Who needs Netflix and Prime? Turns out that BBC iPlayer has a terrific collection of films to watch – here’s our fully updated list.

Whilst all eyes tend to be on streaming services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime when it comes to movie updates, on the quiet the BBC iPlayer service continues to play host to a limited, diverse selection of films. What’s more, a good number of them you can download to your tablet to watch on the move.

So, without further ado, welcome to the weekly updated iPlayer film list. This list will be updated every Wednesday with the latest available data from the BBC, in order of how long you have left to watch (so you can prioritise your viewing pleasure)

 

– denotes all new movies this week!

 

Brand-new to the BBC’s iPlayer service this week, and you need to be quick as it’ll be leaving this Sunday, is the excellent Disney movie Queen of Katwe, based on the true story of Phiona Mutesi, a young girl from Uganda who dreams of becoming a Chess Grandmaster. 

 

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Maps to the Stars (2014) 

Troubled Hollywood actress Havana Segrand is considering a career-boosting return playing her own mother, also a legendary film star. Her analyst Stafford Weiss’s son Benji is a spoiled, multimillionaire child star, recently returned to public life following a spell in rehab. When Havana hires unknown Agatha as her new assistant on her friend Carrie Fisher’s personal recommendation, it reveals dangerous secrets that they would all prefer to keep buried.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b05vx3rz/maps-to-the-stars 

Meet Me in St Louis (1944) 

Vincente Minnelli’s colourful MGM musical about the everyday adventures and romantic entanglements of the Smith family in St Louis, starring Judy Garland. Among the memorable tunes are The Boy Next Door, The Trolley Song, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and, of course, the title song.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qxbt/meet-me-in-st-louis 

Z for Zachariah (2015)

Ann Burden has been living a secluded life on her family farm, coming to terms with the fact that she may be the only survivor of an apocalyptic event which has been God’s will. One day, John Loomis stumbles into the valley in his failing anti-radiation suit. As Loomis slowly regains his strength, he gradually becomes part of Ann’s humble rustic life, and a bond develops between them; a bond which is sorely tried by the arrival of Caleb – a third survivor.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b07jcbwz/z-for-zachariah 

Queen of Katwe (2016)

Kampala, Uganda. Young Phiona finds a surprising distraction from her life grafting in the Katwe slum when she is introduced to chess by youth worker Robert, and proves to be talented at it. Inspiring Disney drama based on a true story.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000b1zs/queen-of-katwe 

 

Available til 19th April 2021….

Land of Mine (2015) 

Denmark, 1945. The delicate and dangerous task of clearing coastal minefields falls to a group of teenage German prisoners of war assigned to the bitter Sergeant Rasmussen. Viewed as expendable, the lads face cruel conditions and an uncertain future.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000th6y/land-of-mine 

Love & Mercy (2014) 

At the height of success with his band The Beach Boys, musical genius Brian Wilson begins to suffer from mental illness, which is not helped by his experiments with LSD. A decade later, Wilson is in the grip of shady psychotherapist Eugene Landy, whose extreme treatment is causing further deterioration, until the day he decides he wants a new car.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hqt9/love-mercy 

The Commune (2016) 

Drama set in the 1970s. Erik, an architect, and Anna, a TV presenter, are an academic couple with a dream. Along with their daughter Freja, they set up a commune in Erik’s huge house in an upmarket area of Copenhagen. They live the collective dream, with house meetings and voting, dinners and parties, until a love affair puts the community to its greatest test.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000264s/the-commune 

Kiss Me Kate (1953) 

Musical comedy. Singer Fred Graham is to play the lead in a musical version of The Taming of the Shrew. However, in casting both his ex-wife and his girlfriend in the other leading roles, he makes the production a battlefield onstage and off.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00pn5b9/kiss-me-kate 

 

Available til 20th April 2021….

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2018) 

William Kamkwamba is a 13-year-old living with his family in rural Malawi. As growing industrialisation of the land and then famine threaten to destroy his family and his community, William is thrown out of the school he loves when his parents can no longer afford the fees. William sets his exceptional mind to come up with a solution, and sneaking back into the school library, he finds a way. First, though, he must convince his father to allow him to use the bones of his bicycle to build a windmill to irrigate the land.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000tj12/the-boy-who-harnessed-the-wind 

 

Available til 25th April 2021….

