SUMMER has officially arrived – and while the sun is shining, there’s nothing more fun than streaming your favourite shows and topping up your tan!
Stuck for ideas while kicking back in your lounger? Don’t despair! We’ve lined up some of the best show that BBC iPlayer has to offer to get you through your week.
Here’s a round-up of the best shows to kick back to.
1. Little Mix The Search
Little Mix are on the search for a band to support them on tour[/caption]
Everybody’s favourite girl band are on the look out for a new band to support them during their upcoming Confetti Tour (2021).
Jesy Nelson, Perrie Edwards, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock star in the four-part series with the episodes airing at 72 minutes each.
Will they find who they’re looking for?
2. The Victim
The Victim first hit our screens in April 2019[/caption]
If your child was murdered would you ever forgive the culprit?
Well it looks like Anna Dean is out for revenge after she decides to release the identity of her son’s killer online 14 years later as a man called Craig Myers.
Which later sees her go on trial for attempted murder.
Anna’s actions completely taint Craig’s reputation as a dad and husband and he has to try and fix his life back together once again.
The sitcom first broadcast on BBC One in April 2019[/caption]
After inheriting a huge mansion, Alison and Mike think they’ve hit the jack pot when they move into their new home and decide to make a bit more cash by turning it into a hotel.
But little do they know that it’s haunted by loads of ghosts that try to scare them off of the property and one ghost in particular takes it too far when they push Alison out of the window…
4. Waterloo Road
Waterloo Road was a massive hit back in the day and fans were gutted when it got axed[/caption]
Despite ending five years ago, fans of the popular drama series can now rewatch all of the old school episodes from the very start – dating all the way back to 2006.
The programme follows the lives of those who attend Waterloo Road, and it is certainly jam packed full of drama both between the students and the teachers.
5. Some Girls
Some Girls first air in 2012 and has three seasons[/caption]
The show follows the story of a group of four 16-year-old best friends who are studying at school for their GCSES and A-Levels.
The gal pals – Viva, Amber, Holli and Saz – are doing their best to make sure they have the right balance between their education, friends and of course, boys.
Each series shows the progression of how they get on at school, while keeping up with football practice, looking after their siblings and experiencing their first sexual encounters.
Adelayo Adedayo, Mandeep Dhillon, Alice Felgate and Natasha Jonas are the protagonists in the show.
6. The Nest
The Nest premiered last month on BBC[/caption]
7. Noughts and Crosses
Noughts and Crosses is an adaptation of the acclaimed book by Malorie Blackman[/caption]
The BBC drama is an adaptation of the acclaimed books by Malorie Blackman and is set in dystopia where Africa has colonised the UK.
Against a background of prejudice, distrust and powerful rebellion mounting on the streets, a passionate romance builds between Sephy (Masali Baduza) and Callum (Jack Rowan), which leads them both into terrible danger.
Interracial relationships are forbidden in this nightmarish future, but that doesn’t stop a privileged cross from falling in love with working class nought against the odds.
8. Our Girl
Michelle Keegan is appearing in her last series of Our Girl[/caption]
Our Girl is an action-packed military drama series which first hit screens in March 2013.
A young working-class woman, Georgie, joins the British Army as she tries to get her life back on track.
The current fourth season is Michelle Keegan‘s last series on the show, after she took over from Lacey Turner as the lead at the beginning of series two.
9. Stacey Dooley Investigates
Stacey Dooley presents her series of hard-hitting documentaries[/caption]
A series of documentaries in which journalist Stacey Dooley investigates current affairs issues affecting young people around the world.
In her latest escapade, the former Strictly Come Dancing winner wanted to find out more about South Korea’s new sex crime, ‘molka’, where people are secretly filmed in their most intimate moments.
If you’re up for something factual and hard-hitting, look no further.
10. London Kills
BBC have another gritty drama in the form of London Kills[/caption]
London Kills follows the Metropolitan Police Murder Investigation Team as they tackle grisly cases across the capital, with each 45-minute episode featuring a different case.
The series follows on from London-based police procedural series Suspects, and aside from the cast, features a number of striking similarities.
There is a documentary-style feel to the program and an ad-lib script, giving way to authentic, nuanced performances.
11. The mysterious murder of Nipsey Hussle
A documentary looks into the life of the late Nipsey Hussle[/caption]
Ben Zand sets out to unravel the mystery of Nipsey Hussle’s murder. On the 31st of March 2019, the rapper and entrepreneur was shot dead.
