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)
Brand-new to the iPlayer service this week…. Halloween is round the corner, and this week you have the choice of The Conjuring, as well as The Conjuring 2: The Enfield Case. Just don’t say we didn’t warn you. (This is the warning, they’re scary!)
Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available until 22nd October 2021….
Andrew, a talented young drummer, enrolls in a top music school where he is mentored by a conductor, Fletcher, with terrifying methods.
Available until 23rd October 2021….
World War II adventure, set in 1944. A group of Mosquito aircraft have a vital mission – to destroy a German ammunition factory built under a cliff in Norway.
Available until 24th October 2021….
A Monster Calls (2016)
As 12-year-old Conor struggles to deal with his mother’s illness, he is woken from a recurring nightmare by the visitation of a tree monster at his bedroom window. The monster tells him a series of stories and, in return, Conor must tell the monster the truth behind his dreadful nightmare.
The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Powell and Pressburger’s classic British epic about the life and loves of a reactionary army officer, Clive Candy VC, told episodically in flashback. From his dashing career in the Boer War of 1902, the film follows Candy through marriage during the First World War to the Blitz of 1943, when he searches London for his lost youth and loves.
Black Narcissus (1947)
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 until 25th October 2021….
The Mercy (2017)
Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz star in the story of British amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst, who attempted to circumnavigate the world solo in 1969 and whose controversial voyage ended in tragedy.
The King’s Choice (2016)
On 9 April 1940, the German war machine arrives in the city of Oslo. The Norwegian king faces a choice that will change his country forever – whether to submit to the German invasion and install a puppet government answering to Hitler or to enter into a hopeless war of resistance that will cost many lives, as well as Norway’s staunchly defended neutrality.
Rebellious Dean dreams of becoming a professional racer, but his father wants him to work on the family farm he has tried so hard to build up.
Available until 26th October 2021….
Southside with You (2016)
A love story recounting the eventful summer day in 1989 when a young law firm associate named Barack Obama attempts to woo lawyer Michelle Robinson on a day-long date. Spoiler: the date goes rather well.
Available until 29th October 2021….
A provocative and poetic exploration of Britain’s relationship with the land, crafted from quirky, surprising, beautiful and revealing archive from the last hundred years.
Available until 30th October 2021….
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
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.
Available until 31st October 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.
President Nelson Mandela enlists the national rugby union team to try to unite the apartheid-torn nation by winning the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Available until 1st November 2021….
While King Philip of Spain plots to kill Queen Elizabeth of England in 1593, young Bill Shakespeare leaves Stratford to follow his latest dream, to be a playwright in London – despite the theatres being closed due to plague. Luckily the Queen desires a new play – unluckily she chooses creepy Lord Crawley to write it.
The Nun’s Story (1959)
Audrey Hepburn starts as a nun who wants to be perfect, but is inhibited by her pride. Gabrielle van der Malenters enters a nunnery as a nursing postulant, but is frequently at odds with her superiors as she can’t help putting care for the patients above her obedience to the order. Her greatest wish is to work in a hospital in the Congo.
Available until 2nd November 2021….
If Beale Street Could Talk (2015)
Tish, a newly engaged Harlem woman, races against the clock to prove her lover’s innocence while carrying their firstborn child. Based on the novel by James Baldwin.
Available until 5th November 2021….
Film chronicling the tumultuous three-month period in 1965 when Dr Martin Luther King Jr led a campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition, culminating in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which led President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement that forever altered history.
Available until 6th November 2021….
Hitchcock’s Shower Scene: 78/52 (2018)
Documentary. Alfred Hitchcock’s shocking murder scene in Psycho changed the course of world cinema. It took a week to film, one quarter of the film’s entire production schedule, and the scene required 78 set-ups and 52 cuts to achieve.
Sliding Doors (1998)
Romantic comedy. Helen is about to discover that fate can be sealed as quickly as a pair of sliding doors. There are two sides to every story, and Helen is about to live them. Romance has never been quite so duplicitous…
Available until 7th November 2021….
Up Periscope (1959)
Adventure set in World War II. A US Navy lieutenant aboard a submarine is assigned the dangerous task of retrieving a top-secret code book from the Japanese.
Available until 8th November 2021….
Game Night (2018)
Max and Annie’s weekly game night gets out of hand when Max’s overachieving brother Brooks tries to take it to another level. His murder mystery game turns out to be all too real.
Set in 1919 Quedlinburg. Grieving the death of her fiance in the recent war, Anna, a young German woman, is surprised to find a mysterious Frenchman laying flowers on his grave.
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 until 9th November 2021….
