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

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

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

 

– denotes all new movies this week!

 

Not much new on iPlayer this week (the Beeb clearly still having a rest after that HUGE Christmas update!) If you need something to keep young ones entertained, Kung Fu Panda is new, as is the documentary Whitney: Can I Be Me. Otherwise, you might as well keep feasting on the remaining Christmas additions; there’s not a turkey to be found…. 

 

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Eric, Ernie and Me (2017) 

For over a decade, the Liverpudlian ex-market stall trader Eddie Braben penned Morecambe and Wise’s material, reshaping the double act into the Eric and Ernie that the nation took to its heart. But it wasn’t all sunshine. This comedy-drama follows the story of how The Golden Triangle was formed and celebrates the man behind Morecambe and Wise’s greatest successes.

BBC iPlayer – Eric, Ernie and Me 

Crazy Rich Asians (2018) 

New Yorker Rachel Chu accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young, to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. Not only is he the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families, but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother taking aim. It soon becomes clear that the only thing crazier than love is family.

BBC iPlayer – Crazy Rich Asians 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Great Expectations (2012) 

The Battle of the River Plate (1956) 

Second World War naval adventure based on the true story of the pursuit of the seemingly unstoppable German battleship Graf Spee. Allied forces chase the vessel all the way to South America, but, after several failed attempts to sink the enemy ship, the Allies find themselves hatching a desperate and audacious plan.

BBC iPlayer – The Battle of the River Plate 

The Heroes of Telemark (1956) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Heroes of Telemark 

 

Available until 22nd January 2022….

Last Christmas (2019) 

Aspiring singer Kate works as an elf at a year-round Christmas shop in Covent Garden and is sofa-surfing rather than facing her overpowering Croatian mother. After an unsuccessful audition, she meets Tom, a young man who charms her with his unusual observations. Tom begins to have a life-changing influence over Kate’s cynical attitude to the world.

BBC iPlayer – Last Christmas

Hector (2020) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Hector 

To Catch a Thief (1955) 

Romantic mystery. 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.

BBC iPlayer – To Catch a Thief

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.

BBC iPlayer – North by Northwest

Kung Fu Panda (2008)

Computer-animated comedy. Po the panda is overweight and works in his father’s noodle bar, but dreams of being a great kung fu warrior like his heroes, the Furious Five. When Master Oogway announces he is going to select the next Dragon Warrior to fight the evil Tai Lung, Po is desperate to be there to watch the historic ceremony. But to his and everyone else’s surprise, Po finds out that the next Dragon Warrior is him. Master Shifu and the Furious Five, despite their misgivings, must prepare Po for his destiny – and the fight of his life.

BBC iPlayer – Kung Fu Panda

 

Available until 23rd January 2022….

Amazing Grace (2019) 

The never-before-seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace. Crafted from footage originally captured in 1972.

BBC iPlayer – Amazing Grace

Casablanca (1942) 

Classic romantic drama. Rick’s Cafe is a centre for criminals, refugees, resistance fighters and Nazis. Its cynical owner takes risks for no-one – until the arrival of Ilsa.

BBC iPlayer – Casablanca 

The Secret Life of Pets 2 (2018) 

The lives of Max and Duke are turned upside when their owner Katie meets and marries Chuck. With the new arrival of their baby son Liam, Max is initially disapproving but grows to love the boy. His tendency to be overprotective is challenged by a visit to Chuck’s uncle’s farm, where sheepdog Rooster teaches Max some valuable lessons.

BBC iPlayer – The Secret Life of Pets 2 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Meet Me in St Louis

Mary Poppins Returns (2019) 

Michael Banks lives in his childhood home with his three children, Annabel, John and George, after the death of his wife. Having taken a loan from his employer, Michael has fallen behind on the payments and is told that his house will be repossessed. Just as all seems lost, Mary Poppins arrives to look after the children and bring some much-needed musical magic to all of their lives.

BBC iPlayer – Mary Poppins Returns

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938) 

When King Richard the Lionheart leaves to fight in the crusades, his evil brother Prince John, with the help of Sir Guy of Gisbourne, plots to usurp the throne. Only the outlaw Sir Robin of Locksley, known as Robin Hood, and his band of men of Sherwood Forest are left to defend the realm against John and his Norman aggressors.

