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)
Many of the BBC iPlayer’s festive additions are still available on the service, but new this week include Tom Cruise in Steve Spielberg’s remake of War of the Worlds, Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling in The Big Short, and Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Tom Hardy headlining Tomas Alfredson’s adaptation of John le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available til 15th January 2021….
The Bishop’s Wife (1947)
As Christmas approaches, newly appointed young bishop Henry Brougham prays for guidance when he needs funds for his dream of a new cathedral. What he gets is the down-to-earth Dudley, who announces himself as the bishop’s new assistant and immediately sets to work, but a new cathedral is not what Dudley has in mind.
The Duchess (2008)
Period drama based on the tumultuous life of the 18th-century duchess of Devonshire, a bright, popular aristocrat who is trapped in a failed marriage and has to face personal conflicts – including living with her husband’s mistress and falling passionately in love with a young politician.
The King’s Speech (2010)
Following the scandalous abdication of his brother King Edward VIII, Bertie, who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of the United Kingdom. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife Elizabeth seeks out the help of eccentric speech therapist Lionel Logue.
Available til 16th January 2021….
Science fiction remake of the 1953 adaptation of HG Wells’s classic novel about a dock worker’s fight to get his children to safety when merciless aliens attack Earth. As the family race through the streets of New York, they find themselves being chased by giant tripods while alien vessels open fire on the retreating crowd, incinerating everything that gets in the way.
While heading to a country club owned by Daphne’s uncle, the Mystery Inc group stumbles onto strange happenings around the local lake.
The Importance of Being Earnest (2002)
Screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s celebrated play in which two Victorian gentlemen both adopt a double identity under the name of Ernest and end up in trouble when they both turn up at the same country house one weekend.
An Education (2009)
The story of a young girl’s choice between Oxford and the university of life. Sixteen and gifted, Jenny is destined for Oxford. Her parents’ own dreams of fulfilment are built on Jenny’s success. However, her eyes are opened to a world of glamorous possibility beyond the boundaries of suburbia when she meets the considerably older, distinctly urbane, David.
Tamara Drewe (2010)
Tamara Drewe returns to the sleepy Dorset village where she grew up to sell her mother’s house. Once the big-nosed girl next door, she has had a nose job and is a successful journalist in London. Her old flame Andy is still working for philandering novelist Nicholas Hardiment and his long-suffering wife and, when Tamara begins a relationship with rock drummer Ben Sergeant, there begins a three-way contest for her affections, made more complicated by the dreams of 15-year-old Jody, who wants to grow up and get away from the village just like Tamara.
Far From the Madding Crowd (2015)
Beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene catches the eye of local farmer Gabriel Oak when she arrives to live with her aunt in the Dorset village of Norcombe. She declines his offer of marriage, but their lives continue to intertwine as fate brings contrasting fortunes to both of them.
Available til 17th January 2021….
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
Reform Club member Phileas Fogg makes a wager with his fellow clubmen that he can go round the world in 80 days. Accompanied by his servant Passepartout, Fogg begins his momentous voyage.
What We Did on Our Holiday (2014)
Comedy about Doug and Abi, travelling to Scotland for a birthday celebration, who are trying to hide the fact from their family that they are going through a divorce.
The Happy Prince (2018)
After his release from Reading gaol for gross indecency, the once celebrated and now notorious Oscar Wilde lives out his final years in self-imposed exile in France, visited by loyal friends and lovers, who are unable to divert him from resuming the destructive relationship with Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas.
Available til 18th January 2021….
CS Lewis, Oxford don and well-known children’s author, appears to be content with his quiet academic life. Then he agrees to meet American poet Joy Gresham, whose forthright personality seems to be at odds with Lewis’s unadventurous routine. But over the course of a Christmas spent together, his feelings begin to change.
Great Expectations (2012)
As a boy, Pip is made a plaything for haughty young Estella by eccentric Miss Haversham. When circumstances enable Pip to become a gentleman, he hopes to be able to woo wealthy Estella, but both are pawns in a larger game.
Educating Rita (1983)
Moving comedy drama based on Willy Russell’s hit stage play about a hairdresser who dreams of rising above her drab urban existence through the power of education. For better or worse, she chooses drunken lecturer Frank Bryant as her tutor. Julie Walters gained an Oscar nomination for her film debut.
The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
On the morning of 6 November 1943, the military authorities in Berlin receive a simple message – ‘The Eagle Has Landed’. In a daring kidnap attempt, a small force of crack German paratroopers are poised to snatch Winston Churchill and return with him to Germany. If they succeed in their mission, it could alter the course of the war. Who can stop them?