Detroit (2017) 

Kathryn Bigelow’s fact-based dramatisation of Detroit’s Agliers Motel incident, which saw a police raid degenerate into racially motivated brutality during the riots of 1967.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000npbn/detroit 

La La Land (2016) 

Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, fall in love while struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, this award-winning musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000309g/la-la-land 

 

Available til 26th April 2021….

Zeppelin (1971) 

  1. Zeppelins flying above the range of British fighter planes are dropping bombs on London. Desperate to develop a counter-weapon, the British decide to plant a spy at the German airship factory.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000tq9g/zeppelin 

The Cruel Sea (1953) 

Classic documentary-style account of the trials of a British warship during World War II. A captain is haunted by the loss of his past vessel and seeks revenge.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01fqfsn/the-cruel-sea  

Song of the Sea (Oran na Mara) (2014) 

Ben and Saoirse undertake an epic adventure. Trying to return home, they encounter many challenges and surprises. Ben and Saoirse set out to return to the island where they grew up, a journey that will pit them against mythical creatures and see them confront the truth about who they really are.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b094f5h4/oran-na-mara-song-of-the-sea  

Rush (2013) 

The story of the rivalry between legendary F1 racing champions Niki Lauda and James Hunt, two charismatic drivers with entirely different approaches and personalities.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000kr94/rush 

Fatal Attraction (1987) 

Happily married Dan Gallagher cannot resist the attraction of Alex Forrest when they meet at a publishing event. When his wife Beth takes their daughter for a weekend away, he embarks on an affair which he assumes will just be for casual sex, but Alex has her sights on a more permanent relationship.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000tqxn/fatal-attraction 

 

Available til 27th April 2021….

A Star is Born (1954) 

Musical drama in which a famous actor with a drink problem decides to help a budding young singer after hearing her perform. He signs her up with a film studio, where she lands the lead role in a big musical. The two become close and later marry, but while her career continues to blossom, his takes a downward turn.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078zpn/a-star-is-born 

 

The Men Who Stare at Goats (2010) 

Reporter Bob Wilton is in search of his next big story when he encounters Lyn Cassady, a shadowy figure who claims to be part of an experimental US military unit. According to Cassady, the New Earth Army is changing the way wars are fought. A legion of Warrior Monks with unparalleled psychic powers can read the enemy’s thoughts, pass through solid walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Now, the programme’s founder, Bill Django, has gone missing and Cassady’s mission is to find him.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00xhf50/the-men-who-stare-at-goats 

 

Available til 28th April 2021….

The Damned United (2009) 

The story of Brian Clough’s 44-day stint as manager of Leeds United FC in 1974. When Don Revie quit Leeds to become the England boss, the outspoken Clough took charge. Determined to impose his own style upon Revie’s tough-tackling team, Clough soon alienated his players and the board.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00t61gx/the-damned-united 

 

Available til 1st May 2021….

The Third Man (1949) 

Classic film noir about an American writer who visits post-war Vienna to see an old friend, but is told that his friend is dead. Incredulous at the suggestion his friend was a criminal, the writer attempts to clear the dead man’s name, but soon finds events taking a strange turn – his friend is very much alive, dealing drugs on the black market.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074qmr/the-third-man 

Brighton Rock (2010) 

Adaptation of Graham Greene’s coming-of-age thriller, relocated to the mod/rocker-divided Brighton of the 60s. After murdering rival gang member Fred Hale, Pinkie Brown decides to marry Rose – the only person who can prove he was behind the murder. However, he is up against Hale’s sister and Rose’s boss Ida Arnold, who turns detective to discover who is behind her brother’s murder.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01bzrfl/brighton-rock 

The Accountant (2016) 

A maths savant who works as an accountant for organised criminals takes on a seemingly legitimate client, but what he uncovers makes him a marked man.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000m82y/the-accountant 

 

Available til 2nd May 2021….