BBC iPlayer – The Adventures of Robin Hood

 

Available until 24th January 2022….

Ophelia (2018) 

The motherless Ophelia is picked out by Queen Gertrude and taken on as a lady- in-waiting. Never losing her independent spirit, she catches the eye of young prince Hamlet, but their love seems doomed as the king’s brother Claudius sets his eye on the throne of Denmark.

BBC iPlayer – Ophelia

Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out (1992) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit: A Grand Day Out

Dolittle (2020) 

A doctor with a special talent for talking to animals is called upon to embark on an important quest. Joined by a young apprentice and a crew of eccentric animal friends, he must set off to find a legendary island where the healing Eden Tree grows.

BBC iPlayer – Dolittle

Their Finest (2016) 

With the country’s morale at stake in London during the Blitz, Catrin, an untried screenwriter from Ebbw Vale, and a makeshift cast and crew work under fire to make a film to lift the nation’s spirits – and inspire America to join the war. Leading the cast is the self-absorbed actor Ambrose Hilliard, who is persuaded to coach the handsome young American hero who has been ‘parachuted’ into the acting profession – but that will only be when the script is produced.

BBC iPlayer – Their Finest

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.

BBC iPlayer – Shaun the Sheep: The Movie

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.

BBC iPlayer – Singin in the Rain

Some Like it Hot (1959) 

In 1929, musicians Joe and Jerry accidentally witness the St Valentine’s Day massacre. The boys decide to make a getaway by joining a jazz band heading for Florida. There’s just one problem – it’s an all-girl group.

BBC iPlayer – Some Like It Hot

Paddington (2014) 

Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington station, a young Peruvian bear is befriended by the Brown family who offer him a temporary haven while he attempts to find the explorer whose visit to Peru many years previously has taught him all he knows about the English.

BBC iPlayer – Paddington

 

Available until 25th January 2022….

Moonstruck (1987) 

Loretta Castorini is a dowdy widow, engaged to the timid Johnny Cammareri. In Johnny’s absence, she tries to mend the bad blood between him and his brother Ronny, but instead finds herself falling head over heels in love with the passionate young man.

BBC iPlayer – Moonstruck

The Accountant (2016) 

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

BBC iPlayer – The Accountant

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.

BBC iPlayer – Mr Holmes

A Star is Born (1954) 

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

BBC iPlayer – A Star Is Born (1954)

Calamity Jane (1953) 

Calamity Jane is the roughest, toughest gal in the town of Deadwood, and only ‘Wild Bill’ Hickok is man enough to discover the lady underneath the tough talk and gun belts.

BBC iPlayer – Calamity Jane

West Side Story (1961) 

The tensions between rival gangs the Jets, whose members include ‘white’ Americans, and a Puerto Rican gang, the Sharks, reach boiling point in a hot New York summer. At a neighbourhood dance, Tony, the co-founder of the Jets, meets Maria, the sister of Bernardo, the leader of the Sharks. Their romance is thwarted by the gang rivalries.

BBC iPlayer – West Side Story

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.

BBC iPlayer – Paddington 2

Professor Branestawm (2014) 

Armed with a multitude of crazy inventions, and alongside his eccentric allies Colonel Dedshott, Mrs Flittersnoop and young apprentice Connie, Branestawm, the original mad professor, takes on scheming businessman Mr Bullimore and officious local councillor Harold Haggerstone, to try to stop their plans to bulldoze his workshop to make way for a giant munitions factory right in the middle of town.

BBC iPlayer – Professor Branestawm – The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm

 

Available until 26th January 2022….

Blade Runner 2049 (2017) 

One of the new, compliant replicants, K, is tasked with tracking and ‘retiring’ runaway older models. But then a discovery he makes disturbs the authorities and disrupts his own sense of self. Seeking answers, he goes after the one person he suspects can help.

BBC iPlayer – Blade Runner 2049

Highlander (1986) 

In modern day New York, an immortal Scottish clansman fights to become the ultimate ruler of humanity.

