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 is a romantic comedy with a difference. The Big Sick, based on the real-life love story between comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon is well worth a watch, or if you’re in desperate need of a summer holiday, well then, there’s Cliff Richard in Summer Holiday!
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Disappearing soon … catch them while you can! (Available until 19th June 2021….)
Classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical. Curly McLain and his sullen rival Jud Fry vie for the affections of pretty Laurey Williams, while her friend Ado Annie Carnes has to choose between feisty Will Parker and the happy-go-lucky peddler who is passing through town. Both of them need to get past Ado Annie’s daddy.
Available until 20th June 2021….
The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Little seems to happen in the sleepy New England town of Eastwick, but that all changes when three women make a wish for a dynamic man to enter their lives.
Testament of Youth (2014)
In 1914, despite her father’s opposition, Vera Brittain is determined to attempt the entrance examination for Somerville College, Oxford to pursue her literary dreams. Her brother Edward supports her plan, as does his good friend Roland, who shares Vera’s passion for poetry. Hiding their love from their families, Vera and Roland’s plans of a future together is cruelly frustrated by the declaration of the First World War.
Available until 21st June 2021….
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society (2018)
In London, 1946, author Juliet Ashton’s career has taken off, but she is not enjoying promoting her detective stories to eager audiences on a book tour. When she receives a letter from a Guernsey pig farmer inviting her to attend a meeting of his literary society, she eagerly accepts. What Juliet discovers about her new friends and their secrets leads to her staying on the island much longer than she planned.
Virginia’s law against mixed race marriage makes criminal exiles of Richard and Mildred Loving in 1958. The risky return to their rural roots comes as civil rights lawyers take up the couple’s case, despite Richard’s misgivings.
Margin Call (2011)
Set on the eve of the 2008 economic collapse, a boardroom crisis ensues at an investment bank when one young analyst begins to raise questions about the company’s financial stability.
Available until 27th June 2021….
Don’t Look Back (1967)
DA Pennebaker’s classic film about Bob Dylan’s 1965 tour of Britain is an intimate portrait of the artist as a quite young and formidably intelligent man. Dylan chats with British impresarios and singers, but he proves adept at retaining his privacy. His music, which seemed enigmatic at the time, particularly to the British press, has the attraction of the greatest popular culture of our time.
Effie Grey (2014)
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.
Available until 28th June 2021….
Missing Link (2019)
Laika’s Oscar winning animation. Seeking a discovery to make his mark, a Victorian adventurer in the northwest of America instead encounters a creature that doesn’t exist, according to science.
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.
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.
20th Century Women (2016)
In Santa Barbara in 1979, 15-year-old Jamie lives with his single mother Dorothea in a shared house. Dorothea is concerned about the lack of a male role model for her impressionable son and persuades lodger Abbie and Jamie’s teenage friend Julie to give him some lessons in living life as it should be lived.
Olympic wrestler Mark is flattered by multimillionaire John du Pont’s invitation to build and lead a squad to compete in the 1988 Games in Seoul. However, eccentric John’s awkward attempts at hands-on involvement and desire to draw in Mark’s more famous brother Dave steer the trio towards a tragic outcome.
Available until 29th June 2021….
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.
Guys and Dolls (1955)
Lavish film version of the classic Broadway musical, based on Damon Runyon’s short stories. A gambler in need of cash bets he can make any girl go to Havana with him. But his pals pick a girl at the Save a Soul Mission in need of recruiting sinners to her cause. Includes songs such as Adelaide’s Lament and Sit Down, You’re Rocking the Boat.
Available until 30th June 2021….
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?
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (2017)
Story of the real-life romance between ageing Hollywood star Gloria Grahame and young Liverpudlian actor Peter Turner, whose family looked after Grahame when she became ill.
Available until 3rd July 2021….
My Week With Marilyn (2011)
It is 1956 and The Prince and the Showgirl is being made at Pinewood Studios in London, directed by and starring Laurence Olivier, who has recruited one of the biggest Hollywood stars of all time, Marilyn Monroe, to co-star with him. Colin Clark, a junior assistant on the production, is assigned the job of looking after Marilyn and keeps a journal about the week he spent with her. It proves to be a turbulent experience as Marilyn is going through marital problems with her husband and uses Colin as a much-needed sounding board for all her pent-up neurosis
Available until 4th July 2021….