King of Kings (1961) 

This biblical epic concentrates on three main elements of the New Testament story – the life of Christ, the tensions between Herod’s court and the Roman administration culminating in the execution of John the Baptist and, finally the story of Barabbas.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00783nk/king-of-kings 

Colette (2019) 

In late 1880s rural Burgundy, Sidonie-Gabrielle is courted by literary entrepreneur Henri Gauthier-Villars, who brings her back to Paris as his wife. Becoming painfully aware that the newly-weds’ expenditure exceeds their income, Colette is persuaded to write up her semi-autobiographical tales which, published under his name, become a sensation.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000tqjg/colette 

Spooks: The Greater Good (2015) 

When a terrorist escapes custody during a routine handover, Will Holloway must team up with disgraced MI5 intelligence chief Harry Pearce to track him down before an imminent terrorist attack on London.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b06dngb6/spooks-the-greater-good 

Death on the Nile (1978) 

Agatha Christie’s classic whodunnit. The great Belgian detective Hercule Poirot cannot believe how many enemies beautiful American heiress Linnett Ridgeway has made. When she is murdered on her honeymoon cruise, Poirot has only one problem – everybody on board could have done it, and everybody had a reason for doing it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b016r4hj/death-on-the-nile 

 

Available til 3rd May 2021….

Evil under the Sun (1981) 

Investigating the theft of a diamond, Hercule Poirot finds himself in an exclusive Mediterranean island resort, surrounded by rich socialites. When a guest is found murdered on the beach, it falls to the eccentric Poirot to apply his methods and find the killer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b013rlr3/evil-under-the-sun 

Gregory’s Girl (1981) 

Awkward teenager Gregory loses his place as striker in the school’s shambolic football team but soon finds comfort with the arrival of a new star signing Dorothy. He sets out to win her heart but when he finally gets his dream date there’s a surprise in store for Gregory.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000v0zv/gregorys-girl  

Bobby (2016) 

A film uncovering the truth behind Bobby Moore, the man who led the England football team to victory at the 1966 World Cup. A deeply personal portrait of a football icon who died tragically young, with rare archive footage and contributions from his family, friends and fans.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0brjn47/bobby 

Easter Parade (1948) 

Star performer Don Hewes hires Hannah Brown as his new dance partner to prove to his former partner that he can make a star of anyone. Classic musical, with Irving Berlin’s score including the songs Easter Parade and We’re a Couple of Swells.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078bmx/easter-parade  

 

Available til 4th May 2021….

Red Joan (2019) 

Following the story of Joan Stanley, a Cambridge science graduate who stole British nuclear secrets and passed them to the Soviet Union after WWII. Joan’s espionage activities remained unknown for decades, until her cover was blown and MI5 finally caught up with her in her 80s.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000tzcl/red-joan 

Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out (2019)

Bafta-winning, Oscar-nominated claymation by Nick Park, which introduced the world to inventor Wallace and his canine companion Gromit. The pair blast off in a homemade rocket to go on a bank holiday outing to the moon and test the theory that it is made of cheese. What they find there surprises them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01pzqj3/wallace-and-gromit-a-grand-day-out 

 

Available til 5th May 2021….

Highlander (1986)

In modern day New York, an immortal Scottish clansman fights to become the ultimate ruler of humanity. There can be only one.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qr0t/highlander  

 

Available til 8th May 2021….

The Elephant Man (1980)

In 1884, an ambitious young surgeon is intrigued by a sideshow freak billed as the Elephant Man. He finds, behind the disfigured exhibit, an intelligent person whose rehabilitation he undertakes.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hrgj/the-elephant-man 

 

Available til 10th May 2021….

Emma (1996)

Wealthy and charming Emma Woodhouse is convinced she knows what is best for everyone’s love lives. Having never been in love herself, she is naïve about matters of the heart and is gently guided by the patient Mr Knightley, a family friend whom she regards as a brother. But when Emma falls for a newcomer to the village, the eligible bachelor Mr Churchill, she fails to recognise that her own true love may have been right before her eyes all along.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007969t/emma  

 

Available til 11th May 2021….

Escape to Athena (1979)

A group of Allied prisoners of war plan to escape while excavating an archaeological site on a German-occupied Greek island. But the motley crew cannot resist the idea of taking some Greek art treasures with them.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00792bx/escape-to-athena 

 

Available til mid 2021….

Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) (Available until April 2021)

Singer/songwriter Kate Nash burst onto the pop scene with overnight success in 2007 with her song Foundations, (the one about eating lemons and being bitter). This documentary details her rise to fame and subsequent nervous breakdown and bankruptcy as she struggles to re-establish herself in Los Angeles.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07ctstz/kate-nash-underestimate-the-girl

A High School Rape Goes Viral: Roll Red Roll (2018) (Available until April 2021)

True-crime documentary investigating the societal and media-fuelled norm of ‘boys will be boys’ culture that underpins sexual assault at high schools across America.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07ctvvn/a-high-school-rape-goes-viral-roll-red-roll

Minding the Gap: An American Skateboarding Story (2018) (Available until April 2021)

Oscar-nominated documentary shot in Rockford, Illinois following the story of three young men, all living in volatile family situations due to decades of recession. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07cttsd/minding-the-gap-an-american-skateboarding-story

The Queen of Versailles (2013) (Available until April 2021)

A beauty queen and her billionaire husband build their dream home, a replica of the Palace of Versailles in Florida and the largest residential property in America, as the economic crisis hits. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01qbz9m/queen-of-versailles

Paranormal Activity (2007) (Available until April 2021) 

The low budget horror that spawned six (seven next year!) sequels and found-footage imitations, a young couple believe they are being haunted and set up a camera to film at night. Full of suspense, jump scares – expect full-on heebie-jeebies from this. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p07r55c0/paranormal-activity

Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things (2019) (Available until May 2021)

A celebration of the First Lady of Jazz, Ella Fitzgerald, from a talent contest in 1934, across five decades of remarkable talent and how her music because the soundtrack of the century.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000jr4f/ella-fitzgerald-just-one-of-those-things

Foxtrot (2017) (Available until May 2021)

A family must come to terms with the sudden death of their son during his military service. Shortlisted in the category of Best Foreign Language Film for the 2018 Oscars.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000tpyv/foxtrot

The Blair Witch Project (1999) (Available until June 2021) 

On the trail of a local legend about a witch, three student filmmakers ignore warnings from the locals and go into the Maryland woods for the weekend. Deep in the forest and miles from help, they learn the terrifying truth.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08ffstz/the-blair-witch-project 

Love Affair (1939) (Available until June 2021)

A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00781h9/love-affair

Kitty Foyle (1940) (Available until June 2021)

A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00779d3/kitty-foyle

Citizen Kane (1941) (Available until June 2021)

Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; ‘Rosebud’.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074n82/citizen-kane

Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Available until June 2021)

While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled palaeontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078ddk/bringing-up-baby

Vivacious Lady (1938) (Available until June 2021)

A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0077dzz/vivacious-lady

The Velvet Touch (1948) (Available until June 2021)

A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b03fgcqs/the-velvet-touch

The Sky’s the Limit (1943) (Available until June 2021)

Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron’s personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, pursuing her in the guise of a carefree drifter.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078nqj/the-skys-the-limit

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (Available until June 2021)

Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperilled.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007894r/she-wore-a-yellow-ribbon

King Kong (1933) (Available until June 2021)

A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074mrz/king-kong

The Spanish Main (1945) (Available until June 2021)

After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00792m6/the-spanish-main

Angel Face (1952) (Available until June 2021)

Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00785fw/angel-face

My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until June 2021)

Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband’s second marriage.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00785v4/my-favourite-wife

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (Available until June 2021)

A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It’s a lot more trouble than they think.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007870c/mr-blandings-builds-his-dream-house

Blackbeard the Pirate (1952) (Available until June 2021)

Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship’s surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00cw2fr/blackbeard-the-pirate

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until June 2021)

The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078b9s/the-magnificent-ambersons

Wagon Master (1950) (Available until June 2021)

Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cut-throats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00c6s7w/wagon-master

Beautiful but Dangerous (1954) (Available until June 2021)

Lina, a music hall singer, has fallen in love with Sergei, a Russian prince. Maestro Doria, who gives her voice lessons and who hopes to make her his mistress, takes her to Paris where she becomes the star of the “Folies-Plastiques”.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00780nq/beautiful-but-dangerous

Top Hat (1935) (Available until June 2021)

An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074r4k/top-hat

Carefree (1938) (Available until June 2021)

A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend’s girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078lxg/carefree

The Gay Divorce (1934) (Available until June 2021)

An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets – and falls for – a dashing performer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074r43/the-gay-divorce

Suspicion (1941) (Available until June 2021)

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00gmlrx/suspicion

Fort Apache (1948) (Available until June 2021)