BBC iPlayer – Highlander

When Harry Met Sally (1989) 

Can a man and a woman be friends without sex getting in the way? Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal find out in Rob Reiner and Nora Ephron’s classic romantic comedy.

BBC iPlayer – When Harry Met Sally

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.

BBC iPlayer – Witness for the Prosecution

Wallace and Gromit in 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.

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit in The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

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.

BBC iPlayer – Evil under the Sun

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.

BBC iPlayer – The BFG

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.

BBC iPlayer – Death on the Nile

 

Available until 27th January 2022….

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.

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit: A Matter of Loaf and Death 

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?

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit: A Close Shave

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Nuns Story

The First Great Train Robbery (1979) 

A stylish period thriller in which a gentleman crook and a master safe-cracker attempt the first moving train robbery – their target; a British Army payroll on its way to the Crimean War. Exciting story based on fact, with director Michael Crichton adapting his own novel.

BBC iPlayer – The First Great Train Robbery

A Dog’s Journey (2019) 

Bailey, an old St Bernard dog, lives happily with his owners, Ethan and Hannah. Their daughter-in-law Gloria is living with them and their baby granddaughter CJ after the death of their only son in a car crash. Bailey is aware of the tensions in the family, and as his soul prepares to leave this life for a new one, he promises Ethan that he will always be there to protect CJ.

BBC iPlayer – A Dogs Journey

Murder on the Orient Express (1974) 

Returning to England from Istanbul on the Orient Express, Hercule Poirot is asked to investigate a murder.

BBC iPlayer – Murder on the Orient Express

 

Available until 28th January 2022….

Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers (1993) 

Oscar-winning animated adventure featuring Wallace and Gromit. The duo are plunged into a hilarious tale of skulduggery involving an extraordinary pair of automated trousers and a villainous penguin. Featuring Peter Sallis as the voice of Wallace.

BBC iPlayer – Wallace and Gromit: The Wrong Trousers 

A Star is Born (2018) 

Nightclub singer Ally meets country star Jackson Maine by chance, and the minute he sees her perform it’s love at first sight. Jackson helps Ally reach the international audience she deserves, and they make a great team, but Jackson’s alcoholism threatens to derail everything. Jackson begins to feel he’s just holding Ally back, but their love remains strong throughout.

BBC iPlayer – A Star Is Born

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.

BBC iPlayer – Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie

Dunkirk (1958) 

In 1940, more than 338,000 men were taken off Dunkirk beach in an operation that became a legend. This epic film recreates the event.

BBC iPlayer – Dunkirk

Missing Link (2019) 

Seeking a discovery to make his mark, a Victorian adventurer instead encounters a creature in the northwest of America that needs his help. However, a hunter hired to thwart them pursues the pair around the world.

BBC iPlayer – Missing Link

Reach for the Sky (1956) 

Classic British biopic about the heroic life of Douglas Bader, who became a World War II ace after losing both legs in an air crash. With both legs amputated, Bader pushes himself through the pain barrier to accustom himself to his artificial limbs. Determined to get his life completely back to normal, he makes it his goal to be back in the pilot’s seat.

BBC iPlayer – Reach for the Sky

Shadowlands (1993) 

Romantic drama. 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.

BBC iPlayer – Shadowlands

The Remains of the Day (1993) 

Mr Stevens is butler to Lord Darlington, who in the years leading up to the Second World War had great sympathy with Germany and hoped to retain the peace between Britain and the Nazis. Overseeing the running of the great house, Stevens is joined by housekeeper Miss Kenton. In postwar Britain, Stevens gets a letter from Miss Kenton and decides to seek her out. From the Booker Prize-winning novel by Kazuo Ishiguro.

BBC iPlayer – The Remains of the Day

 

Available until 29th January 2022….

Horrible Histories: The Movie (2019) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Horrible Histories: The Movie

Judy (2019) 

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

BBC iPlayer – Judy

Ready Player One (2018) 

In the year 2045, the world is a harsh place. Teenager Wade escapes real life by immersing himself in a virtual realm called the Oasis. Its eccentric creator left clues that can be used to claim ownership of the Oasis, but a ruthless corporation is after them too.

BBC iPlayer – Ready Player One

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (2018) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

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.

BBC iPlayer – Jane Eyre

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.