In Los Angeles, Ben Zand meets those closest to Nipsey Hussle, and those who knew the alleged killer Eric Holder. He talks to childhood friends, new-age Black Panthers and a former police officer.
They don’t all agree on the reasons for anyone wanting Nipsey dead, but they do agree there is much more to the murder than the anyone is letting on.
12. Killing Eve
A British spy thriller series featuring Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer.
Oh plays Eve Polastri as a British intelligence investigator who has been tasked with taking down psychopathic assassin Villanelle.
As the chase progresses, both develop a mutual obsession with one another.
Winning a BAFTA for Best Drama series, this will have you hooked before you know it.
13. Gavin and Stacey
If you need comic relief then look no further than Gavin and Stacey for your fill of laughs.
This British sitcom starring James Corden and Ruth Jones tracks the romance between Gavin (Mathew Horne) and Stacey (Joanna Page).
Corden plays Smithy, Gavin’s best friend, while Jones plays Stacey’s best friend Nessa.
The show follows the key moments in the couple’s relationship with their first date, their families meeting, getting engaged, married, looking for new jobs, briefly splitting up and trying for children.
14. Louis Theroux
Louis Theroux, also know as Britain’s favourite documentary filmmaker, has charmed the nation with his sarcastic quips and insightful investigations.
His series includes talking to America’s most hated family, sex workers and the recently famous Tiger King that has everyone talking.
15. Line of Duty
DS Steve Arnott is transferred to the police anti-corruption unit after a counter terrorist operation leads to the accidental death of a man.
The death is a result of a mistake by another police officer, who ironically, has received the officer of the year award.
Is there more to his accolade than meets the eye?
16. The Honourable Woman
A woman who inherits her father’s arm business finds herself in an international storm as she tries to promote peace between Palestinians and Israelis.
Maggie Gyllenhaal is Ephra Stein, the Anglo-Jewish businesswoman who commits her life to the Middle-Eastern peace process.
Eight years after taking over her father’s company her business partner dies in a mysterious suicide, which sends her business and family into chaos.
If wizarding wonders are your cup of tea then this is the perfect series for you.
Colin Morgan plays Merlin, a young and powerful warlock who arrives in the kingdom of Camelot after his mother arranges for him to stay with the royal physician Gaius (Richard Wilson).
The current king outlawed magic 20 years earlier but Merlin keeps hearing voices, who tell him to protect the king’s son, who will bring back magic to the kingdom of Camelot.
Raza (Nabhaan Rizwan) is a first-generation British Pakistani who proves that being in the wrong place at the wrong time can have devastating consequences.
Raza is coerced into becoming an informant by a counterterrorism officer names Gabe (Paddy Considine) and finds himself at the centre of deadly investigations.
If you like action and tension aplenty, this one’s for you.
19. Years and Years
The six-part series follows a Manchester-based family called the Lyons living in a dystopia not so distant from our own world.
The story tracks the lives of the family as they deal with engagements, terrifying technological advancement and cut-throat career opportunities.
After one crucial night in 2019, the story jumps into the future and looks at Britain during the politically rocky decades to come.
Miranda Hart is the 6ft 1inch lady who gets herself into all sort of difficulties.
Miranda never fit in with her friends at boarding school and finds herself being relentlessly awkward in social situations.
She runs her own joke shop and boutique whilst juggling all that life has to throw at her in this feel good sitcom full of slapstick humour and witty one-liners.
21. Normal People
The show is based on the novel of the same name by Sally Rooney.
The series follows the relationship between Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal), set in modern, rural Ireland, Connell and Marianne, on different ends of their school’s social scene, begin an intense, secret affair.
They navigate adulthood from their final days in secondary school to their undergraduate years in Trinity College.
22. Glow Up: Britain’s Next Make-Up Star
Hosted by Stacey Dooley, Glow Up returns for it’s second series as 10 aspiring make-up artists battle to be named Britain’s next make-up star.
Tested in a range of professional assignments, as well as with creative make-up transformations in Glow Up HQ, each week the two MUAs who least impress enter the Face Off elimination, with series judges Val Garland and Dominic Skinner deciding which one will go home.
The last MUA standing at the end of the series wins a contract assisting some of the world’s top make-artists.
23. The A Word
How will Joe manage still splitting time between his mum and dad?[/caption]
Now in series three, a lot has changed for the Hughes family as we join them two years on.
Joe is now 10 and dividing his time between his mum Alison and dad Paul, who are divorced and living 100 miles apart.