At Fort Apache, an honorable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0077zzm/fort-apache

The Miracle of the Bells (1948) (Available until June 2021)

Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her home town for burial. To arouse public interest, and to get the reluctant studio head to release the film, he asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0077nz2/miracle-of-the-bells

The Australian Dream (2020) (Available until July 2021)

The inspirational story of Indigenous Australian Football League (AFL) legend Adam Goodes. A deep and powerful story about race, identity and belonging, the film centres on an incident where a 13-year-old opposition supporter called Goodes an ape during a football match. The film unpicks the unfolding events from 2013 to 2015, raising fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000lpv7/the-australian-dream

Morvern Callar (2004) (Available until July 2021)

Drama based on the novel by Alan Warner. Following the suicide of her boyfriend, supermarket worker Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own and heads to Spain.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0092r61/morvern-callar

One Deadly Weekend in America (2017) (Available until July 2021)

Documentary showing the stories of several young people who were shot by friends, enemies, or law enforcement, and the aftermath that ensued.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p05733vk/one-deadly-weekend-in-america

The Odyssey (2020) (Available until July 2021)

Biographical drama following the life of biologist and adventurer Jacques Cousteau and his sometimes stormy relationship with his son Philippe, who followed in his father’s footsteps as an explorer and conservationist.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000gx08/the-odyssey 

Any One Of Us (2020)  (Available until August 2021)

When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia experiences a devastating spinal cord injury, his life is changed in an instant. Discovering that he’s become paralysed, Paul begins an intense physical and emotional journey to recover and adapt, initially living in the hope of one day being able to walk again as he once did. His excruciating recovery unfolds in real time through raw, intimate footage- much of which was filmed by Paul himself- as we see him wrestle with the agonies of an unpredictable journey and uncertain future.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08q6jh8/any-one-of-us 

 

Available til late 2021….

Adam Curtis – HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until September 2021)

BBC Documentary, arguing that governments, financiers and technological utopians have given up on the real world due to its complexity, and have instead built a fake world they can control. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04b183c/adam-curtis-hypernormalisation

Papadopoulos and Sons (2012)  (Available until September 2021)

After a financial market collapse, self-made millionaire Harry loses everything he has apart from an abandoned fish and chip shop half-owned by his estranged brother. With no alternative, Harry and his family are forced to abandon their old lifestyle and try to bring the old family business back to life.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b04zlzfk/papadopoulos-and-sons 

One Man and His Shoes (2020)  (Available until October 2021) 

The story of the phenomenon of Air Jordan sneakers, showing their social, cultural and racial significance and how groundbreaking marketing strategies created a multi-billion-dollar business.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08x45tn/one-man-and-his-shoes 

The Babadook (2014)  (Available until October 2021) 

Widow Amelia’s worries over her high-strung young son’s behaviour worsen when a mysterious pop-up book inspires fresh fears.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08t685m/the-babadook 

The Children Act (2017)  (Available until October 2021) 

As her marriage to Jack founders because of her dedication to her job, High Court judge Fiona Maye is given the case of a 17-year-old Jehovah’s Witness who refuses to undergo a blood transfusion for leukaemia that could save his life. Her decision is to have a profound impact on both of their lives

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000p3l4/the-children-act 

Make Up (2019)  (Available until October 2021) 

After Ruth moves in with her boyfriend in a remote holiday park, tensions rise as she makes an unsettling discovery that lures her into a spiral of obsession.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000p342/make-up 

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (Available until November 2021)

Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft (until Alicia Vikander anyway), as the eponymous heroine of the classic video games races against time to find an ancient relic before the planets align for the first time in 5,000 years. Can she save the day? The sequel’s below so chances are, she might…. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074fln/lara-croft-tomb-raider

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) (Available until November 2021)

Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft, again. Lara discovers that the mythical Pandora’s Box is no myth, and must once again race against time to prevent an evil billionaire bio-weapons dealer from finding it and unleashing its plague onto the world. Can she save the day once more? 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007ck00/lara-croft-tomb-raider-the-cradle-of-life

Balloon (2018) (Available until November 2021) 