A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Offbeat black comedy in which a con artist uses her female charms to steal a stash of jewels from her gangster boyfriend, taking advantage of his henchman and a lawyer – with whom she later falls in love – to realise her cunning plan. The group’s various criminal escapades are often complicated by the presence of a hapless mobster, whose mission to kill an elderly witness proves increasingly hard.
Thriller based on real events, dramatising cartoonist and author Robert Graysmith’s attempts to identify the so-called Zodiac killer, a serial murderer who terrorised San Francisco in the 1960s and 1970s and taunted police and journalists with letters offering clues to his identity. Graysmith, alongside crime reporter Paul Avery, becomes increasingly obsessed with the case and remains fixated long after the killings stop. To this day, the case remains unsolved.
Available until 5th July 2021….
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Baghdad 2004. A maverick member of a US military unit tackling IEDs and bomb disposal aggravates his team-mates. Powerful, Oscar and BAFTA-winning drama.
Three Summers (2017)
At Westival, a Western Australian folk festival, wholesome country fiddle player Keevey meets experimental theremin composer Roland and, despite being like chalk and cheese, the two fall in love. Over the course of three consecutive summers, their paths will keep crossing, as will those of the other regular festival goers.
Available until 6th July 2021….
The Damned United (2009)
The story of Brian Clough’s 44-day stint as manager of Leeds United FC in 1974. When Don Revie quit Leeds to become the England boss, the outspoken Clough took charge. Determined to impose his own style upon Revie’s tough-tackling team, Clough soon alienated his players and the board.
Available until 9th July 2021….
Paddington 2 (2017)
Paddington finds the perfect gift for Aunt Lucy’s birthday, but when the gift is stolen, he becomes the prime suspect, and it is up to the Browns to prove his innocence.
Available until 10th July 2021….
During the Japanese advance in Malaya, a group of civilians is taken prisoner and forced to embark on a gruelling trek through the jungle.
Available until 11th July 2021….
A big-time operator in Glasgow’s criminal underworld masterminds a daring bank robbery. However, his steps are dogged by a smart young police officer who also happens to be his son-in-law.
In 1950s London, temperamental top-flight dressmaker Reynolds Woodcock meets a new muse, Alma, and embarks on his usual, cyclical relationship style – but she is determined to disturb his routine.
Available until 12th July 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
Lively biopic telling the story of Great Train Robber Buster Edwards, a small-timer who fell in with more ambitious thieves. After the gang robs a London to Glasgow Royal Mail train in 1963, Edwards takes his family into hiding in Mexico but finds that money is no substitute for life back home.
A Northampton shoe factory is on the verge of closing down, unable to compete with cheap imports. The reluctant and desperate owner is inspired by an outrageous drag queen to switch production to saucy footwear for transvestites – to the despair of his fiancée and the shop floor.
To clear his debts and restore his lost honour, a rancher agrees to escort a dangerous criminal to trial for a paltry fee, beginning a risk-fuelled battle of wits.
Available until 13th July 2021….
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.
Don and his friends persuade their employer to lend them a London bus for their summer holiday. En route to the south of France, the boys run into some girls and offer them a lift to Athens. Then, they pick up an American boy who isn’t exactly what he seems but who is running away from an exploitative mother.
Based on the real love story of Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon. Struggling stand-up comic Kumail is a hit with heckler Emily, but their affair ends just before a mystery illness has her in a coma. Abruptly absorbed with her care and sparring parents, Kumail struggles with his own Muslim family and their expectations.
Available until 16th July 2021….
A humorous tale of ‘underemployed’ Scots Ronnie and Will, who live in the majestic city of Edinburgh. Tired of having no money and tempted by the untapped wealth of the international tourists who swarm through their city, Ronnie and Will hatch a plot to achieve fame and fortune.
Available til mid 2021….
The Blair Witch Project (1999) (Available until June 2021)
On the trail of a local legend about a witch, three student filmmakers ignore warnings from the locals and go into the Maryland woods for the weekend. Deep in the forest and miles from help, they learn the terrifying truth.
Love Affair (1939) (Available until June 2021)
A French playboy and an American former nightclub singer fall in love aboard a ship. They arrange to reunite six months later, after he has had a chance to earn a decent living.
