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)
More black stories are brand-new to the iPlayer service this week following Sorry to Bother You last week. This week the Kathryn Bigelow directed drama Detroit, starring John Boyega and based on a true story of the city’s riots in 1967, as well as the classic Boyz in the Hood, written and directed by the late John Singleton, following the lives of three young black men in urban Los Angeles.
Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available until 24th September 2021….)
Blue Murder at St Trinian’s (1958)
With their headmistress under lock and key in her majesty’s prison, the St Trinian’s girls find themselves under the protection of the army. However, when the sixth form take a fancy to winning a trip to Italy through means fair or foul, the army discover this is one battle they can’t win. Let loose in Europe, it is not long before St Trinian’s have succeeded in endangering European relations.
Available until 25th September 2021….
The Pure Hell of St Trinian’s (1960)
The fourth form monsters’ latest trick is their best ever – they have burned down St Trinian’s school! As the girls stand trial, the police breathe a sigh of relief, but miraculously the judge’s infatuation with a student means the school is freed. For the authorities, it means a new reign of terror as the girls of St Trinian’s regroup with gleeful anticipation.
Personal Shopper (2016)
Maureen, personal shopper to a supermodel, is determined to stay in Paris three months after the death of her twin brother from a genetic heart abnormality. Lewis was a medium and had promised to give her a sign of the afterlife. Herself a medium, Maureen is asked to search for his presence in the house his girlfriend is now trying to sell. Unable to determine his presence, Maureen starts to get text messages from an unknown source.
Animation following the Scooby-Doo gang and their adventures as they solve another strange and hilarious mystery. The Mystery Inc crew races against the vengeful Black Samurai and his spectral Ghost Warriors to claim the ancient Sword of Fate, a blade fabled to possess amazing powers. Along the way, Scooby and Shaggy are indoctrinated by an unlikely sword master who teaches them Bushido, the Way of the Samurai. Their emerging skills are quickly tested by an unstoppable army of robot ninjas. And in the end, our harried heroes discover that Boshido, emphasising loyalty, honour and courage, holds the key to the mystery.
Available until 26th September 2021….
In 1640, two young Jesuit priests travel from Portugal to Japan on a mission to track down their former spiritual mentor, Father Ferreira, who is rumoured to have disappeared after renouncing Christianity. The mission puts their own faith to the test.
The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953)
Ealing comedy about a group of villagers and their battle to preserve the local railway line by running it themselves, an enterprise that goes well until they are sabotaged in a midnight raid by the rival bus company. Undaunted, they wheel out the Thunderbolt, an ancient exhibit in the village museum. Now all that remains is to put on a satisfactory run for the stickler of a government inspector.
Only You (2018)
A chance meeting on New Year’s Eve results in a passionate relationship between Spanish arts council worker Elena and PhD student Jake. The couple are seemingly made for each other and quickly move in together. But although they are soon ready to try for a family, Elena’s biological clock is ticking.
Summer Holiday (1963)
Don and his friends persuade their employer to lend them a London bus for their summer holiday. En route to the south of France, the boys run into some girls and offer them a lift to Athens. Then, they pick up an American boy who isn’t exactly what he seems but who is running away from an exploitative mother.
Detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure, cellmates Fletcher and Godber become unwilling accomplices to an escape attempt in this cinema version of the popular BBC comedy.
Alice returns to the magical world of Underland, only to find the Hatter in a terrible state. With the help of her friends, Alice must travel through time to save the Mad Hatter and Underland’s fate from the evil clutches of the Red Queen and a clock-like creature known as Time.
Drama based on a true story, recounting one of history’s most daring coastguard rescue attempts. Stranded on a sinking oil tanker along with 30 other sailors, engineer Ray Sybert battles to buy his crew more time as Captain Bernie Webber and three of his colleagues tackle gigantic waves and gale-force winds in their astonishing bid to save the seamen.
Available until 27th September 2021….
Infuriatingly determined Tracy Flick is sure to be her high school student council’s president until teacher Jim McAllister interferes, and the contest quickly gets messy, along with Jim’s private life.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Returning to England from Istanbul on the Orient Express, Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate a murder.
Witness for the Prosecution (1957)
Eminent barrister Sir Wilfrid Roberts returns to his chambers after illness, with strict instructions from his doctor not to take on any strenuous criminal cases. But he cannot resist the prospect of defending Leonard Vole, who has been accused of murdering a wealthy widow.