Available til 19th January 2021….
Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Doctor and poet Yuri Zhivago is brought up in the family of Alexander Gromeko, whose daughter Tonya he eventually marries. But his true love is for the passionate and beautiful Lara, the mistress of a political opportunist. With the outbreak of the Great War, and with Moscow transformed by the Revolution, their romance is disrupted by the social upheaval surrounding them.
Viva Las Vegas (1964)
Lucky Jackson needs money to get an engine good enough to enter his car into the Vegas Grand Prix. He earns the money working as a waiter but loses it again and has to enter the hotel talent contest. His opponent in the contest is the beautiful hotel swimming instructor Rusty Martin. Lucky doesn’t just want to win the money; he wants to win her heart.
The Big Sick (2017)
Struggling stand-up comic Kumail is a hit with heckler Emily, but their affair ends just before a mystery illness has her in a coma. Abruptly absorbed with her care and sparring parents, Kumail struggles with his own Muslim family and their expectations.
Available til 20th January 2021….
The Searchers (1956)
Classic John Ford western. Believing the Comanche have abducted his young niece, embittered Ethan Edwards sets out to save her, accompanied by hot-headed Martin. But their long quest takes its toll.
Clash of the Titans (1981)
In the time of legends, Perseus – mortal son of immortal Zeus – must face terrifying ordeals in his quest to win the heart and hand of fair Andromeda. While the gods of Mount Olympus feud, the youth battles such mighty menaces of myth as the snake-haired Medusa and dreaded Kraken.
High Society (1956)
Time is short if playboy CK Dexter-Haven is to reclaim his former wife before she remarries. Cynical reporter Mike Connor is covering the wedding.
The Revenant (2015)
In the early 1820s, Hugh Glass guides a team of trappers through the wilderness, but an encounter with a grizzly bear leaves him with severe injuries and teetering on the brink of death. When he miraculously survives the mauling, his fellow crew members are charged with caring for their leader – but their decision to abandon him sends a hate-filled Glass on a tale of survival and ultimately revenge.
Mission Impossible (1995)
When a crucial mission goes wrong, spy Ethan Hunt finds himself out on a limb and under suspicion. Taking the law into his own hands, he races to clear his name and expose the real traitor.
The Death of Stalin (2017)
Moscow, 1953 – Soviet leader Joseph Stalin is suddenly taken ill and dies. Immediately, members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power against one another.
Available til 21st January 2021….
Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out (2016)
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 home-made 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.
Classic romantic drama. Rick’s Café is a centre for criminals, refugees, resistance fighters and Nazis. Its cynical owner takes risks for no-one – until the arrival of Ilsa.
Jane Eyre (2011)
An orphan suffers an unhappy childhood before gaining employment, firstly as a teacher and later as a governess to a little girl living at the imposing Thornfield Hall. She falls in love with the owner of the estate, but it is much later that she discovers the terrible secret that he is harbouring.
Paul Maddens is charged with the biggest challenge of his life – mounting his primary school’s musical version of the Nativity. Competing against the posh neighbouring school for the honour of the best-reviewed show in town, the stakes are raised when Paul idly boasts that his ex-girlfriend Jennifer, a Hollywood producer, is coming to see his show with a view to turning it into a film. The only trouble is – they haven’t spoken in years…
LA cab driver Max Murocher’s regular night shift takes a turn for the worse when he unwittingly picks up nattily dressed Vincent, who, to Max’s horror, soon turns out to be a killer for hire. The evening’s body count has only just begun.
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Despite an Avengers encounter, Peter Parker’s amazing abilities and Tony Stark-supplied costume are stuck serving only his own New York neighbourhood. Then an encounter with crooks using alien tech, led by the cynical Vulture, draws him into a dangerous adventure – almost as perilous as wanting to take the girl of his dreams to their high school homecoming dance.
Available til 22nd January 2021….
Paddington 2 (2017)
Paddington finds the perfect gift for Aunt Lucy’s birthday, but when the gift is stolen, he becomes the prime suspect, and it is up to the Browns to prove his innocence.
Musical version of the Charles Dickens classic. It’s Christmas Eve, but the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge dismisses the festivities around him as humbug, until he is visited by some very persuasive ghosts.
Phantom Thread (2018)
1950s London. Temperamental top-flight dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock meets a new muse, Alma, and embarks on his usual, cyclical relationship style – but she is determined to disturb his routine.