Kitty Foyle (1940) (Available until June 2021)
A hard-working, white-collar girl from a middle-class family meets and falls in love with a young socialite, but she soon clashes with his family.
Citizen Kane (1941) (Available until June 2021)
Following the death of publishing tycoon Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; ‘Rosebud’.
Bringing Up Baby (1938) (Available until June 2021)
While trying to secure a $1 million donation for his museum, a befuddled palaeontologist is pursued by a flighty and often irritating heiress and her pet leopard, Baby.
Vivacious Lady (1938) (Available until June 2021)
A professor marries a nightclub singer, much to the consternation of his family and friends back home.
The Velvet Touch (1948) (Available until June 2021)
A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.
The Sky’s the Limit (1943) (Available until June 2021)
Flying Tiger Fred Atwell sneaks away from his famous squadron’s personal appearance tour and goes incognito for several days of leave. He quickly falls for photographer Joan Manion, pursuing her in the guise of a carefree drifter.
She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949) (Available until June 2021)
Captain Nathan Brittles, on the eve of retirement, takes out a last patrol to stop an impending massive Indian attack. Encumbered by women who must be evacuated, Brittles finds his mission imperilled.
King Kong (1933) (Available until June 2021)
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
The Spanish Main (1945) (Available until June 2021)
After being wronged by the Caribbean authorities, a Dutch captain turns pirate to wage war.
Angel Face (1952) (Available until June 2021)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.
My Favourite Wife (1940) (Available until June 2021)
Missing for seven years and presumed dead, a woman returns home on the day of her husband’s second marriage.
Mr Blandings Builds His Dream House (1948) (Available until June 2021)
A man and his wife decide they can afford to have a house in the country built to their specifications. It’s a lot more trouble than they think.
Blackbeard the Pirate (1952) (Available until June 2021)
Honest Edward Maynard finds himself serving as ship’s surgeon under the infamous pirate Blackbeard.
The Magnificent Ambersons (1942) (Available until June 2021)
The spoiled young heir to the decaying Amberson fortune comes between his widowed mother and the man she has always loved.
Wagon Master (1950) (Available until June 2021)
Two young drifters guide a Mormon wagon train to the San Juan Valley and encounter cut-throats, Indians, geography, and moral challenges on the journey.
Beautiful but Dangerous (1954) (Available until June 2021)
Lina, a music hall singer, has fallen in love with Sergei, a Russian prince. Maestro Doria, who gives her voice lessons and who hopes to make her his mistress, takes her to Paris where she becomes the star of the “Folies-Plastiques”.
Top Hat (1935) (Available until June 2021)
An American dancer comes to Britain and falls for a model whom he initially annoyed, but she mistakes him for his goofy producer.
Carefree (1938) (Available until June 2021)
A psychiatrist agrees to hypnotize his friend’s girlfriend in order to convince her to accept his proposals of marriage, but she ends up falling for the psychiatrist instead.
The Gay Divorce (1934) (Available until June 2021)
An American woman travels to England to seek a divorce from her absentee husband, where she meets – and falls for – a dashing performer.
Suspicion (1941) (Available until June 2021)
A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her.
Fort Apache (1948) (Available until June 2021)
At Fort Apache, an honourable and veteran war captain finds conflict when his regime is placed under the command of a young, glory hungry lieutenant colonel with no respect for the local Indian tribe.
The Miracle of the Bells (1948) (Available until June 2021)
Granting her final request, a Hollywood press agent brings the dead body of an actress, who died after making her first and only film, back to her home town for burial. To arouse public interest, and to get the reluctant studio head to release the film, he asks all the local churches to ring their bells for three days.
The Australian Dream (2020) (Available until July 2021)
The inspirational story of Indigenous Australian Football League (AFL) legend Adam Goodes. A deep and powerful story about race, identity and belonging, the film centres on an incident where a 13-year-old opposition supporter called Goodes an ape during a football match. The film unpicks the unfolding events from 2013 to 2015, raising fundamental questions about the nature of racism and discrimination in society today.
Morvern Callar (2004) (Available until July 2021)
Drama based on the novel by Alan Warner. Following the suicide of her boyfriend, supermarket worker Morvern Callar passes off his unpublished novel as her own and heads to Spain.