Available until 28th September 2021….
The 39 Steps (1935)
Classic Hitchcock mystery based on John Buchan’s novel. A man is pursued by the police for a murder he did not commit and by an international spy ring for information he does not possess. He finds himself fleeing across the desolate Scottish moors – handcuffed to a beautiful blonde.
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.
Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death (2008)
Wallace and Gromit have opened a new bakery – Top Bun – and business is booming, not least because a deadly Cereal Killer has murdered all the other bakers in town. Gromit is worried that they may be the next victims, but Wallace does not care, as he has fallen head over heels in love with Piella Bakewell, former star of the Bake-O-Lite bread commercials. So Gromit is left to run things on his own, when he would much rather be getting better acquainted with Piella’s lovely pet poodle Fluffles.
On the Basis of Sex (2008)
The story of a young Ruth Bader Ginsburg – then a struggling attorney and new mother – who faces adversity and numerous obstacles in her fight for equal rights throughout her career.
Available until 30th September 2021….
Swashbuckling spectacular based on the novel by Sir Walter Scott. Ivanhoe the knight fights for the honour of King Richard, kidnapped in Austria, and saves a wealthy merchant who agrees to help raise the Lionheart’s ransom.
Available until 2nd October 2021….
Great Moments in Aviation (1994)
Romantic film drama. 1957. Bound for England, a woman with dreams of becoming a pilot falls for a fellow passenger. Will the secret he is harbouring destroy their affair?
Available until 3rd October 2021….
Bros: After the Screaming Stops (2018)
A film charting Matt and Luke Goss’s reunion 28 years on from when they were one of the biggest bands in the world. The Goss twins have hardly spoken and not played together since their split. With an incredibly fractured relationship and only three weeks to go until sell-out gigs at the O2 London, will they be able to put their history aside and come together as brothers to play the show of their lives?
The Railway Children (1970)
Set in 1904, England. When their father is mysteriously arrested, the Waterbury children and their mother downsize and move to the Yorkshire countryside. Bobbie, Phyllis and Peter discover the local steam railway, and on their adventures they befriend the station porter Mr Perks and try to discover the truth about their father.
Available until 4th October 2021….
Song of the Sea (Oran na Mara) (2017)
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.
I Remember You (2017)
In the remote Westfjords of Iceland, a woman hangs herself in a church. Her death leads to an investigation into a number of strange deaths in the area. Freyr, the new psychiatrist in town, is shocked to discover that one deceased man was obsessed with the disappearance of his 8-year-old son who went missing without a trace three years before. Across the bay in an abandoned village, three city dwellers are restoring an old house when inexplicable, supernatural events start to occur. It becomes clear that the answer to both of these mysteries lie with the disappearance of a boy 60 years earlier.
In Which We Serve (1942)
This is the story of a ship – the HMS Torrin – from its construction to its participation at Dunkirk and its final sinking in the Battle of Crete. As the ship goes down, the crew remember their homes and loved ones. Based on true events as recounted to Noel Coward by Lord Mountbatten
The BFG (2016)
The BFG is the exciting tale of a young girl named Sophie and the mysterious giant the BFG, who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. Two of the world’s greatest storytellers – Roald Dahl and Steven Spielberg – unite to bring Dahl’s beloved classic to life.
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.
Available until 5th October 2021….
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.
Available until 8th October 2021….
Gloria Bell (2018)
Dance-loving divorcee Gloria is looking for love and happiness while also worrying about her two children, now grown-up and with their own problems. When she meets Arnold in a bar, they hit it off, but he has problems of his own.
Available until 10th October 2021….
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
William Shakespeare hasn’t written a hit in years, and theatre owner Henslowe is counting on Shakespeare’s promised comedy, Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate’s Daughter, to keep his wolfish creditors from the door. At the casting session, Will hears his lines spoken with great feeling by an unknown young actor and his curiosity is fired. Soon he discovers the secret of the talented young actor and rediscovers his muse. As Shakespeare falls in love with an unattainable noblewoman, the farcical comedy transforms into the timeless tragedy that is Romeo and Juliet.
Available until 11th October 2021….
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 until 12th October 2021….