Available til 23rd January 2021….
Early Man (2018)
Young Dug’s sheltered life with his Stone Age tribe is shattered by bronze-mining invaders, led by greedy Lord Nooth. To win his home back, desperate Dug gambles on challenging these more sophisticated folk in a contest they love, but he only knows from rock paintings: football.
Singin’ in the Rain (1952)
Classic Hollywood musical. Top silent screen couple Don Lockwood and Lina Lamont face disaster when their latest movie is made into a talkie, as both the technology and Lina’s voice prove problematic.
I Give It a Year (2013)
Opposites attract as upmarket Nat ties the knot with laid-back Josh. However, each faces adulterous temptation – casually handsome Guy and agreeably kooky Chloe. If family and friends have little faith in the marriage, can counselling keep the couple together?
Ghost Stories (2017)
Professor Philip Goodman, famous for debunking hoaxes and ghost sightings, is given a dossier of three terrifying, unsolvable cases by his hero and role model Charles Cameron, who has been missing, presumed dead, for years. Can Goodman explain what even Cameron could not?
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.
Available til 24th January 2021….
Calamity Jane (1953)
Calamity Jane is the roughest, toughest gal in the town of Deadwood, and only Wild Bill Hickock is man enough to discover the lady underneath the tough talk and gun belts.
Kiss Me Kate (1953)
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.
Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie (2016)
Worried about her finances when her book fails to find a publisher, Patsy is given the tip that Kate Moss has left her PR company and will be looking for new representation. Things start to go awry when the plot to approach Kate goes horribly wrong, and Patsy and Edina find themselves vilified by the entire nation and having to flee the country.
Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Based on a true heart-warming story. In the autumn of 1944, as war rages in the Pacific, New York heiress and founder of the Verdi Club Florence Foster Jenkins devotes her life to music with the unswerving support of her eminent actor and monologist husband St Clair Bayfield. Delighted to provide support for other musicians, she is finally inspired by a Lili Pons recital to revive her own singing career, despite having very little talent in that regard.
La La Land (2017)
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.
Available til 25th January 2021….
Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit (2005)
Oscar-winning claymation about the chase for a giant rabbit terrorising a town’s allotments and vegetable patches days before the annual vegetable-growing competition. As Wallace and his trusty companion are called into action with their pest control business, a dastardly Lord Victor Quartermaine competes to capture the Were-Rabbit and win the heart of a beautiful lady
Shaun the Sheep: The Movie (2015)
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets more fun than he bargained for. A mix-up with the Farmer, a caravan and a very steep hill lead Shaun and the flock to the big city, and it is up to Shaun to return everyone to the green green grass of home.
The Invisible Woman (2013)
British biographical drama, adapted from Claire Tomalin’s book. At the peak of his career, Charles Dickens meets a young actress who soon becomes his muse and mistress.
Man Up (2015)
Nancy, 34 years old and single, is travelling across London to toast another ten years of her parents’ magical marriage. She runs into a 40-year-old divorcee, Jack, who mistakes her for his blind date. Nancy decides to go with it and starts the most chaotic journey of her life.
Suite Français (2014)
France, 1940. In the first days of the occupation, Lucile Angellier is living in their small quiet town with her mother-in-law as they await news of her husband, a prisoner of war. Parisian refugees and a regiment of German soldiers take up residence in the villagers’ homes, and while Lucile initially tries to ignore Bruno von Falk, the German officer staying with them, something develops between them.
Restless Natives (1985)
A humorous tale of ‘underemployed’ Scots Ronnie and Will, who live in the majestic city of Edinburgh. Tired of having no money and tempted by the untapped wealth of the international tourists who swarm through their city, Ronnie and Will hatch a plot to achieve fame and fortune.
An epic wartime action thriller written, directed and produced by Christopher Nolan. Hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops find themselves surrounded by enemy forces in Dunkirk, northern France, during World War II. They face an impossible situation, trapped on the beach as the German troops close in. A quickly assembled British fleet leads the legendary evacuation of over 300,000 Allied military forces.
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
In London, 1946, author Juliet Ashton’s career has taken off, but she is not enjoying promoting her detective stories to eager audiences on a book tour. When she receives a letter from a Guernsey pig farmer inviting her to attend a meeting of his literary society, she eagerly accepts. What Juliet discovers about her new friends and their secrets leads to her staying on the island much longer than she planned. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000hy2m/the-guernsey-literary-and-potato-peel-pie-society
Unexpectedly reunited with summer love Danny at her new high school, Sandy Olsson can’t believe how different he is. Can the new Danny Zucco, the leather-clad, tough-talking leader of the T-birds really be the boy she met down at the beach? Why is he behaving so strangely towards her? Perhaps her new friends Frenchie and Rizzo, both members of the super-cool Pink Ladies gang, can help her develop some street cred to win his heart back?