BBC iPlayer – Tea with Mussolini

Nothing Like a Dame (2018) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Nothing Like a Dame

Dad’s Army (1971) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Dads Army

 

Available until 30th January 2022….

The Aftermath (2019) 

Rachael Morgan arrives in the ruins of Hamburg in the bitter winter of 1946 to be reunited with her husband, Lewis, a British colonel charged with rebuilding the shattered city. As they set off for their new home, Rachael is stunned to discover that Lewis has made an unexpected decision: they will be sharing the grand house with its previous owners, a German widower and his troubled daughter. In this charged atmosphere, enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

BBC iPlayer – The Aftermath

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 counseling keep the couple together?

BBC iPlayer – I Give It a Year

The BFG (1989) 

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?

BBC iPlayer – Am B.F.G./The BFG

Porridge (1979) 

Comedy. 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.

BBC iPlayer – Porridge

 

Available until 31st January 2022….

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.

BBC iPlayer – Man Up

A Town Like Alice (1956) 

During the Japanese advance in Malaya, a group of civilians is taken prisoner and forced to embark on a gruelling trek through the jungle.

BBC iPlayer – A Town Like Alice

The Ipcress File (1965) 

Spy thriller in which intelligence agent Harry Palmer is plunged into the shabby and treacherous world of counter-espionage as he uncovers a bizarre brain drain among scientists. Based on the novel by Len Deighton.

BBC iPlayer – The Ipcress File

The Eagle Has Landed (1976) 

All-action World War II adventure. On the morning of 6 November 1943, the military authorities in Berlin received 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?

BBC iPlayer – The Eagle Has Landed

Whitney: Can I Be Me? (2017)

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. Even though Whitney had made millions of dollars, had more consecutive number ones than The Beatles and became recognised as having one of the greatest voices of all time, she still wasn’t free to be herself and died at the age of 48. Made with largely never-before-seen footage and exclusive live recordings, Whitney: Can I Be Me tells Whitney Houston’s incredible and poignant life story with insights from those closest to her

BBC iPlayer – Whitney: Can I Be Me?

Mum’s List (2016)

The true story of Singe and Kate, a devoted married couple with two children whose lives are turned upside down when Kate becomes ill with terminal cancer. After Kate’s passing, Singe is left with a list she compiled for him during her final days – a list of important things to help her beloved husband create the best life possible for their two sons.

BBC iPlayer – Mums List

 

Available until 1st February 2022….

Mary Queen of Scots (2018) 

Young Catholic widow Mary Stuart returns to Scotland from France in 1561 determined to rule. But intolerant nobles seek to control her, and her older cousin Queen Elizabeth’s sympathies are torn.

BBC iPlayer – Mary Queen of Scots

The Railway Children (1970) 

When their father is mysteriously arrested in 1904, 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.

BBC iPlayer – The Railway Children

Odette (1950) 

The stirring true story of a courageous Frenchwoman who returned to her occupied homeland to spy for the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War.

BBC iPlayer – Odette

The Wooden Horse (1950) 

In camp Stalag Luft III, the Nazis have built the prisoners’ huts so far from the fence that underground escape is virtually impossible. One British officer, inspired by the tale of the Trojan Horse, proposes a daring plan to start a tunnel close to the boundary using a wooden vaulting horse as cover.

BBC iPlayer – The Wooden Horse

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.

BBC iPlayer – Operation Crossbow

 

Available until 4th February 2022….

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

In late 18th-century Brittany, painter Marianne is commissioned by an affluent countess to paint a portrait of her sheltered daughter Héloïse so that she can be appraised by a prospective suitor in Milan. A previous attempt couldn’t be completed as Héloïse refused to pose for the artist, so Marianne has to finish the portrait in secret by pretending to be a companion for Héloïse, who is unhappy at the prospect of marriage to a stranger.

BBC iPlayer – Portrait of a Lady on Fire

The Windermere Children (2020) 

August, 1945. A coachload of children arrive at the Calgarth Estate by Lake Windermere. They are child survivors of the Nazi Holocaust that has devastated Europe’s Jewish population. Carrying only the clothes they wear and a few meagre possessions, they bear the emotional and physical scars of all they have suffered.