Sorry To Bother You (2018)
Oakland, California: Cassius Green is young, black and broke. Living in his uncle’s garage without an income, he has accumulated debts. He finally lands a job at a local telemarketing company, where he is soon let into a peculiar secret to getting ahead. As he rises through the ranks, his telemarketing friends and colleagues, including his artist girlfriend, decide to stage a strike for better conditions. But this is precisely the moment that Cassius is offered a promotion. Which side should he choose? And how much does he know about what lies behind the alluring new career prospects.
Available until 15th October 2021….
In the American Civil War, when a wounded Union soldier is found by the young girls of an isolated seminary in Virginia, their mistress allows him to stay until his wounds are fully recovered before handing him over to Confederate soldiers. But the longer he remains, the longer he seems to exert a pull over the girls and their mistresses.
Available until 16th October 2021….
Drama adapted from Jerome K Jerome’s classic tale. Overworked and in need of a rest, three men and a dog set out on an epic voyage of mishap up the Thames.
Celebrating the next generation of female filmmakers, these short films from BBC Introducing Arts are all made by women. Presented by Janina Ramirez, these talented, emerging artists use comedy, drama and dance to tell stories from a contemporary female perspective.
Available until 17th October 2021….
Benjamin Braddock is a shy, aimless college graduate. His well-to-do parents and their friends welcome him home with great fanfare but he feels listless, lacks ambition and can’t share their enthusiasm. When his parents’ friend Mrs Robinson takes an interest in him it kickstarts an unusual summer.
After a family tragedy, Beau Ginner rises to be foreman in a Texas lineman team, upgrading overhead power cables and preventing disasters. However, there is friction when his college-bound niece Bailey’s on-off boyfriend Duncan joins the crew, while another new recruit is hiding PTSD symptoms. And there’s a storm coming…
Available until 18th October 2021….
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.
Available until 19th October 2021….
In 1984, ten-year-old Tre’s mother decides it would be in his best interest to move in with his father, after he was involved in a fight at school. In his dad’s tough South Central neighbourhood he reunites with childhood friends Ricky and Doughboy. Seven years on, with his strict father’s guidance he has managed to stay clear of drugs and violence. But as gang violence begin to invade his neighbourhood, it becomes almost impossible for him and his friends to avoid being dragged under.
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.
A White, White Day (2019) (Available until October 2021)
Atmospheric Icelandic drama. As a widowed policeman tries to come to terms with the death of his wife in a car accident, he discovers that she had been cheating on him. In Icelandic with English subtitles.
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 flounders 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.
Piranhas (2019) (Available until October 2021)
Naples. 15-year-old Nicola is growing tired of seeing his single mother struggle to keep his family afloat, while the local criminal gang extorts protection money from her business. One day he decides to start aping the big guys, and he soon discovers that there is money to be made by doing the Camorra’s bidding.
One Deadly Weekend in America (2017) (Available until November 2021)
Documentary showing the stories of several young people who were shot by friends, enemies, or law enforcement, and the aftermath that ensued.
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 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.
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 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.
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 new-born 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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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 Keeper (2018) (Available until February 2022)
Recruited from the local prisoner-of-war camp by the manager of non-league St Helens, Bert Trautmann has to overcome the prejudices of his fellow team members who are all appalled at the prospect of playing with the enemy. At the end of the war, Bert is free to return to his home in Bremen, but his growing connection with Margaret, the boss’s daughter, leads him to stay and pursue a career in professional football.
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.
Destroyer (2019) (Available until April 2022)
Damaged LAPD detective Erin Bell embarks on a last-ditch personal mission to track down charismatic criminal Silas, whom she went undercover to expose years earlier. That operation imploded, and Bell’s personal failings could sabotage this new quest, as they have already destroyed her family life.
A Farewell to Arms (1932) (Available until May 2022)
In World War I, an American serving as an ambulance driver in Italy falls in love with a nurse in this adaptation of Ernest Hemingway’s novel.
Papadopoulos and Sons (2012) (Available until May 2022)
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.
Kate Nash: Underestimate the Girl (2018) (Available until May 2022)
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.
Minding the Gap: An American Skateboarding Story (2018) (Available until May 2022)
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.
Masked and Anonymous (2004) (Available until June 2022)
Written by and starring Bob Dylan and set in the near-future in a fictional America. Against the backdrop of a nation on the brink of revolution, a singer, whose career has gone on a downward spiral, is forced to make a comeback to the performance stage for a benefit concert.