Available til 26th January 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.
West is West (2010)
Culture-clash comedy drama set in 1976, the sequel to hit play and film East Is East. Sulky, Salford-born teenager Sajid, transported to rural Pakistan with his father, is an alien amidst this other family. However, dad ‘George’ is almost equally troubled by what their visit stirs up.
The Heroes of Telemark (1965)
Occupied Norway, 1942. A team of resistance fighters undertake the vital and dangerous mission to destroy the Norsk heavy water plant to prevent the Nazis producing an atomic bomb. Based on a true story.
Operation Crossbow (1965)
World War II drama. A small group of agents is sent on a vital mission to destroy a Nazi V-2 rocket base in Holland. Their aim is to prevent flying bombs from falling on London.
Available til 27th January 2021….
Love & Friendship (2016)
Lady Susan Vernon arrives at her brother-in-law’s residence, Churchill, with a matchmaking plan for her daughter, having left a trail of confusion behind her at her last residence, Manwaring. While young Reginald de Courcey is charmed by her, some of her family are deeply suspicious of her motives. But few people are equal to the schemes of Lady Susan
The NeverEnding Story (1985)
Young Bastian has just lost his mum and is struggling in life. One day, while trying to get away from the school bullies, he takes refuge in an old bookshop. Here, he starts reading an old storybook about a mythical world, Fantasia, which is full of weird and wonderful creatures. As he reads on, Bastian discovers that Fantasia is becoming endangered, its lovely empress gravely ill and its very existence threatened by a powerful dark force known as The Nothing.
Has-been actor Richard Thorncroft, once the lead in popular TV detective series Mindhorn, filmed on the Isle of Man in the 80s, is called back to the island to re-enact his most famous role for a police sting. A killer is on the loose and will only speak to Mindhorn himself, or he threatens to strike again.
Marianne and Leonard: Words of Love (2019)
The beautiful yet tragic love story between Leonard Cohen and his Norwegian muse Marianne Ihlen. Their love began on the idyllic Greek island of Hydra in 1960 as part of a bohemian community of foreign artists, writers, and musicians. This film follows their relationship, from the early days on Hydra, a humble time of ‘free love’ and open marriage, to how their love evolved when Leonard became a successful musician.
Minority Report (2002)
2054 – the Washington DC police department prevents homicides using a programme called Precrime, which relies on the supernatural powers of three psychics, called pre-cogs, to predict and stop murders before they happen. Detective John Anderton, whose son went missing six years ago, has absolute faith in the infallibility of the system, until one day the pre-cogs have a vision predicting that he himself will kill a man within the next 36 hours.
Liam Gallagher: As It Was (2019)
The honest and emotional story of how one of the most electrifying rock ’n’ roll frontmen went from the dizzying heights of his champagne supernova years in Oasis to a life of notoriety and bitter legal battles.
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.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Returning to England from Istanbul on the Orient Express, Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate a murder.
Available til 28th January 2021….
To Catch a Thief (1955)
Retired jewel thief John Robie is leading a luxurious life on the French Riviera. After a series of thefts in the area, he is the prime suspect since the thief is using the same methods he used to employ. To prove his innocence, Robie must catch the burglar himself.
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 naive 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.
Available til 29th January 2021….
Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2013)
To save his own job, Alan gets radio colleague Pat laid off, but when the man returns to the relaunched station with a shotgun and a siege ensues, Alan is given the high-profile role of go-between, trying to appease both the hostage taker and armed police. So lots of people have Alan in their sights.
In modern day New York, an immortal Scottish clansman fights to become the ultimate ruler of humanity.
North by Northwest (1959)
Classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller. When advertising executive Roger Thornhill is mistaken for the mysterious Mr Kaplan by a ruthless espionage ring, he soon faces deadly peril, framed for murder. On the run, Thornhill seeks Kaplan, the one person who can verify his story
Available til 30th January 2021….
On The Town (1949)
Oscar-winning musical following three sailors on shore leave. Determined to enjoy their freedom, the young men embark on whirlwind romances. Starring Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.