1979, Thuringen, East Germany. Like many of the country’s citizens, the Strelzyk family are desperate to escape to the west.  Under the watchful eye of the Stasi and the fearsome lieutenant colonel Seidel, they pursue a plan so crazy that most of their neighbours would not believe it if they saw it. With the help of their friends the Wetzels, they try to cross the border in a homemade hot air balloon.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000pyt7/balloon 

The Relic (1997) (Available until December 2021) 

A container of findings from a Natural History Museum expedition in South America is sent to Chicago, and coincidentally a series of violent murders occurs soon after. Turns out it’s a lizard-like monster who’s eating people. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074924/the-relic

Primary Colors (1998) (Available until December 2021)

No red, blue or yellow in sight, this is actually John Travolta at a career best as Jack Stanton, a governor ruing an election campaign for President. Based on an anonymous insider novel on the 1992 Clinton campaign. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00749zc/primary-colors

Man on the Moon (1999) (Available until December 2021)

Biopic on the life of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman, star of Taxi and self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. A rare non-comedic performance from Jim Carrey.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007cjz1/man-on-the-moon

A Simple Plan (1998) (Available until December 2021)

Directed by Sam Raimi (of The Evil Dead and the first Spider-Man trilogies), three blue collar workers in Miesota randomly come across $4 million and hatch a plan to keep their haul from authorities

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078cwc/a-simple-plan

Wonder Boys (2000) (Available until December 2021)

Michael Douglas is Grady Tripp, an English Professor who tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078nh3/wonder-boys

Yellow Canary (1943) (Available until December 2021) 

Wartime thriller set aboard a ship bound for Canada from Britain, in which an undercover agent is approached by a Nazi spy with a scheme to sabotage a British convoy in Nova Scotia.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074sv6/yellow-canary 

Sylvia Scarlett (1935) (Available until December 2021) 

Comedy drama in which a widowed, ne’er-do-well father on the run disguises his daughter as a boy to escape the law. They travel from France to England in a bid to start afresh and, during the journey, the pair make the acquaintance of a jewel thief.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b017k9v9/sylvia-scarlett 

Second Chance (1953) (Available until December 2021) 

A disillusioned boxer and a gangster’s fugitive girlfriend meet in Mexico where they are trying to rebuild their lives. However, their growing romance is shadowed by a killer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08x87lb/second-chance 

Anne of Green Gables (1934) (Available until December 2021) 

Adaptation of LM Montgomery’s Canadian classic following the adventures of determined, imaginative optimist Anne Shirley. Middle-aged brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want some help on the farm, so they decide to adopt a boy. However, the orphanage sends them a girl by mistake.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078bpy/anne-of-green-gables 

Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) (Available until December 2021) 

Sentimental drama about an ambitious young teacher who arrives in a small town to take the job of vice-principal. Based on one of L M Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ sequels.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078f49/anne-of-windy-poplars 

Primrose Path (1940) (Available until December 2021) 

Teenager Ellie May lives on the wrong side of the tracks with her family, and when she meets handsome beach café owner Ed, they quickly fall in love and get married. Ellie May tries to keep Ed from learning of her background and when he finally meets her family it causes a major strain on the relationship.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078r6w/primrose-path 

Bachelor Knight (1947) (Available until December 2021) 

Comedy about a teacher (Cary Grant) whose playboy antics are curbed by a judge who insists that he romance a girl (Shirley Temple), until her crush on him wears off.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00780qm/bachelor-knight 

Holiday Affair (1949) (Available until December 2021) 

Connie is a war widow devoted to her small son, Timmy. Carl is the solid man she intends to marry in order to achieve security. But Steve, a drifter in Christmastime New York, comes into their lives and proceeds to woo Connie through her little boy’s desire for a train set.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078tph/holiday-affair 

I Remember Mama (1948) (Available until December 2021) 

Saga about a family of Norwegian immigrants struggling to get by in San Francisco at the turn of the century. At the heart of the penniless family is the warm, caring figure of the mother, Mama Hanson, who is surrounded by a variety of engaging and loveable relatives and friends.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00786y6/i-remember-mama 

Hotel Reserve (1944) (Available until December 2021) 

An atmospheric thriller based in the south of France prior to the outbreak of World War II. While on holiday at the Hotel Reserve, an Austrian medical student is wrongly charged with espionage by the French police. Threatened with deportation, he is forced to embark on a search for the real spy among the hotel guests.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078mdf/hotel-reserve 