Tycoon (1947) (Available until June 2022)
Romantic melodrama about an engineer battling to build a railroad in the Andes while trying to save his marriage to the boss’s daughter. After wedding his bride against her father’s wishes, he then jeopardises his marriage and the railroad enterprise by single-mindedly battling to get the extraordinary engineering project completed on time and within budget.
Together (2021) (Available until June 2022)
Hilarious and heartbreaking story of a couple forced to re-evaluate themselves and their relationship through the reality of lockdown.
Letter from an Unknown Woman (1947) (Available until July 2022)
Classic melodrama in which a young woman falls in love with a concert pianist, beginning a lifelong infatuation. The story of unrequited love is told through a series of flashbacks as the pianist finally comes to read a letter from the dying woman he never really knew.
Double Dynamite (1951) (Available until July 2022)
Bank teller Johnny Dalton, too poor to marry his sweetheart, saves a big-time bookie from a beating and receives a munificent reward… which just happens to match a mysterious shortage at the bank.
Rosie (2018) (Available until July 2022)
Mother-of-four Rosie tries to keep her young family afloat as they become homeless when their rented house is put on the market for a price they can’t afford. The story unfolds over 36 hours, as Rosie’s partner John-Paul works long hours in a restaurant kitchen, while she spends the day driving around with the kids and making countless phone calls in the search for emergency accommodation.
The Outlaw (1943) (Available until July 2022)
Unconventional western about the life of outlaw Billy the Kid, including his partnership with Doc Holliday and clashes with lawman Pat Garrett. Stars Jane Russell and Jack Buetel.
Every Day (2018) (Available until July 2022)
16-year old Rhiannon falls in love with a mysterious soul named A, who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find one another, not knowing what or who the next day will bring. The more the two fall in love, the more the realities of the situation take a toll, leaving the couple to face the hardest decision either has ever had to make.
Everything, Everything (2017) (Available until July 2022)
17-year-old Maddy is confined to her home by a debilitating and rare illness which causes a possible fatal reaction to everyday substances – including human contact. Her constrained life is about to be transformed with the arrival of Olly next door. Love blossoms via phone and text, but can their relationship ever become more than a distant friendship?
Love Affair (1939) (Available until July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.
The Velvet Touch (1948) (Available until July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.
Angel Face (1952) (Available until July 2022)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.
My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship’s surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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 July 2022)
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.
Fort Apache (1948) (Available until July 2022)
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 July 2022)
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.
Blind Ambition (2021) (Available until June 2022)
At this pivotal point in his life, Jamie O’Leary wants to explore how people cope with sight loss and how blind artists achieve their creative vision of a world they see from a unique perspective. So he has hooked up with blind observational comedian Jamie MacDonald to bring light and shade to facing the condition. Together, they’re on a blind-leading-the-nearly-blind mission to uncover and collaborate with the best blind creative talent.
The Wee Man (2013) (Available until July 2022)
Teenager Paul grows up in a crime-ridden area and is hired by a mob boss. He proceeds to rise through the ranks until the boss’s son and a rival gang set him up to be arrested.
The Peanut Butter Falcon (2019) (Available until July 2022)
A young man with Down syndrome runs away from his care home to pursue his dream of becoming a wrestler.
Giant Little Ones (2019) (Available until July 2022)
Teenage boys Franky and Ballas, best friends since childhood, are stars of the high school swim team, handsome and popular with the girls. After an unexpected incident at Franky’s seventeenth birthday party, their lives are changed forever.
Equals (2015) (Available until September 2022)
In a future society which lives under the Collective, citizens are mentally stabilised, and all emotions and illnesses are eradicated. Alerted to an outbreak of switched-on syndrome, a disease which is gradually restoring emotions to the victims, Silas notices that his co-worker Nia is betraying feelings, and when he is diagnosed with the condition, the couple begin a dangerous affair.
Eaten by Lions (2018) (Available until September 2022)
When half-brothers Omar and Pete lose the grandmother they grew up with, they are left with nothing to their name and no-one else to call family but each other. They decide to set off for Blackpool together, in search of Omar’s estranged father.
Any One of Us (2020) (Available until September 2022)
When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia experiences a devastating spinal cord injury (SCI), 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.
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) (Available until October 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.
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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