Writer Peter Bowker told the BBC: “It is a joy to be revisiting the world of The A Word, to move the story of the Hughes family on, and to have the opportunity to expand our celebration and examination of diversity and humanity in all its myriad forms.”
24. The Great British Sewing Bee
Who will become the next sewing champion?[/caption]
The Great British Sewing Bee is back, with 12 sewers competing this time.
Joe Lycett kicks off ten weeks of the most perplexing patterns, eye-popping transformations and stunning made-to-measure garments yet. Scrutinising every stitch are Saville Row’s Patrick Grant and Central Saint Martins’s Esme Young, testing the sewers across a huge range of garments from rugby shirts to children’s dungarees, flamenco skirts to a boned basque, via food fancy dress.
25. Charlie Brooker’s Antiviral Wipe
In this one-off special, Charlie Brooker returns to our screens for the first time since his Bafta-winning 2016 Wipe to take a look at life under lockdown.
As well as coverage of the crisis itself, Charlie also explores what the public have been watching to while away the hours.
Guest contributors joining him, from a safe distance, include the ever-insightful Philomena Cunk and Barry Shitpeas.
If nothing else, it will give you something to do for half an hour.
The series is adapted from the Giles Blunt books, which are set in the small fictional city of Algonquin Bay, in Northern Ontario, Canada.
The show stars Billy Campbell as the titular John Cardinal while Karine Vanasse plays his police partner – and potential love interest – Lise Delorme.
The fourth and final season is currently airing on BBC Two, with the previous three seasons also available to watch on iPlayer.
Billy has described the fourth series as “our most tense season” and revealed Lise could be in “mortal danger”.
27. Peter Kay’s Car Share
Peter Kay is one of the country’s best loved comedians, and he stars in this BAFTA-winning series alongside the equally funny Sian Gibson.
The sitcom follows John, a supermarket assistant manager, and Kayleigh, a promotions rep, as they car share on their way to and from work each day.
As well as their humorous chitchat, laughs can also be found courtesy of fictional radio station Forever FM which is on in the car, plus billboards and adverts on vans which are littered with puns and innuendos.
There are two series and two specials available so plenty of laughs to be had.
28. The Salisbury Poisonings
This three-part drama is based on the events of March 2018, when Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found slumped and foaming at the mouth on a bench in the Wiltshire cathedral city.
The pair had been poisoned with the deadly nerve agent Novichok and the drama focuses the lens on the way the local community and health officials responded in the days and weeks afterwards.
Anne-Marie Duff plays Tracy Daszkiewicz, the director of public health for Wiltshire, and Rafe Spall as DS Nick Bailey, who was one of the first to respond to the attack.
29. My Family
If you’re in the mood for a classic British sitcom, look no further than My Family, which aired from 2000 to 2011.
Starring Robert Lindsay and Zoe Wanamaker, My Family followed the exploits of the Harper clan across 11 series.
The series also starred Kris Marshall and featured numerous guest stars including Pauline Quirke, John Barrowman and Ainsley Harriott.
30. Doctor Foster
This thriller had the nation gripped when it first aired back in 2015.
Suranne Jones stars as the titular character, who is convinced her husband is having an affair.
Her fixation on it causes her life to unravel, with the second series following on from the aftermath of the dramatic season one finale.
The stellar cast also includes Jodie Comer before her Killing Eve glory.
If you like a drama that leaves you on the edge of your seat, this is one for you.
31. I May Destroy You
Michaela Coel’s gritty drama exploring sexual abuse has been widely praised for its frank, realistic portrayals.
As well as penning the script Michaela, 32, plays Annabelle, a writer whom suffers sexual abuse.
Based on a real-life story, this is a must-watch.
32. The Secrets She Keeps
This six-part thriller will keep viewers on the edge of their seats as they follow the lives of pregnant Meghan and Aggie.
Well, vlogger Meghan is actually expecting, while Aggie is merely pretending.
Discover the real reason for the shelf-stacker’s deception in a plot set to take dark turns.
33. The Luminaires
The show is an adaption of Eleanor Catton’s Man Booker Prize winning novel of the same name.
The synopsis reads: “The Luminaries tells an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women travelled across the world to make their fortunes.
“It is a 19th century tale of adventure and mystery, set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush.
“The story follows defiant young adventurer Anna Wetherell, who has sailed from Britain to New Zealand to begin a new life.”
34. My Jihad
This BBC iPlayer drama is a mini-series of three, 15-minute films.