Made in Dagenham (2010)
Comedy drama charting the fight of female factory workers at the Ford Dagenham plant for equal pay. In 1968, one determined factory worker leads her colleagues out on strike in the hope of eradicating unfair working conditions and sexual discrimination.
Paint Your Wagon (1969)
On the rugged trail west in the days of the Gold Rush, hard-fighting, hard-drinking, happy-go-lucky Ben Rumson meets and joins forces with the quiet-living Pardner. However, their friendship is tested when Pardner falls in love with Elizabeth, the wife Ben has recently acquired at auction.
Rio Bravo (1959)
Holding a killer spells trouble for Sheriff Chance in a remote Texan town. The jailed man’s brother has money and men, while Chance’s few allies include an alcoholic and a shady lady.
Available til 31st January 2021….
Tommy’s Honour (2016)
Old Tom Morris and his son Tommy were among the first greats of golf, both brilliant players who helped codify and popularise the sport as we know it, and in their different ways fought against the class prejudices of their time. But hot-headed young Tommy and dignified Tom did not always see eye to eye.
Mr Holmes (2015)
In 1947, the renowned and still celebrated detective Sherlock Holmes is 93, retired and living in seclusion in Sussex with his housekeeper and her young son. Aware that dementia is creeping up on him, Holmes is haunted by his final case whose unsatisfactory conclusion led to his retirement. Prompted by his recent trip to Japan, he attempts to reconstruct the evidence before his memory gives out.
Tea with Mussolini (1999)
Florence 1935. A circle of English ladies settled in the cultured city take an orphan boy, Luca, under their wing. But even a propaganda encounter with Il Duce cannot protect them when war comes, and it falls to Luca and two brash American women they barely tolerate to ease their existence.
Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave (1995)
Oscar-winning claymation comedy thriller from Nick Park, featuring the popular inventor and his dog. Wallace’s whirlwind romance with the proprietor of the local wool shop puts his head in a spin, and Gromit is framed for sheep rustling in a fiendish criminal plot, meeting a sheep named Shaun along the way. Will Wallace snap out of his daze in time to rescue his canine companion?
Available til 1st February 2021….
Internal Affairs (1994)
LAPD officer Dennis Peck knows his way around the law. He can launder money, run a scam and even, for the right amount, arrange a murder. But Raymond Avila, an Internal Affairs Division investigator, doesn’t trust him, and time is beginning to run out for Peck.
The Fits (2015)
Psychological portrait of 11-year-old Toni – a tomboy assimilating to a tight-knit dance team in Cincinnati’s West End. Enamoured by the power and confidence of this strong community of girls, Toni eagerly absorbs routines, masters drills and even pierces her own ears to fit in. When a mysterious outbreak of fainting spells plagues the team, Toni’s desire for acceptance is twisted.
The Secret of Kells (2014)
Life is sent topsy-turvy for Brendan, a young boy living in 9th century rural Ireland. He faces an enormous challenge when he must complete the famous, unfinished Book of Kells, whilst at the same time try and protect the Abbey from the Vikings.
Dad’s Army (1971)
Feature-length version of the classic sitcom about the Home Guard unit of a small seaside town. In 1940, with a German invasion looming, the defence of Walmington-on-Sea is in the hands of local bank manager Captain Mainwaring and a motley collection of volunteers. After a series of blunders, the Home Guard finally get the glory they deserve.
Ice Station Zebra (1968)
When a secret film capsule from a Russian spacecraft lands near Station Zebra, the tiny weather base is plunged into the Cold War and a confrontation between two super powers.
Available til 2nd February 2021….
Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
Fact-based story set in America’s former maximum-security prison, from which escape was supposed to be impossible. For habitual jailbreaker Frank Morris, Alcatraz is just another set of bars and walls that will never hold him.
After the death of their mother, a group of siblings are torn apart during a long, dark night of mishaps and misunderstandings. Each must find their own way to come to terms with their grief through emotional and meteorological turbulence. Oldest brother Thomas stubbornly holds to a promise he has made to their mother, whilst younger siblings Michael and John, are embroiled in a dangerous and violent game of revenge, and Sheila, well Sheila just wants to get home.
How The West Was Won (1962)
Epic western about three generations of a pioneer family, showing how its fortunes fluctuated during the dynamic westward expansion of America during the 19th century. Three top directors each tackle separate episodes of the story, filmed in the short-lived three-camera Cinerama process, and with an all-star cast.
Available til 7th February 2021….