BBC iPlayer – The Windermere Children

 

Available until 5th February 2022….

In The Heart of the Sea (2015) 

In the winter of 1820, a New England whaling vessel, the Essex, encounters a whale of mammoth size and will, and an almost human sense of vengeance. In the harrowing aftermath, the ship’s surviving crew are pushed to their limits and forced to do the unthinkable to stay alive.

BBC iPlayer – In the Heart of the Sea

 

Available until 6th February 2022….

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.

BBC iPlayer – Viva Las Vegas

Young Adult (2011) 

Mavis Gary, a self-centred writer of young adult fiction who lives a life of drunken nights and one-night stands in Minneapolis, receives an email from an old flame in her hometown. Deciding that he must have sent it to her as a sign that he is trapped in a boring life and wants to see her, Mavis resolves to head back to her hometown to relive past glories and win him back. But everyone else in Mercury, Minnesota, has moved on – kind of.

BBC iPlayer – Young Adult

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.

BBC iPlayer – How the West Was Won

 

Available until 7th February 2022….

After The Storm (2016) 

Author turned private detective Ryota struggles to make ends meet as he flitters away all the money he earns on gambling, barely able to pay child support for his son. After his father passes away, his mother seems to have moved on, but family tensions are high with both Ryota and his sister believing the other is taking advantage of their mother. When a typhoon hits, Ryota, holed up in his mother’s house with his estranged wife and son, attempts to rekindle his relationships with his family.

BBC iPlayer – After the Storm

Midnight Special (2016) 

Human drama with a fantastical edge. On the run with his son, Roy attempts to protect him – but the forces pursuing them, and those luring the gifted boy on, prove dangerously powerful.

BBC iPlayer – Midnight Special

 

Available until 8th February 2022….

The Sisters Brothers (2018) 

Eli and Charlie Sisters, the most feared and ruthless gunslingers in Oregon, are sent down the Pacific Northwest coast on the hunt for a prospector called Hermann Kermit Warm. First, they have to find his secret, then they have to kill him.

BBC iPlayer – The Sisters Brothers

Life on the Line (2015) 

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…

BBC iPlayer – Life on the Line

 

Available until 13th February 2022….

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.

BBC iPlayer – Paint Your Wagon

 

Available until 14th February 2022….

The Angels’ Share (2020)

Bittersweet comedy about a Scottish boy locked in a family feud who just wants a way out. 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…

BBC iPlayer – The Angels Share

Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story (2018)

Based on the autobiography of Cuban ballet superstar Carlos Acosta. Young Carlos is a happy-go-lucky street urchin until his truck-driving father determines that he is to audition for the Havana State Ballet school.

BBC iPlayer – Yuli: The Carlos Acosta Story

 

Available until 15th February 2022….

Tulip Fever (2017)

In 18th-century Amsterdam, at the height of tulip mania, a young artist is hired to paint the portrait of a wealthy merchant and his wife.

BBC iPlayer – Tulip Fever

End of Watch (2012)

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.

BBC iPlayer – End of Watch

 

Available til late 2021….

Yellow Canary (1943) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

Sylvia Scarlett (1935) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

Second Chance (1953) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Primrose Path (1940) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

Bachelor Knight (1947) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

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

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

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

Hotel Reserve (1944) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sus (2010) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

Amundsen (2019) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hector (2015) (Available until December 2021) 

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

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

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

When Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his 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…

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

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

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

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

The 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.

BBC iPlayer – The Truth

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jellyfish (2018) (Available until February 2022) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cat People (1942) (Available until February 2022) 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Plank (1967) (Available until February 2022)

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

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

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

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

The 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.

BBC iPlayer – The Keeper

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Spy Gone North

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

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

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

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.

BBC iPlayer – Destroyer

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000w0pc/a-farewell-to-arms

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.

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

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.

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

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. 

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

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00dvqpy/masked-and-anonymous 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00780g1/tycoon

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000x2lk/together 

Let The Right One In (2008) (Available until June 2022) 

Lonely Oskar, bullied at school and with separated parents, plays alone in the courtyard outside his house and enacts his secret fantasies of revenge. When a strange but fascinating girl named Eli moves in next door, the two form a bond, and she encourages him to stand up to his tormentors. But Eli has some dark and troubling secrets of her own.

