BBC iPlayer unwraps more box sets than ever for Christmas 2019
Staff Reporter | On 04, Dec 2019
BBC iPlayer is unwrapping more box sets than ever for Christmas this year.
The Beeb has increasingly begun serving up box sets on its catch-up platform for the festive season, as it looks to meet demand from families and individuals in search of entertainment on cold, dark winter nights. It was a strategy first tried in 2017 and led to a record week for iPlayer, with more than 29.4 million requests over the holiday period – an average of 1.7 million times a day – and 69.2 million requests in the Christmas week alone.
In preparation for Miranda’s tenth anniversary special, all her classic series are back on BBC iPlayer this year. Every episode of Gavin and Stacey will be available to stream, perfect to get you in the mood for the return of Gavlar, Stacey, Smithy and Nessa on Christmas Day. All series of the beloved Call The Midwife return to iPlayer – just in time for the Christmas special. And, if you want to step back in time to catch every episode of Doctor Who since 2005 – before the show returns in the new year, you can too.
BBC iPlayer will ensure your spirits are lifted this Christmas with 2019’s best new comedies available to binge – including the multi-award-winning Fleabag and This Country, plus the hilarious Young Offenders, This Time With Alan Partridge, Inside No. 9, Better Things, What We Do In The Shadows, Back To Life – and Ghosts. They will be joined by classic comedy box-sets such as Nighty Night, Mrs Browns Boys, Absolutely Fabulous, Outnumbered, Extras, Goodness Gracious Me, Citizen Khan, Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps, Upstart Crow, Twenty Twelve – and W1A.
This year’s stellar hit dramas such as His Dark Materials, Killing Eve, Peaky Blinders, The Capture, Giri/Haji, The Mallorca Files, Gold Digger and Mayans MC – will have you gripped this Christmas. If you missed them the first-time round, you can catch Luther, Merlin, Robin Hood, The Musketeers, Mrs Wilson, The Victim, Our Girl, Bodies, Criminal Justice, Rillington Place, Ashes To Ashes and Life On Mars on BBC iPlayer too, giving the family plenty of choice.
Classroom drama Waterloo Road is available for those who fancy reminiscing on school times, and petrol heads can relive their favourite episodes of the most recent series of Top Gear. If you’re looking for compelling documentaries, iPlayer has them too, with a huge selection of Louis Theroux’s back catalogue, Yorkshire Ripper Files, Civilisations, The Planets, Spotlight On The Troubles, Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out, Abused By My Girlfriend and Storyville – including On The President’s Orders and Inside The Lehman Brothers.
Fans of natural history will be spoilt for choice too, with Life On Earth, Blue Planet, Blue Planet II, Planet Earth, Planet Earth II, Dynasties – as well as the superb Seven Worlds, One Planet available to watch.
Julia Donaldson favourites The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room On The Broom, The Highway Rat, Stick Man – and Zog will also be available to stream on BBC iPlayer – giving the little ones even more choice, while you’re cooking the turkey.
And, Christmas isn’t Christmas without any sparkle, so all episodes of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK will be streaming on BBC iPlayer – providing just a little more camp and diamanté over the festive period.
Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content says: “We’ve packed BBC iPlayer with more box sets than ever this Christmas. From previous series of Gavin & Stacey, Miranda, Call the Midwife and Doctor Who to get you ready for their return this festive period, to recent and classic dramas, comedy, docs, natural history and programmes for the little ones, iPlayer is full-to-the-brim with great content. This, in addition to the bumper range of festive favourites on our channels, means BBC iPlayer has everything you need for some perfect viewing this Christmas.”
Here’s the full rundown:
Call The Midwife
Doctor Who (2005 onwards)
His Dark Materials
The Mallorca Files
Ashes To Ashes
Life On Mars
Silent Witness (series 17-22)
Waking The Dead (series 7-9)
Gavin And Stacey
This Time With Alan Partridge
Inside No. 9
What We Do In The Shadows
Back To Life
Mrs Browns Boys
Goodness Gracious Me
Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps
Top Gear (series 24-27)
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK
Louis Theroux (huge selection of back catalogue)
Yorkshire Ripper Files
Spotlight On The Troubles
Jesy Nelson: Odd One Out
Abused By My Girlfriend
Storyville (including On The President’s Orders and Inside The Lehman Brothers)
Life On Earth
Blue Planet II
Planet Earth II
Seven Worlds, One Planet
The Gruffalo’s Child
Room On The Broom
The Highway Rat