Together, they are 342 years old. They are in their seventh decade of cutting-edge, epoch-defining performances on stage and on screen. Funny, smart, sharp, competitive, tearful, hilarious, savage, clever, caustic, cool, gorgeous, poignant, irreverent, iconic, old… and unbelievably young. Atkins, Dench, Smith, Plowright. The dream dame team.
After a series of violent murders scandalises Victorian London, the Limehouse Golem strikes fear into the hearts of the public, whilst also capturing people’s imagination. Into this melting pot is thrust the well-meaning Inspector Kildare, who has never been given a murder case before. He knows he has been set up to fail but soon uncovers a lead that implicates Karl Marx, George Gissing and the popular music hall star Dan Leno, and follows the trail, wherever it may lead, through the seediest and most intriguing parts of London.
Powell and Pressburger’s emotionally charged drama about a group of nuns at a Himalayan outpost who try to maintain a school and hospital despite formidable odds and the emergence of deeply repressed passions. Cinematographer Jack Cardiff and art director Alfred Junge won Academy Awards.
Available til 8th February 2021….
The story of Sophie, an orphan who goes on a magical journey with a big friendly giant, creating wonderful dreams. However, there’s trouble ahead when they meet horrible giants who want to eat little children – will Sophie be able to stop them?
Film adaptation of John Le Carre’s Cold War novel about a retired MI6 agent who must track down a Soviet mole within the British intelligence service’s ranks.
Scottish drama in which a gifted boy who is preparing to leave his island home to go to university on the mainland falls madly in love with a girl from the neighbouring village. Similarly, his teacher, involved in a photographic study of village life, becomes preoccupied with the young island nurse. Together the stories reflect the fragile balance of human relationships in an isolated rural community.
Oscar-winning drama based on real experiences featured in Michael Lewis’ bestseller. Defying market reasoning, a few shrewd but oddball fund managers and traders start betting against the US mortgage system’s stability. They are predicting (and counting on) its collapse, but the unforeseen consequences prove devastating.
Brian and Mike are two LAPD cops, partners at work and best friends outside it. Patrolling one of LA’s toughest districts, they tackle everything from street violence to house fires, and they think they have seen it all. But when they stumble on something and pull off a massive drugs bust, they are entering into a world even they aren’t prepared for.
Drama. A young officer at a maximum security prison is on his way to becoming the chief executioner. In Malay and English with English subtitles.
Available til 9th February 2021….
Passion and paranoia collide when workaholic Frankie – a woman in the secretive male world of military drone design, with little time for love – accepts the advances of young student Kahil. But as an Algerian Muslim, he is suspect in the eyes of others and, increasingly, of Frankie herself.
Available til early 2021….
It Follows (2017) (Available until January 2021)
Psychological horror about a young woman pursued by a supernatural entity after having sex. It’s enough to make you never want it again.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Available until February 2021)
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.
Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) (Available until February 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.
Adam Curtis – HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until February 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.
A High School Rape Goes Viral: Roll Red Roll (2018) (Available until February 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.
Cat People (1942) (Available until February 2021)
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.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944) (Available until February 2021)
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.
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) (Available until February 2021)
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.
Happy New Year, Colin Burstead (2018) (Available until February 2021)
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….
Minding the Gap: An American Skateboarding Story (2018) (Available until February 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.
The Queen of Versailles (2013) (Available until February 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.
Simon Amstell: Carnage (2017) (Available until February 2021)
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.
Female Filmmakers: BBC Introducing Arts (2020) (Available until February 2021)
Janina Ramirez presents short films from talented emerging female artists, using comedy, drama and dance to tell stories from a uniquely female perspective.
Available til mid 2021….
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
Vivacious Lady (1938) (Available until June 2021)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Spanish Main (1945) (Available until June 2021)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.
Angel Face (1952) (Available until June 2021)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.
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.
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.
Blackbeard the Pirate (1952) (Available until June 2021)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship’s surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fort Apache (1948) (Available until June 2021)
At Fort Apache, an honourable 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.
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.
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.
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.
One Deadly Weekend in America (2017) (Available until June 2021)
Documentary showing the stories of several young people who were shot by friends, enemies, or law enforcement, and the aftermath that ensued.
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.
Available til late 2021….
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.
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 ground-breaking marketing strategies created a multi-billion-dollar business.
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.
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
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.
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….
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?
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.
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.
Primary Colours (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.
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.
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 Minnesota randomly come across $4 million and hatch a plan to keep their haul from authorities
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Jackal (1997) (Available until January 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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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