It features Fahmida and Nazir who meet at an unsuccessful muslim speed-dating evening.
The plot crams in heart-warming wit and romance and centres on the development of events one month later from the event
Sadly this year’s tent-filled, often soaking wet, outdoor music festival was not to be courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic.
Yet the BBC’s iPlayer has saved the day with its epic offering of previous performers and performances, including those from Adele, Coldplay and the Killers.
David Bowie’s set will also be broadcast in full for the first time ever.
This Hulu original comedy about struggling journalist Annie sees a woman no longer playing down to expectations of being fat – she vows to love herself, whether or not her hook-ups, colleagues and family feel the same.
In the first episode Annie signs up to an exercise class where the teacher tells her there is “a small person inside there” and “you could be so pretty”.
Annie also has a boyfriend who makes her leave out the back door so she doesn’t meet his friends.
When Annie learns she’s pregnant by the loser, her friend Fran persuades her to raise her own low expectations for herself and stop playing down to society’s expectations of her as a fat woman.
37. A Suitable Boy
Based on the novel by Vikram Seth set in 1951, A Suitable Boy is an Indian family saga that delves into newly independent India, where passionate literature student Lata Mehra is torn between family duty and the promise of romance – as three very different men try to win her heart.
It is the first Indian period drama of its kind in British TV history, and “a zesty new drama with a slight hint of cheese,” according to Carol Midgley of The Times.
Lata’s mother Rupa has her sights set on her spirited younger daughter, but Lata wants to make her own way in the world. She isn’t interested in romance. But her resolve is challenged when she starts to fall for a mysterious fellow student, Kabir Durrani.
One of the first binge-worthy shows before the dawn of Netflix has made a comeback on the BBC iPlayer.
All four series of Heroes is now available to watch, taking fans back to the lives of the characters across the world dealing with the newly discovered superpowers they possess.
The show, about a group of people who discover their individual abilities, centres on a man who paints pictures of the future, a woman who sees a different side of herself in the mirror, a teenage cheerleader whose every injury heals itself, a Tokyo office worker who thinks he can travel through time and space and a man running for congress in New York, whose younger brother believes he can fly.
This very new, very real-time sitcom follows the hapless Stuart as he struggles through the worst half hour of his life.
Each 30 minute episode of Semi-Detached plays out in real time and is exactly like 24 – except viewers are following loser DJ Stu (Lee Mack) around and not a government agent who saves the world.
Following a one off episode broadcast last year as part of BBC Two’s series of New on Two comedy pilots, Semi-Detached has been turned into a full series.
But only the pilot is currently available on iPlayer.
It should be enough to coax fans over to BBC Two where they can watch the new series, with Stu dealing with a sexually promiscuous father, a daughter with a newly shaved head and the surprise return of his errant brother, who is on the run from some very unsavoury types.
In July 2005, black teenager Anthony Walker was murdered by two white men in an unprovoked racist attack in a Liverpool park. He was just 18 years old.
This film tells the story of how a talented young man’s life might have turned out if he had been allowed to live. Written by Bafta-winning screenwriter Jimmy McGovern, Anthony’s imagined life is told in reverse chronology as we see him realise his dreams and enjoy the life he had a right to live, before fate – and hate – take it all away.
41. Strike: Lethal White
Strike: Lethal White is a four-part BBC mini series and adaptation of a JK Rowling book, written under the name Robert Galbraith.
It sees detective Cormoran Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott mix politics with criminality, as the latter goes undercover both in the Houses of Parliament and a left wing anarchist group.
With just four episodes, it doesn’t require much commitment either.
The Doctor Foster spin-off tracks Gemma Foster’s best pal Anna as she moves to Manchester and changes her name to Bella, following her divorce.
The trailer features Gavin and Stacey legend as 70-yer-old Gail and they are joined by a host of other characters living together in the same house, converted into four separate properties.
It’s penned by Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett, so should be fantastic, and it’s available in autumn.
Get ready for this racy BBC drama shedding light on the 18th Century sex trade.
The BBC series is delivered from the female point of view and while it features very saucy segments, it’s true to history too.
Lesley Manville, who played Lydia Quigley in the series that first aired on Hulu, told The Sun’s TV Mag: “The story is investing in the women and the stories and their lives and characters – you see the characters talking about their sexual experiences, you always feel like there’s a third eye.
This is a cutting edge sketch show revealing the best in Black comedic talent.
While bound to bring a smile to your face, it also tackles serious subjects through the art form, such as postcode wars.
The show’s third season has just aired on BBC Three.
