BBC iPlayer bags Battlestar Galactica
James R | On 27, Aug 2020
The BBC has acquired the rights to Battlestar Galactica and is bringing it to BBC iPlayer as a box set.
Originally broadcast between 2004 and 2009, Battlestar Galactica is set in a distant star system where humanity is brought to the brink of extinction from a nuclear attack by a race of artificial lifeforms called Cylons. The surviving humans are hunted across space as they try to escape the relentless pursuit of the Cylons while searching for a new place they can call home: the legendary lost colony Earth, if it indeed exists at all.
The series, produced by UCP, drew acclaim for its strong characters and excellent cast – which includes Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis and Tricia Helfer – but also for its compelling storylines and the depth and quality of its writing. Themes such as war, religion, ethics, and justice are explored with a rare degree of gravity and sophistication.
Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC iPlayer, says: “Battlestar Galactica is regarded as one of the best sci-fi series ever made and it holds appeal for anyone who loves to immerse themselves in top quality drama. It joins Fort Salem, Heroes, Devs, His Dark Materials, Doctor Who and Torchwood to form an incredible range of science fiction and fantasy series available on demand on BBC iPlayer.”
Battlestar Galactica is the latest arrival to iPlayer, sitting alongside newly added box sets like Good Trouble, Heroes, Fort Salem, The Young Offenders and Mrs. America.
All episodes will be available to stream from 5th September, when the series will begin airing on BBC Two at 9.45pm.
Battlestar Galactica: Season 1 to 4 is available on BBC iPlayer until September 2021