The Thing from Another World (1951) (Available until December 2021) 

Scientists at a lonely Arctic outpost dig up an alien from the permafrost and face a desperate fight for their lives when it is accidentally thawed. Famously re-made in 1982 by John Carpenter as ‘The Thing’. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078gj8/the-thing-from-another-world 

A Damsel in Distress (1937) (Available until December 2021) 

Sparkling Gershwin musical-comedy. A dance star pursues an aristocratic heiress. Songs include Foggy Day in London Town, Nice Work If You Can Get It.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078tnk/a-damsel-in-distress 

Twelve Monkeys (1995) (Available until December 2021)

A deadly virus, believed to be released by a group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, wipes out almost all of humanity in 1996. In 2035, James Cole is sent back in time to find the original virus to find a cure. Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt lead this neo-noir science fiction cult favourite.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01fhfjy/twelve-monkeys

Sus (2010) (Available until December 2021) 

It is election night, 1979. After his wife has been found dead, Delroy is brought in for what he believes will be casual police questioning. However, the racist DS Karn and his violent colleague DC Whilby carry out a rough and highly confrontational interrogation in which they try to force Delroy to confess to the crime.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01b1zrk/sus 

Amundsen (2019) (Available until December 2021) 

Inspired by a gift from his father when he was a child, Roald Amundsen became fascinated by the polar wildernesses. It was an obsession that drove to him explore both poles. He led the first expedition to the South Pole in 1911 as well as the first proven to have reached the North Pole, in a dirigible, in 1926. His achievements, however, came at a cost to both his family and his colleagues.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000pqsk/amundsen 

The Jackal (1997) (Available until December 2021)

Fictitious story based upon Carlos the Jackal, Bruce Willis stars as The Jackal, a master of disguise assassin hired  to carry out a hit on a high profile American government target as retaliation for the US meddling in Russian business.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b007q86z/the-jackal

The Price of Gold (2014) (Available until December 2021) 

Just weeks before the Olympics in 1994 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Nancy Kerrigan was injured by an unknown assailant. Tonya Harding’s ex-husband had plotted the attack with his misfit friends to eliminate Kerrigan from the competition. Twenty years later, The Price of Gold takes a fresh look at the scandal that elevated the popularity of professional figure skating with Harding still facing questions over what she knew when she knew it.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p08yrl5s/the-price-of-gold 

Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) (Available until December 2021) 

From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an ‘American princess’ and the most awarded female artist ever.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b094f49s/whitney-can-i-be-me 

Hector (2015) (Available until December 2021) 

Every year, homeless Hector McAdam makes his journey from Glasgow to London in search of friendship and warmth at Christmas. Having lived on the sidelines for years, surviving the realities of homelessness by frequenting service stations the length and breadth of the UK, Hector makes his way to his temporary home of a shelter in London, where he can forget his dire situation for a day. However, this year, he decides to not only venture to visit his Christmas family but to seek out also the family he left behind 15 years ago.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qt06/hector 

The Angels’ Share (2012) (Available until December 2021) 

When Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his newborn son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led. On community service Robbie meets Rhino, Albert and Mo for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives – not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. What will it be for Robbie? More violence and vendettas or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’, the ‘Water of Life’? Only the angels know…

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000nr9b/the-angels-share 

A Lonely Place to Die (2011) (Available until December 2021) 

A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000rs2n/a-lonely-place-to-die 

The Eichmann Show (2015) (Available until January 2022)

The behind-the-scenes true life story of ground-breaking producer Milton Fruchtman and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz, who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann. He is accused of executing the ‘final solution’ and organising the murder of six million Jews. This is the extraordinary story of how Eichmann’s trial came to be televised and the team that made it happen.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b050d2t9/the-eichmann-show

I Am Greta (2020) (Available until February 2022) 

The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary about a young girl who has become the voice of a generation. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate justice outside the Swedish Parliament, the film follows Greta – a shy student with Asperger’s – as she rises to prominence, and her galvanising global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p090xz9z/i-am-greta 

Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) (Available until February 2022) 

Discovering that her husband of 40 years has been cheating on her, Britt-Marie, at the age of 63, is faced with finding a new purpose in life. Accepting a supremely unglamorous job at a ramshackle youth centre in the backwater town of Borg, she reluctantly takes on the impossible task of coaching the children’s football team to victory.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000sc9q/brittmarie-was-here 

