become a big favorite with BBC viewers. (Image credit: BBC)

This hugely popular BBC1 comedy from the creators of the children’s hit Horrible stories, see Call the midwifeby Charlotte Ritchie and Death in paradise Kiell Smith-Bynoe star plays cash-strapped young couple Alison and Mike who inherit a rickety country mansion only to find it teeming with ghosts

Ignoring their attorney’s advice to sell the property, Alison and Mike decide to move in and renovate it, with the idea of ​​turning the house into a luxury hotel. At first, the Ghosts aren’t very happy with their plans and conspire to get rid of the newcomers, resulting in hilarious drama.

Number of seasons: 3

Episodes: 19

Average episode length: 29 minutes

‘The cleaner’

TV Tonight Greg Davies as Wicky the Cleaner

Greg Davies as Wicky the Cleaner. (Image credit: BBC)

The cleaner is a six-part series that sees Greg Davies plays Paul ‘Wicky’ Wickstead, a state-certified cleaning technician tasked with removing all signs of death at crime scenes!

Armed with his chemicals and scrub brushes, Wicky has a job few would envy. But he loves it and he loves good gossip! During his tenure, he ends up talking to everyone, from the victim’s relatives to neighbors and, uh, even the murderers themselves. There is also a star-studded cast, including The crown star Helena Bonham Carter and Peep Show‘s David Mitchell, as well as Stephanie Cole (Always open every hour), Donald Sumpter (Game Of Thrones), Shobu Kapoor (Four weddings and a funeral), Ruth Madeley (Years and years) and Layton Williams (Bad Education).

Number of seasons: 2

Episodes: 6

Average duration of episodes: 30 minutes


“Come and dance strictly”

TV Tonight Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daley.

‘Strictly Come Dancing’ is a crown jewel in the BBC’s Saturday night entertainment. (Image credit: BBC)

Come dance strictly is the highlight of the BBC’s programming calendar each year, bringing us glitter, glamor and sparkle each fall. The show sees famous faces paired with a world-class professional dancer and put to the test every week as they perform a new dance in the famous Strictly Ballroom. BBC iPlayer has the last two seasons available to binge on, as well as all of the Sunday night results shows.

Number of seasons: 19 (seasons 18 and 19 are available on iPlayer)

Episodes: 349 (24 available on iPlayer)

Average episode length: 132 minutes

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race UK’

RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 3

“RuPaul’s Drag Race UK” is now in Season 3. (Image credit: BBC)

RuPaul is on the hunt for the next British Drag Race Superstar and with a whole new cast of queens ready to fight for the chance to be crowned the winner, RuPaul is going to need the help of a very special panel. RuPaul is joined by Michelle Visage on every episode, with legendary British TV presenters Graham Norton and Alan Carr also joining the team of judges. Each week a special guest will also join the show, bringing with them their own pearls of wisdom, including singer Cheryl Cole, Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwell, Maya Jama, Dawn French, EastEnders starring Natalie Cassidy, Elizabeth Hurley and Lorraine Kelly.

Number of seasons: 3

Episodes: 25

Average duration of episodes: 70 minutes

“The wheel of Michael McIntyre”

Michael McIntyre presents La Roue

Michael McIntyre presents “The Wheel”. (Image credit: BBC)

Michael McIntyre’s hugely popular game show sees contestants trying to win a fortune with the help of famous faces and a giant spinning wheel. Expect lots of laughs and lots of fun! The Saturday night wellness entertainment show was a huge success, with over six million viewers tuning in to the game show – certainly one for the whole family.

Number of seasons: 2

Episodes: 12

Average episode length: 59 minutes



Suranne Jones in Vigil.

Suranne Jones stars in the BBC thriller “Vigil”. (Image credit: BBC)

Mr. Jacques actress Suranne Jones stars in Vigil as DCI Amy Silva in this new crime thriller from the creators of Course of action and Bodyguard. Silva is called when there appears to be a connection between the mysterious disappearance of a fishing boat and a death on a nuclear submarine.

The two incidents led to a clash between the Navy and British security services. Silva begins an investigation at sea, while back on land, Amy’s former colleague and DS flame Kirsten Longacre (The good fight‘s Rose Leslie) is looking for more clues. And what she uncovers is a plot that threatens British nuclear deterrence. Is his life in danger?

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 6

Average episode length: 59 minutes

‘Silent witness’

TV tonight Adam, Nikki and Jack face a tough case

“Silent Witness” has been a fan favorite for decades. (Image credit: BBC)

Silent witness is a long-running crime drama that’s been on our screens since 1996. Emilia Fox stars as Dr. Nikki Alexander alongside David Caves as Jack Hodgson. Over the years, the team of forensic experts have investigated some of the most gruesome crimes, with Amanda Burton leading the gang as Dr. Sam Ryan, before leaving the show in Season 8. Since then Since then, there have been some very famous faces on the cast comprising of William Gaminara, Tom Ward and later Liz Carr and Richard Lintern.

Number of seasons: 24

Episodes: 219

Average episode length: 59 minutes

‘Gossip Girl’

Gossip Girl cast as Reboot Comes to BBC1

The remake of “Gossip Girl” has arrived on BBC iPlayer. (Image credit: BBC)

Exploded on our screens in 2007, American drama for teenagers Gossip Girl seemed ahead of his time as he followed a group of New York City private school students as every detail of their complicated lives unfolded on social media, at the hands of the controversial titular blogger.

Now, the show’s highly anticipated reboot has arrived, and we’ll be returning to the Upper East Side as the next generation of teens at private school Constance Billard are introduced to social surveillance nine years after the site closed. Original blogger’s web.

With this seventh series in the continuity of the original, Gossip RifI 2.0 (if you will!) Explores how social media – and the New York City landscape itself – has changed in the intervening years.

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 6

Average duration of episodes: 56

You can also watch all 6 seasons of the original Gossip Girl on BBC iPlayer now.

‘Ridley Road’

Ridley Road

‘Ridley Road’ follows the story of Vivien Epstein in the 1960s. (Image credit: BBC / Red Productions / Ben Blackall)

Ridley Road takes place in the 1960s and follows Vivien Epstein (Agnes O’Casey), a Jewish hairdresser from Manchester, who flees her bossy parents and travels to London in search of her true love, Jack Morris (Tom Varey). She visits Ridley Road, Jack’s last address, but is warned by her uncle, the surly Soly Malinovsky (Eddie Marsan) and Soly’s wife, Nancy (Tracy-Ann Oberman).

But Vivien remains in London and is shocked to discover that Jack disappeared while working undercover to infiltrate the National Socialist neo-Nazi movement, led by Colin Jordan (Rory Kinnear). With the support of the anti-fascist group 62 led by Soly and Nancy, Vivien decides to go undercover to find Jack. But what will she find out?

Number of seasons: 1

Episodes: 4

Average episode length: 59 minutes



Linda and Emma leave for another shift.

Linda and Emma head to another shift in ‘Ambulance’. (Image credit: BBC)

Ambulance Brings you all the drama of the NHS frontline, whether it’s in the control rooms or the paramedics on the streets. These are the people who count every second when we need them most – all while facing a barrage of problems and not to mention a pandemic.

Number of seasons: 7

Episodes: 53

Average duration of episodes: 60 minutes