45. Good Trouble
This US based series is a spin-off of The Fosters.
Viewers will follow adopted sisters Callie and Mariana as they move to LA for a new life in sun-soaked climes.
It’s a feel-good coming of age drama complete with all the twists and turns of young adult life.
46. Battlestar Galactica
Living on the planet Caprica, humans made the Cylons – AI robots essentially – but they evolved, they rebelled, and they won.
The last of human kind has fled into deep space on Battlestar Galactica, their destination is the fabled 13th Colony of Earth, founded by a tribe said to have left the human origin planet of Kobol.
Now humanity’s last hope is a desperate search for a place called Earth. The complete sci-fi epic.
47. What we do in the Shadows
Based on the film of the same name, this mockumentary follows three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years, in Staten Island.
Nandor, Laszlo, and Nadja are all traditional sorts of vampire – i.e the blood sucking variety, and Colin Robinson, an energy vampire. There’s also Guillermo, Nandor’s familiar.
The series revolves around the centuries-old vampires interacting with the modern world and other supernatural beings.
48. The Shining
Just in time for Halloween, this Stephen King and Stanley Kubrick classic film will provide all the screams as Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) becomes winter caretaker at the isolated Overlook Hotel in Colorado, hoping to cure his writer’s block.
He settles in along with his wife, Wendy (Shelley Duvall), and his son, Danny (Danny Lloyd), who is plagued by psychic premonitions.
As Jack’s writing goes nowhere and Danny’s visions become more disturbing, Jack discovers the hotel’s dark secrets and begins to unravel into a homicidal maniac hell-bent on terrorising his family.
This scripted comedy series follows a queer black woman in her twenties, Hattie (Jonica T. Gibbs), and her two straight best friends, Marie (Christina Elmore) and Nia (Gabrielle Graham).
Wannabe screenwriter Hattie is an unapologetic, queer, African-American woman. Hollywood isn’t ready for her.
Is she ready for Hollywood? Figuring-it-out comedy by Lena Waithe.
50. Him & Her
Shot completely in their flat in Walthamstow, London, this crude and juvenile series might be short on action and locations but it makes up in hilarity and heartwarming moments.
Starring Russell Tovey, as Steve, and Sarah Solemani, as Becky, they’re aided by a bunch of supporting characters including Becky’s sister Laura and her fiancé Paul, who takes so much cocaine he “looks like Santa” and only proposed to her so he could have a stag do.
It’s a glorious insight to how many couples behave.
51. The Rap Game UK
Rap legends DJ Target, Krept and Konan hunt for the next big MC to take over the scene.
Six rappers battle it out to win a coveted record deal and straight after meeting one another, the artists perform for the first time in front of the rap legends. In an a cappella performance, the artists must show why they are unique.
If you want to know where RuPaul’s Drag Race got its lingo from look no further than the funny, heartwarming and revolutionary, Pose.
The groundbreaking US series is about the underground world of 1980s ball culture, set at the height of the Aids epidemic.
Black transgender woman Blanca Rodriguez works at a nail salon by day and serves as a member of the House of Abundance by night.
The House of Abundance is a bunch of outsiders who steal shocking gowns from the Brooklyn Museum to drag up for a ball
After receiving a life-changing medical diagnosis, Blanca becomes determined to open her own house.
She starts by taking in 17-year-old Damon, a talented dancer.
In one of the most critically acclaimed shows in recent times, Donald Glover sheds his goofy Troy Barnes persona from community to portray Earn, a struggling dad in Atlanta trying to manage his rising star rapper cousin, Alfred Miles.
Earn does whatever he can to try to get Alfred’s career to the next level. Darius (Lakieth Stanfield), the rapper’s right-hand man and visionary, is also in Alfred’s entourage.
54. Awkafina is Nora From Queens
Created by and starring genius rapper/actress/comedian Awkafina (Ocean’s Eight), this hilarious comedy follows Nora Lum as she tries to navigate young adulthood in Flushing, New York with her cousin and a little help from her dad and grandmother.
Based on her real life, the show has been renewed for a second season by Comedy Central.
55. Mrs. America
This gripping drama covers the birth of the women’s rights movements in the 1960’s and 70’s and also showcases the point of view from women not so keen to burn their bras.
Mrs America features a stellar cast from Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne and Sarah Paulson, with an Emmy Award winning performance by Uzo Aduba as Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to the United States Congress and first black Democratic Presidential nominee.
The series follows conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly leads an unexpected fight against the Equal Rights Amendment movement during the 1970s.