Jellyfish (2018) (Available until February 2022) 

Sarah Taylor’s hard life in Margate has turned her into a teenage terror. When her drama teacher helps her channel her ferocious wit into comedy, her life’s delicate balance is set on a collision course with her new passion. An unfiltered look at a young woman who, against all odds finds her voice in stand-up comedy.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p095qfqf/jellyfish 

Stan & Ollie (2018) (Available until February 2022) 

Once the world’s most famous comedy double act, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy reunite for a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. As they set out on their demanding schedule, with their wives back home in the US, Stan is distracted by his attempts to pin down the producer of their proposed comeback film and Ollie tries to heal a rift caused by a perceived professional betrayal.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000sdz8/stan-ollie 

The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) (Available until February 2022) 

Jang, a non-conformist and cocky cop, realises there is a serial killer at large, randomly selecting his victims in the city. When one of those victims is Jung, a noted crime boss who manages to escape with his life, an unlikely coalition is formed to bring the perpetrator to justice, by fair means or foul.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000t12g/the-gangster-the-cop-the-devil 

Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Available until February 2022) 

The classic low budget horror masterpiece from George A Romero, which spawned numerous imitations and parodies. A group of young people barricade themselves in an old farmhouse as the dead rise as zombies, hungry for their flesh.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078pw1/night-of-the-living-dead

Cat People (1942) (Available until February 2022) 

Serbian Irena arrives in New York and meets Oliver. They soon fall in love and marry, but Irena fears she suffers from an ancient curse from her homeland that means they can never be intimate, or she might literally kill him. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078ns6/cat-people

The Curse of the Cat People (1944) (Available until February 2022) 

Sequel to Cat People (so probably best to watch the above movie first!). Young Amy Reed makes an imaginary friend; her fathers dead first wife Irena.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078ygf/the-curse-of-the-cat-people

I Walked With a Zombie (1943) (Available until February 2022) 

Young Canadian nurse Betsy comes to the West Indies to care for the wife of a plantation manager in an offbeat zombie horror movie. From the director of aforementioned Cat People.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078t0v/i-walked-with-a-zombie

Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) (Available until February 2022)

A New Year’s Eve party is the setting for a fractious family comedy-drama, as Colin Burstead plans a lavish event for his extended family, which doesn’t exactly go to plan…. 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0bwdss2/happy-new-year-colin-burstead

Simon Amstell: Carnage (2017) (Available until February 2022)

Mockumentary, set in 2067 when everyone is vegan and the population looks back to today and our meat-eating culture and future society’s guilt on eating animals.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p04sh6zg/simon-amstell-carnage

Women in Film: BBC Introducing Arts (2021) (Available until February 2022)

Cultural historian Janina Ramirez presents a collection of intriguing and exciting short films by emerging women directors and artists. Each film gives a female perspective on modern-day topics from body image and new love to grief and belonging. Expect honest and refreshing storytelling that will make you laugh, make you cry and make you think.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000t0xs/women-in-film-bbc-introducing-arts 

The Plank (1967) (Available until February 2022)

Classic comedy directed by and starring Eric Sykes. Two workmen struggle with a plank of work as they attempt to move it from a timber yard to their building site.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000t85t/the-plank

My Feral Heart (2016) (Available until February 2022)

Luke, a young man with Down’s syndrome who prizes his independence, is forced into a care home after the death of his mother. There he rails against the restrictions imposed on him, but his frustrations are allayed by his budding friendships with his care worker Eve and a mysterious feral girl.

The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964) (Available until April 2022)

Star-studded recreation of the death throes of the greatest empire in world history. After Marcus Aurelius is poisoned, the role of emperor goes not to his adopted son as he had wished, but to his cruel son Commodus – who soon displays a tyrannical streak.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0078gjh/the-fall-of-the-roman-empire 

 

We’ve done our best to list all the available films on BBC iPlayer and the date they’re removed from the service as detailed by the BBC, but it goes without saying that the BBC probably reserve the right to add or remove films from their service at any time, for any reason. The BBC also list an expiration time for each film, which could be 6pm or 1am on the expiration date. We’re not including those for purely logistical reasons. We’ll try our best to keep this list as up to date as possible, though.

 

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