One Deadly Weekend in America (2017) (Available until July 2021)
Documentary showing the stories of several young people who were shot by friends, enemies, or law enforcement, and the aftermath that ensued.
The Odyssey (2020) (Available until July 2021)
Biographical drama following the life of biologist and adventurer Jacques Cousteau and his sometimes stormy relationship with his son Philippe, who followed in his father’s footsteps as an explorer and conservationist.
Any One Of Us (2020) (Available until August 2021)
When professional mountain biker Paul Basagoitia experiences a devastating spinal cord injury, his life is changed in an instant. Discovering that he’s become paralysed, Paul begins an intense physical and emotional journey to recover and adapt, initially living in the hope of one day being able to walk again as he once did. His excruciating recovery unfolds in real time through raw, intimate footage- much of which was filmed by Paul himself- as we see him wrestle with the agonies of an unpredictable journey and uncertain future.
Available til late 2021….
Adam Curtis – HyperNormalisation (2016) (Available until September 2021)
BBC Documentary, arguing that governments, financiers and technological utopians have given up on the real world due to its complexity, and have instead built a fake world they can control.
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.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001) (Available until November 2021)
Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft (until Alicia Vikander anyway), as the eponymous heroine of the classic video games races against time to find an ancient relic before the planets align for the first time in 5,000 years. Can she save the day? The sequel’s below so chances are, she might….
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) (Available until November 2021)
Angelina Jolie is Lara Croft, again. Lara discovers that the mythical Pandora’s Box is no myth, and must once again race against time to prevent an evil billionaire bio-weapons dealer from finding it and unleashing its plague onto the world. Can she save the day once more?
Balloon (2018) (Available until November 2021)
1979, Thuringen, East Germany. Like many of the country’s citizens, the Strelzyk family are desperate to escape to the west. Under the watchful eye of the Stasi and the fearsome lieutenant colonel Seidel, they pursue a plan so crazy that most of their neighbours would not believe it if they saw it. With the help of their friends the Wetzels, they try to cross the border in a homemade hot air balloon.
The Relic (1997) (Available until December 2021)
A container of findings from a Natural History Museum expedition in South America is sent to Chicago, and coincidentally a series of violent murders occurs soon after. Turns out it’s a lizard-like monster who’s eating people.
Primary Colors (1998) (Available until December 2021)
No red, blue or yellow in sight, this is actually John Travolta at a career best as Jack Stanton, a governor ruing an election campaign for President. Based on an anonymous insider novel on the 1992 Clinton campaign.
Man on the Moon (1999) (Available until December 2021)
Biopic on the life of idiosyncratic comedian Andy Kaufman, star of Taxi and self-declared Intergender Wrestling Champion of the world. A rare non-comedic performance from Jim Carrey.
A Simple Plan (1998) (Available until December 2021)
Directed by Sam Raimi (of The Evil Dead and the first Spider-Man trilogies), three blue collar workers in Minnesota randomly come across $4 million and hatch a plan to keep their haul from authorities
Wonder Boys (2000) (Available until December 2021)
Michael Douglas is Grady Tripp, an English Professor who tries to deal with his wife leaving him, the arrival of his editor who has been waiting for his book for seven years, and the various problems that his friends and associates involve him in.
Yellow Canary (1943) (Available until December 2021)
Wartime thriller set aboard a ship bound for Canada from Britain, in which an undercover agent is approached by a Nazi spy with a scheme to sabotage a British convoy in Nova Scotia.
Sylvia Scarlett (1935) (Available until December 2021)
Comedy drama in which a widowed, ne’er-do-well father on the run disguises his daughter as a boy to escape the law. They travel from France to England in a bid to start afresh and, during the journey, the pair make the acquaintance of a jewel thief.
Second Chance (1953) (Available until December 2021)
A disillusioned boxer and a gangster’s fugitive girlfriend meet in Mexico where they are trying to rebuild their lives. However, their growing romance is shadowed by a killer.
Anne of Green Gables (1934) (Available until December 2021)
Adaptation of LM Montgomery’s Canadian classic following the adventures of determined, imaginative optimist Anne Shirley. Middle-aged brother and sister Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert want some help on the farm, so they decide to adopt a boy. However, the orphanage sends them a girl by mistake.
