BBC iPlayer festive treats


So earlier this week my Mum sent me a text...


I knew that as a Christmas treat the BBC iPlayer had 100 plus Box Sets added for the festive period.  Now unlike many people who may have suffered a painful school ritual of reading Dickens and been put off for life, I have found his books to be stunningly wonderful stories.


The maternal text alerted me to Bleak House. This is Andrew Davies at his best and comes fresh from 2005. Most of Dicken’s work was published in instalments in periodicals and following on that idea we have 15, 30-minute episodes.



It is a brilliant production with a cornucopia of stars from the heroine Esther (Anna Maxwell Martin) through Johnny Vegas, Charles Dance, Gillian Anderson and many more household names. I sat down to watch it and binged over two nights on the whole show not getting to bed till 2am. It was utterly engrossing and gripping as murder, blackmail, spontaneous combustion and the interminable lawsuit of the Jarndyce keep you glued to show. It seven and half hours of TV heaven.


For those who need to use subtitles, you will need to watch it on the actual iPlayer as sadly none are available via Sky.


The box sets cover children and factual and drama. The drama box sets are a delight :


54 Hours: The Gladbeck Hostage Crisis
A Very English Scandal
Bleak House
Death And Nightingales
Doctor Who
Father Brown (Series 6)
House Of Cards
In The Flesh
Killing Eve
Little Dorrit
The Little Drummer Girl
The Long Song
Mothers’ Day
Mrs Wilson
North And South
Our Girl
Pride And Prejudice
Sense And Sensibility
Silent Witness (Series 17-21)
Small Island
Snowfall (Series 2)
The Fades
There She Goes
War And Peace
Watership Down



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