Going in Style (2017)
Visiting his bank to attempt to sort out financial difficulties caused by a hike in his monthly mortgage, Joe Harding witnesses the bank being robbed in broad daylight. Reflecting on his experience of both the robbery and the mistreatment of his account by the bank, Joe and his long-time workmates Willie and Al come up with a plan to take matters into their own hands.
The Conjuring 2 – The Enfield Case (2016)
Haunted by a horror in Amityville, paranormal investigators Lorraine and Ed Warren unwillingly come to north London to aid a single mother and her children – victims of a possessive poltergeist. Based on documented events.
Available until 11th November 2021….
Nothing Like a Dame (2018)
Atkins, Dench, Smith, Plowright. 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.
Available until 12th November 2021….
The Perron family’s new life in a dilapidated old house in 1971 turns into a nightmare, so desperate mother Carolyn seeks help from paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren. Based on a real-life experience.
Available until 14th November 2021….
In December 1918, traumatized ex-soldier Tom Sherbourne is hired as keeper to work alone for six months at a lighthouse on Janus Rock island, off Australia. On the mainland he meets joyful local girl Isabel Graysmark and they fall in love. After they marry Isabel moves to Janus Rock with Tom, now permanent in the job.
Available until 15th November 2021….
Comedy. When Roman lad Atti offends edgy Emperor Nero, he is drafted to fight in far-flung Britain where local Celt lass Orla itches to join Boudicca’s uprising against the occupying legions.
Four children dream of escaping the tedium of a summer holiday with their mother. When finally given permission to camp on their own on an island in the middle of a vast lake in the Lake District, they are overjoyed. But when they get there they discover they may not be alone. The battle for ownership of a lonely island teaches them the skills of survival, the value of friendship and the importance of holding your nerve.
Available until 16th November 2021….
Documentary looking at the life and times of Bill Shankly, Liverpool FC’s legendary Scottish manager. Gaining promotion from the old English second division, Shankly forged two great sides at Liverpool, winning numerous trophies along the way. A product of his working-class roots in Ayrshire, his career in management spanned a period when football was very much the people’s game.
The story everyone knows, in a language everyone understands, shown in a way never seen before by the award-winning Michael Nunn and William Trevitt.
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 until 20th November 2021….
Late 1950s France. Rachel, a young office worker, has a brief and passionate affair with Philippe. Despite the birth of a daughter, Chantal, Philippe refuses to marry below his bourgeois status. Rachel raises the child alone, but never gives up on the hope that Philippe will acknowledge that he is the father.
Available til late 2021….
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 Truth (2019) (Available until December 2021)
The daughter of a famous French actress visits her mother from America, troubled by the star’s memoir being far from truthful. Joining her on set, while she is filming the role of an aged child whose mother never grows old, offers a surreal parallel to their simmering resentments.
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 Spy Gone North (2018) (Available until February 2022)
In 1993, Park Seok-young, an army major in South Korean military intelligence, is assigned a mission to determine whether the North Koreans are adhering to their commitment to cease developing nuclear weapons. Based in Beijing, Park disguises himself as a businessman, desperate to trade with North Korea, and soon reaches the attention of Lee Myng-woon, a high-ranking North Korean official.
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.
Debbie Tucker Green’s personal, poetical and powerful examination of the black experience by UK and US individuals as they navigate their way through today’s society. The film is based on Tucker Green’s successful play of the same name at the Royal Court Theatre and offers a critical perspective on how young black people are influenced by the actions of their contemporaries and forebears.
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.
Crossfire (1947) (Available until October 2022)
Stark, claustrophobic thriller about an anti-Semitic soldier who kills a Jewish war veteran, evading detection by dint of his loyal friends’ protection. But a detective is determined that the crime will not go unsolved and sets about laying a trap for the murderer. Based on the novel ‘The Brick Foxhole’ by Richard Brooks.
A Woman’s Secret (1949) (Available until October 2022)
Drama directed by Nicholas Ray. A singer grooms a talented youngster for success, only to confess to the murder when her protege is found shot dead.
Effie Gray (2014) (Available until October 2022)
When young Effie Gray becomes the wife of John Ruskin, one of the most distinguished writers and critics of the day, who has known her since her childhood, it soon becomes apparent that Ruskin regards her as a muse rather than a wife, and the stifling atmosphere of their home and Ruskin’s overbearing wealthy parents soon take a toll on Effie’s health.
The Mother (2004) (Available until October 2022)
Drama about a widow who goes to stay with her grown up son and daughter. As she begins to come to terms with the past, she embarks on a startling new relationship with her daughter’s boyfriend, which causes havoc in the family.
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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