Anne of Windy Poplars (1940) (Available until December 2021)
Sentimental drama about an ambitious young teacher who arrives in a small town to take the job of vice-principal. Based on one of L M Montgomery’s ‘Anne of Green Gables’ sequels.
Primrose Path (1940) (Available until December 2021)
Teenager Ellie May lives on the wrong side of the tracks with her family, and when she meets handsome beach café owner Ed, they quickly fall in love and get married. Ellie May tries to keep Ed from learning of her background and when he finally meets her family it causes a major strain on the relationship.
Bachelor Knight (1947) (Available until December 2021)
Comedy about a teacher (Cary Grant) whose playboy antics are curbed by a judge who insists that he romance a girl (Shirley Temple), until her crush on him wears off.
Holiday Affair (1949) (Available until December 2021)
Connie is a war widow devoted to her small son, Timmy. Carl is the solid man she intends to marry in order to achieve security. But Steve, a drifter in Christmastime New York, comes into their lives and proceeds to woo Connie through her little boy’s desire for a train set.
I Remember Mama (1948) (Available until December 2021)
Saga about a family of Norwegian immigrants struggling to get by in San Francisco at the turn of the century. At the heart of the penniless family is the warm, caring figure of the mother, Mama Hanson, who is surrounded by a variety of engaging and loveable relatives and friends.
Hotel Reserve (1944) (Available until December 2021)
An atmospheric thriller based in the south of France prior to the outbreak of World War II. While on holiday at the Hotel Reserve, an Austrian medical student is wrongly charged with espionage by the French police. Threatened with deportation, he is forced to embark on a search for the real spy among the hotel guests.
The Thing from Another World (1951) (Available until December 2021)
Scientists at a lonely Arctic outpost dig up an alien from the permafrost and face a desperate fight for their lives when it is accidentally thawed. Famously re-made in 1982 by John Carpenter as ‘The Thing’.
A Damsel in Distress (1937) (Available until December 2021)
Sparkling Gershwin musical-comedy. A dance star pursues an aristocratic heiress. Songs include Foggy Day in London Town, Nice Work If You Can Get It.
Twelve Monkeys (1995) (Available until December 2021)
A deadly virus, believed to be released by a group known as the Army of the Twelve Monkeys, wipes out almost all of humanity in 1996. In 2035, James Cole is sent back in time to find the original virus to find a cure. Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt lead this neo-noir science fiction cult favourite.
Sus (2010) (Available until December 2021)
It is election night, 1979. After his wife has been found dead, Delroy is brought in for what he believes will be casual police questioning. However, the racist DS Karn and his violent colleague DC Whilby carry out a rough and highly confrontational interrogation in which they try to force Delroy to confess to the crime.
Amundsen (2019) (Available until December 2021)
Inspired by a gift from his father when he was a child, Roald Amundsen became fascinated by the polar wildernesses. It was an obsession that drove to him explore both poles. He led the first expedition to the South Pole in 1911 as well as the first proven to have reached the North Pole, in a dirigible, in 1926. His achievements, however, came at a cost to both his family and his colleagues.
The Jackal (1997) (Available until December 2021)
Fictitious story based upon Carlos the Jackal, Bruce Willis stars as The Jackal, a master of disguise assassin hired to carry out a hit on a high profile American government target as retaliation for the US meddling in Russian business.
The Price of Gold (2014) (Available until December 2021)
Just weeks before the Olympics in 1994 at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, Nancy Kerrigan was injured by an unknown assailant. Tonya Harding’s ex-husband had plotted the attack with his misfit friends to eliminate Kerrigan from the competition. Twenty years later, The Price of Gold takes a fresh look at the scandal that elevated the popularity of professional figure skating with Harding still facing questions over what she knew when she knew it.
Whitney: Can I Be Me (2017) (Available until December 2021)
From acclaimed director Nick Broomfield comes a film about one of the greatest singers of all time. Whitney Houston was the epitome of superstar, an ‘American princess’ and the most awarded female artist ever.