56. His Dark Materials
The series is based on author Philip Pullman’s trilogy of the same name[/caption]
His Dark Materials is based on author Philip Pullman’s beloved trilogy of the same name.
The series follows Lyra, a brave young woman from another world.
Lyra’s quest to find her kidnapped friend leads her to uncover a sinister plot of a secret organization, encounter extraordinary beings and protect dangerous secrets.
57. The Night Manager
To do the rights thing, Jonathan must become a criminal himself[/caption]
The night manager of a Cairo hotel is recruited to infiltrate an arms dealer’s inner circle.
An Englishman, Jonathan Pine is working as the night manager of a Cairo hotel.
He gets involved with a local woman who is the girlfriend of a local gangster.
58. Marcus Rashford: Feeding Britain’s Children
Marcus Rashford has been instrumental in feeding school kids through the summer of 2020 and beyond[/caption]
Documentary about Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford’s campaign for free school meals.
The 23 year-old England striker speaks openly about his personal connection with hunger, his experiences of going without food as a child and the sacrifices his family had to make.
He also meets some of the families directly affected by the issue.
Tune in to watch the all the drama unfold in Industry[/caption]
Industry “follows a group of young graduates competing for a limited set of permanent positions at Pierpoint & Co, a top investment bank in London.
However, the boundaries between colleague, friend, lover, and enemy become blurred.
They soon immerse themselves in a company that revolves around sex, drugs, and ego as it is striking excellent deals.
60. The Valhalla Murders
Will Kata track down the serial killer?[/caption]
The series is set in Iceland and follows officer Kata who is in charge of investigating a horrific murder that occurred at Rekjavik’s harbor.
The victim is an old man who was brutally stabbed and even had his eyes gouged out.
This is followed by a similar murder of another old man and a pattern starts to emerge.
She is then paired up with police profiler Arnar, who is sent from Oslo to assist in the case and track down Iceland’s first serial killer.
61. Black Narcissus
Based on a book of the same title which looks at a nun who struggles with suppressed emotions in 1930s India
The series closely follows Sister Clodagh, a nun leading a group through the Himalayan mountains who finds herself attracted to Mr Dean, a land agent.
Sister Ruth also develops feelings for the unlikeable man, so it brings out the worst in the two women who struggle to keep their desires under control.
Spiral is a dark French drama following the work and the private lives of Paris police officers, lawyers and judges at the Palais de Justice, Paris.
Laure Berthaud and her team of detectives face the brutal world of organised crime, and none will remain unscathed.
It was the BBC’s first French language drama series and has spawned eight seasons as well as receiving Golden Globe, BAFTA and Emmy Awards nominations.
Molly Windsor stars alongside Line Of Duty’s Martin Compston in this Scottish noir drama and plays lab assistant Emma Hedges who returns to her childhood home of Dundee to start a new job at SIFA, but becomes tangled up in case involving her dead mother.
Whilst studying an online introductory course in forensic science, Emma realises there’s something striking about the fictitious case study she’s working on, as it bears a resemblance to her own mum’s unsolved murder.
When she starts a relationship with Daniel, she doesn’t know that his company might be somehow involved in the case her boss at SIFA has been helping the police to investigate.
64. The Serpent
The eight-part drama is about French serial killer Charles Sobhraj, a conman who gained infamy for his successful escapes from high-security prisons in the 1970s.
Charles, who earned the chilling nicknames The Bikini Killer and The Serpent, is currently serving a life sentence in Kathmandu prison, Nepal.
65. A Teacher
The FX series is created by Hannah Fidell and is based on her film of the same name.
It sees Claire Wilson, a popular young English teacher, embark on an affair with 18-year-old student Eric Walker.
Actress Kate Mara, 37, plays Claire while Nick Robinson, 25, plays Eric, and the series explores the consequences of their illegal relationship after Claire grooms Eric.
66. Zara McDermott: Revenge Porn
Love Island star Zara McDermott has spoken out about her experience when she became the victim of revenge porn.
The new BBC 3 show aired yesterday on BBC iPlayer and she has already received a huge amount of praise for her bravery.
Unfortunately Zara’s intimate photos have been leaked twice – when she was 14-years-old and again when she was in the villa back in 2018.
Zara hopes that the documentary will help others who have suffered from the same traumatic experience as her.
Speaking out about the one-off show, she said: “I want people to feel empowered from this documentary and know they’re not alone, so many other people have been through this.