BBC iPlayer – Let the Right One In

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0074swy/letter-from-an-unknown-woman 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00780f5/double-dynamite

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p09lk76z/rosie 

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00zp6cd/the-outlaw

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.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000xwhx/every-day

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?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000xwn2/everything-everything

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.

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

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.

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

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’.

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

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

The Spanish Main (1945) (Available until July 2022)

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

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

Angel Face (1952) (Available until July 2022)

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

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

My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until July 2022)

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

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

Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (Available until 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.

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

Blackbeard the Pirate (1952) (Available until July 2022)

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

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

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until July 2022)

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

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

Wagon Master (1950) (Available until 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.

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

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”.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

BBC iPlayer – Blind Ambition 

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Wee Man 

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Peanut Butter Falcon 

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.

BBC iPlayer – Giant Little Ones

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.

BBC iPlayer – Equals

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.

BBC iPlayer – Eaten by Lions

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.

BBC iPlayer – Any One Of Us

Ear for Eye (2021) (Available until September 2022) 

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.

BBC iPlayer – ear for eye

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.

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

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.

BBC iPlayer – Crossfire

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.

BBC iPlayer – A Womans Secret

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.

BBC iPlayer – Effie Gray

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.

BBC iPlayer – The Mother

One Man and His Shoes (2020)  (Available until October 2022) 

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

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

Teen Spirit (2018)  (Available until October 2022) 

Shy teenager Violet lives a life of poverty on the Isle of Wight, working multiple jobs to try to help her mother keep their farm. When TV singing competition Teen Spirit begins holding auditions on the island, Violet sees a chance to fulfil her own dreams. But fearing her mother’s disapproval, she turns to a washed-up regular at her local pub for help.

BBC iPlayer – Teen Spirit

The Sun is Also a Star (2019)  (Available until October 2022) 

Natasha is a girl who believes in science and facts. Daniel is a boy who is going to be a doctor, but who would prefer to be a poet. Their lives collide when Daniel spots her at Grand Central Station, and he has a day to convince her that their meeting is fate, but this day is when Natasha has an interview with the immigration authorities.

BBC iPlayer – The Sun Is Also a Star

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (Available until November 2022)

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

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

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) (Available until November 2022)

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

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

Wildlife (2018) (Available until November 2022) 

In the early 1950s, 14-year-old Joe Brinson has moved with his mother and father to a small town in Montana. When his father unjustly loses his job at the local golf course, he decides to take up firefighting in the hills. His mother Jeanette feels abandoned and increasingly treats Joe as an adult, who soon has to learn some powerful and indelible life lessons.

BBC iPlayer – Wildlife

Man on the Moon (1999) (Available until November 2022) 

Star of Taxi and Saturday Night Live, Andy Kaufman was a troubled individual for whom the boundaries of reality and stage performance were often blurred. Frequently misunderstood, even by those closest to him, he remained a strictly maverick entertainer until his untimely death from lung cancer in 1984.

BBC iPlayer – Man on the Moon

Wonder Boys (2000) (Available until November 2022) 

Pittsburgh English Professor Grady Tripp cannot finish his latest novel. Nor can he handle his wife leaving, his girlfriend’s pregnancy announcement, the arrival of his editor or a strange talented student seeking mentorship – all in the same week

BBC iPlayer – Wonder Boys

A Simple Plan (1998) (Available until November 2022) 

Minnesota. Winter. Hank and Jacob Mitchell and their pal Lou find a downed single-engine plane buried in the snowy woods. Inside it is a decaying pilot and a bag carrying $4 million. The men decide to hide the money until spring when the snow has melted and the plane is found. But nothing goes as planned…

BBC iPlayer – A Simple Plan

Primary Colors (1998) (Available until November 2022) 

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

BBC iPlayer – Primary Colors 

The Relic (1997) (Available until November 2022) 

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. 

BBC iPlayer – The Relic

The Babadook (2014)  (Available until November 2022) 

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

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

Twelve Monkeys (1995) (Available until December 2022)

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.