Hector (2015) (Available until December 2021)
Every year, homeless Hector McAdam makes his journey from Glasgow to London in search of friendship and warmth at Christmas. Having lived on the sidelines for years, surviving the realities of homelessness by frequenting service stations the length and breadth of the UK, Hector makes his way to his temporary home of a shelter in London, where he can forget his dire situation for a day. However, this year, he decides to not only venture to visit his Christmas family but to seek out also the family he left behind 15 years ago.
The Angels’ Share (2012) (Available until December 2021)
When Robbie sneaks into the maternity hospital to visit his young girlfriend Leonie and hold his new-born son Luke for the first time, he is overwhelmed. He swears that Luke will not lead the same stricken life he has led. On community service Robbie meets Rhino, Albert and Mo for whom, like him, work is little more than a distant dream. Little did Robbie imagine that turning to drink might change their lives – not cheap fortified wine, but the best malt whiskies in the world. What will it be for Robbie? More violence and vendettas or a new future with ‘Uisge Beatha’, the ‘Water of Life’? Only the angels know…
A Lonely Place to Die (2011) (Available until December 2021)
A group of five mountaineers are hiking and climbing in the Scottish Highlands when they discover a young Serbian girl buried in a small chamber in the wilderness. They become caught up in a terrifying game of cat and mouse with the kidnappers as they try to get the girl to safety.
The Eichmann Show (2015) (Available until January 2022)
The behind-the-scenes true life story of ground-breaking producer Milton Fruchtman and blacklisted TV director Leo Hurwitz, who, overcoming enormous obstacles, set out to capture the testimony of one of the war’s most notorious Nazis, Adolf Eichmann. He is accused of executing the ‘final solution’ and organising the murder of six million Jews. This is the extraordinary story of how Eichmann’s trial came to be televised and the team that made it happen.
I Am Greta (2020) (Available until February 2022)
The story of teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg is told through compelling, never-before-seen footage in this intimate documentary about a young girl who has become the voice of a generation. Starting with her one-person school strike for climate justice outside the Swedish Parliament, the film follows Greta – a shy student with Asperger’s – as she rises to prominence, and her galvanising global impact as she sparks school strikes around the world.
Britt-Marie Was Here (2019) (Available until February 2022)
Discovering that her husband of 40 years has been cheating on her, Britt-Marie, at the age of 63, is faced with finding a new purpose in life. Accepting a supremely unglamorous job at a ramshackle youth centre in the backwater town of Borg, she reluctantly takes on the impossible task of coaching the children’s football team to victory.
Jellyfish (2018) (Available until February 2022)
Sarah Taylor’s hard life in Margate has turned her into a teenage terror. When her drama teacher helps her channel her ferocious wit into comedy, her life’s delicate balance is set on a collision course with her new passion. An unfiltered look at a young woman who, against all odds finds her voice in stand-up comedy.
Stan & Ollie (2018) (Available until February 2022)
Once the world’s most famous comedy double act, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy reunite for a variety hall tour of Britain in 1953. As they set out on their demanding schedule, with their wives back home in the US, Stan is distracted by his attempts to pin down the producer of their proposed comeback film and Ollie tries to heal a rift caused by a perceived professional betrayal.
The Gangster, the Cop, the Devil (2019) (Available until February 2022)
Jang, a non-conformist and cocky cop, realises there is a serial killer at large, randomly selecting his victims in the city. When one of those victims is Jung, a noted crime boss who manages to escape with his life, an unlikely coalition is formed to bring the perpetrator to justice, by fair means or foul.
Night of the Living Dead (1968) (Available until February 2022)
The classic low budget horror masterpiece from George A Romero, which spawned numerous imitations and parodies. A group of young people barricade themselves in an old farmhouse as the dead rise as zombies, hungry for their flesh.
Cat People (1942) (Available until February 2022)
Serbian Irena arrives in New York and meets Oliver. They soon fall in love and marry, but Irena fears she suffers from an ancient curse from her homeland that means they can never be intimate, or she might literally kill him.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944) (Available until February 2022)
Sequel to Cat People (so probably best to watch the above movie first!). Young Amy Reed makes an imaginary friend; her fathers dead first wife Irena.
I Walked With a Zombie (1943) (Available until February 2022)
Young Canadian nurse Betsy comes to the West Indies to care for the wife of a plantation manager in an offbeat zombie horror movie. From the director of aforementioned Cat People.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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