“I want victims to have better support. I want people to be able to start speaking about this topic openly and there to be a lot less emphasis placed on the victim in terms of ownership and accountability.”
67. Eating With My Ex
This juicy reality show first hit our screens in 2017.
It has proved a huge hit with fans and has gone on to produce three series, including two celebrity specials.
The guests on the show – who were former flames – lay their cards out on the table and discuss the reasons why they think they never worked out.
The most recent series has starred Towie favourites James Locke and Yazmin Oukhellou, Megan Barton-Hanson and Demi Sims and Tallia Storm and Seb Morris.
You’ll definitely need to get the popcorn out for this one…
68. Hot Property
Have you ever been speaking to potential beau and wondered what their bedroom looks like?
Well Hot Property – presented by Yung Filly – allows one young dater have a look around three bedrooms before picking their favourite one.
Whilst snooping, the presenter and his guests have found an array of weird, wonderful and wacky things…
Would you let someone snoop around in your room before going on a date?
69. Katie Price Harvey and Me
Katie Price Harvey and Me is described as “a deeply personal one-off film” that explores their amazing mother son relationship.
The documentary follows the pair travel around the UK to find the perfect place for Harvey to live in now that he’s turned 18.
It’s an exciting milestone for them both, but for some disabled young adults like Harvey, it also brings a daunting uncertainty as the people and places that have cared for him as a child are about to change.
70. The Catherine Tate Show
This award-winning sketch show aired from 2004 to 2006 on BBC Two.
It is written by and stars none other than Catherine Tate.
The show follows the story of some very popular characters.
Some favourites include the likes of Joannie ‘Nan’ Taylor who thinks that everything is a “f****ing liberty,” a young chav called Lauren Cooper who coined the famous saying “Am I bovvered?” and an Irish nurse called Bernie who has nearly been sacked multiple times because of her attitude.
71. Peaky Blinders
If you’re yet to see this legendary show, you’ve been missing out.
Not only is there serious eye candy in the form of Cilian Murphy (yes, we’re swooning too) but plenty of drama.
The show follows the criminal gang the Peaky Blinders in Birmingham in the late 19th century.
Navigating the aftermath of WW1, gang leader Tommy Shelby is nicked by Chester Campbell, an inspector, in an attempt to put an end to their criminal activities.
Expect to see plenty of dramatic fight scenes all in amazingly suave outfits.
72. This Country
Written by Daisy May and Charlie Cooper, This Country is a hilarious mock-umentary sitcom based on the lives and experiences of young people stuck in rural Britain.
Each episodes looks at the weird and wonderful day to day life far from the city.
Characters Kerry and Lee ‘Kurtan’ Mucklowe battle with unemployment and lack of entertainment as they get up to mischief in their local village.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge stars in this dry-witted series following the life of Fleabag, a young woman navigating life and love in London.
Based on the actress’ one-woman show of the same name, the drama follows Fleabag as she navigates grief and meeting new people.
The BBC describe the series – which has won 55 awards including a Golden Globe for Best Television Series – as “angry, devastating and funny”.
There’s no doubt you will binge-watch all 12 episodes of the two seasons in a weekend.
74. Vicar of Dibley
A long-running classic, The Vicar of Dibley originally aired on BBC One from 10 November 1994 to 1 January 2000, and then intermittently from 25 December 2004 to 23 December 2020.
It follows the happenings in Dibley, a small village in Oxford, which assigned a female vicar following changes in the Church of England that allowed the ordination of women.
But not everyone is pleased when Geraldine Granger, a non-traditional, chocolate loving, rock n’ roll listening vicar, turns up.
Starring Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner as parents who are outnumbered by their three kids, this throwback show is sure to have you laughing.
Featuring Tyger Drew-Honey, Daniel Roche and Ramona Marquez as the mischievous children who rule the roost, the comedy documents the highs and lows of parenthood.
Eldest son Jake is constantly embarrassed by his parents, middle child Ben is a pathological liar, and little Karen is constantly asking awkward questions.
There’s more than 35 hilarious episodes to get through!
76. Man Like Mobeen
Guz Khan wrote this comedy and stars as the titular Mobeen[/caption]
This comedy-drama is by writer and star Guz Khan, who plays the titular Mobeen.
Set in Small Heath in Birmingham, it follows Mobeen’s daily life as he hangs out with his friends Nate and Eight as well as looking after his little sister Aqsa in the absence of their parents.