BBC iPlayer – Twelve Monkeys

HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until December 2022) 

This film is the epic story of how we got to this strange place. It explains not only why these chaotic events are happening – but also why we, and our politicians, cannot understand them.

BBC iPlayer – HyperNormalisation

The Jackal (1997) (Available until December 2022)

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

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

Holiday Affair (1949) (Available until December 2022) 

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

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

The Gay Divorce (1934) (Available until December 2022)

Guy Holden comes to the rescue of a trapped damsel in distress in a crowded customs shed. More frustrating encounters follow until Mimi mistakes Guy for a professional correspondent in a Brighton hotel.

BBC iPlayer – The Gay Divorce

Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Available until December 2022) 

Classic screwball comedy about a madcap heiress who makes a shambles of an absent-minded palaeontologist’s life when she arrives on the scene complete with her pet leopard. The film’s rollercoaster plot formed the basis for 1972’s What’s Up, Doc? and is notable for Katharine Hepburn’s foray into zany comedy.

BBC iPlayer – Bringing Up Baby

Suspicion (1941) (Available until December 2022) 

Classic thriller in which a timid heiress becomes convinced that her husband is trying to kill her. After escaping from her oppressive parents, the woman meets and marries a fortune hunter. At first, her happiness prevents her from reflecting on his character, but when events take a sinister twist, she fears that his intentions are murderous.

BBC iPlayer – Suspicion 

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (Available until December 2022) 

In the second in John Ford’s cavalry trilogy, a US cavalry officer suffers a setback on his last mission and is ‘retired’ before he can take further action. To avert a full-scale war, he decides to act alone.

BBC iPlayer – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

Run (2019) (Available until December 2022) 

In the northern Scottish town of Fraserburgh, young men dream of escapism through late-night drag races. Finnie used to be one such lad, but now he works at the fish factory, and it’s his son’s turn to dream and race. Until one night when Finnie steals the boy’s car for one last joyride.

BBC iPlayer – Run 

Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (2020) (Available until December 2022) 

It’s Christmas Eve at Mossy Bottom Farm, but Shaun’s seasonal excitement turns to dismay when a farmhouse raid to get bigger stockings inadvertently leads to Timmy heading off to a Christmas market in the back of the farmer’s truck. Shaun mounts a rescue mission to the local town.

BBC iPlayer – Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas

The Decoy Bride (2011) (Available until December 2022) 

When the wedding of superstar Lara Tyler to tweedy English author James Arber is sabotaged by paparazzi, they decide to relocate the event to the one place where the world’s press won’t find them: the sleepy Scottish Island of Hegg. However, when their secret location is revealed, they devise a plan to use a decoy bride and think that local girl Katie will be perfect for the job. But when James meets Katie, tempers fray, dresses get ruined and love gets complicated. Can an ordinary girl fill the most famous shoes on the planet?

BBC iPlayer – The Decoy Bride

Rory’s Way (2019) (Available until December 2022) 

Rory MacNeil (Brian Cox) is an ageing Scotsman whose health is deteriorating, leading him to visit his estranged son Ian (JJ Feild) and family. Rory’s boorish manner initially fails to charm San Francisco’s citizens, but then a chance encounter leads to an unconventional relationship with beautiful museum curator Claudia (Rosanna Arquette), revealing Rory’s softer side.

BBC iPlayer – Rorys Way

El Cid (1961) (Available until January 2023) 

The epic story of the 11th-century Spanish hero Rodrigo Diaz de Bivar, better known as El Cid. Involved in a tempestuous marriage to the beautiful Chimene, Rodrigo plots against various royal factions to gain power after the death of King Ferdinand, but his greatest campaign is to rid Spain of its Moorish invaders. He drives the Moors to their last outpost – Valencia – for a tumultuous and decisive battle.

BBC iPlayer – El Cid

Wagon Master (1950) (Available until January 2023) 

Poetic story of a pioneering Mormon community. Forced out of Crystal City, a group of Mormons head westward in search of the promised land. The journey is treacherous, and two footloose horse traders are persuaded to ‘give the Lord a hand’ and guide them across the desert. On the trail, the wagon train encounters travelling entertainers, fugitive gunfighters and Native Americans.

BBC iPlayer – Wagon Master

 

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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