It’s a sharp comedy with observations on race, religion and class and is full of plenty of laughs as Mobeen tries to lead a good Muslim life and make sure Aqsa reaches her potential, while also trying to shake off his murky past as a drug dealer.
77. This Time with Alan Partridge
Steve Coogan returns as the iconic Alan Partridge in this series, this time seeing the hapless presenter co-host a spoof of The One Show.
Susannah Fielding plays Alan’s co-host Jennie, while Tim Key and Felicity Montagu reprise their roles as Simon Denton and Alan’s assistant Lynn Benfield.
The series is full of classic Partridge cringe moments as Alan tries to impress as the stand-in presenter on This Time after the regular host falls ill.
Series one aired in 2019 while series two began in April 2021.
78. Would I Lie to You?
This game show has been airing on the BBC since 2007, meaning there are plenty of episodes to catch up on!
It features David Mitchell and Lee Mack as team captains with a host of celebrity guests joining them each episode.
Rob Brydon has hosted the show since 2009 and the banter between the trio is one of its main USPs.
The teams compete as each player reveals unusual facts and embarrassing personal tales for the evaluation of the opposing team.
Some of these are true; some are not and it is the panellists’ task to decide which is which.
And take it from us, episodes featuring Greg Davies or Bob Mortimer are particularly entertaining!
79. Top Gear
Top Gear has been on the BBC since 2002 and was most famously hosted by Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May.
After they left in 2015, it has been hosted by the likes of Chris Evans, Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Jordan, while the current line up consists of Freddie Flintoff, Paddy McGuinness and Chris Harris.
Regardless of the presenters, viewers can always expect to see reviews of some of the most exciting and newest cars, crazy challenges and timed laps of notable vehicles.
The BBC thriller follows James Nesbitt’s character Detective Tom Brannick as he investigates a series of disappearances that took place during the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
The disappearances are linked to ‘Goliath’, a mysterious assassin who also happens to be the murderer of Tom’s beloved wife, Emma.
But as the four-part series goes on, viewers will question who is telling the truth, and face some major twists and shocks along the way.
The series has also been recommissioned for a second season, so there’s plenty more drama to come.
81. The Missing
Gripping BBC thriller The Missing follows a missing person’s case with a twist, and is sure to have you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
Written by Harry and Jack Williams, it stars James Nesbitt as dad Tony Hughes, the father to missing boy Oliver, and investigator Julien Baptiste, portrayed by Tchéky Karyo.
The two series and one-off pilot spin-off follow the story of Hughes, before later meeting David Morrissey, Keeley Hawes and Laura Fraser in the case of two missing girls, Alice Webster and Sophie Giroux.
82. Life On Mars
It may be 15 years old, but we’re certain this oldie is a goldie – seeing John Simm come together with Philip Glenister for the iconic series Life On Mars.
It sees John’s character Sam – a police officer with Greater Manchester Police – wake up in 1973 after getting into a road accident.
Becoming part of a Criminal Investigation Department years into the past, Sam finds himself working under DCI Gene Hunt while trying to figure out if he has time travelled or in the after life.
Better yet, the show’s sequel Ashes to Ashes is also available to stream!
83. Responsible Child
In the mood for something a little more serious? Look no further than documentary-maker Nick Holt’s drama Responsible Child.
The show follows Ray, a sweet-tempered 12-year-old boy who’s endured horrors in his childhood.
While he appears an angel, he is being put on trial alongside his adult brother for the murder of their abusive step-father while he slept – with Ray also facing trial in adult court.
Billy Barratt, who plays Ray, acts alongside Game of Thrones’ Michelle Fairley – who plays a barrister – and Stephen Campbell – a child psychologist – in the drama.
If you’ve watched and loved Doctor Who, you need to give Russell T Davies’ Torchwood a go.
A little more grown up than the beloved BBC drama, Torchwood’s plot will have you hooked.
The gritty show looks at how the existence of aliens may affect the planet as alien hunter Captain Jack Harkness, played by John Barrowman, keeps himself busy dealing with a deadly time rift.
Dubbed the British version of The X-Files, Torchwood’s team investigate the unusual, the strange and the extraterrestrial.
85. Moving On
As the title suggests, Moving On focuses on pivotal turning points in the lives of standalone fictional characters living across the UK.
With one (and sometimes two) new characters in every episode, the series has a total of 65 different storylines to follow across 12 series.
Written by Jimmy McGovern, the series features guest stars including Sheila Hancock, Lesley Sharp, Richard Armitage, Dervla Kirwan, Joanne Froggatt and Ian Hart.