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Top 10 Best Shows to Watch on BBC iPlayer This June 2019

BBC iPlayer is a free streaming service for people living in the UK. It contains a slew of TV shows, movies and documentaries available to stream. Here are our top picks of the month that will get you hooked to the service.

If you are outside the UK, then you may not be able to stream anything on BBC iPlayer as it only works in the UK. But don’t worry, we have a solution for you that allows you to watch BBC iPlayer from anywhere in the world.

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Call The Midwife

Not many TV series live out to last as far as Call The Midwife, which is expected to hit screens on March 31, 2019, for its Season 8. Like every season in the franchise before, the show will retain its legacy of airing eight new episodes for this season.

Set in the 1950s, the show is about a group of midwives who work independently to help expecting mothers throughout their pregnancy. The groups’ purpose of existence is to fight poverty and lack of resources while spreading awareness about medical conditions and symptoms that have superstitious myths and taboos surrounding them.

Silent Witness

One of the British TV classics which has lived since the time of our parents – well almost. The show is all set to be renewed for its Season 23, with 10 fresh episodes. If you are a binge-watcher who consumes episodes one after the other, this show will make your streaming time totally worth it. It’s un-pause-able. Not just that – a 24th season for the series is already in production.

All the episodes of season 22 are now available on BBC iPlayer. If you have missed out on binging the latest episodes, login into the streaming service and watch it. The British television crime drama series is a total binge-watch and will keep you hooked till the finale.

Better Things

A jewel in the Brit TV program line-up, Better Things is an amazing watch about a divorced actress who raises her three daughters on her own. So far, the series has aired two seasons and is now scheduled to start airing its Season 3 from March 28, 2019. It would help to know that the show was nominated for Golden Globe Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards in 2018.

While we are all waiting for the third season to begin, BBC iPlayer has been kind enough to make season 2 available on its online streaming service so that you can play catch-up with the series at your convenience.

American History’s Biggest Fibs

A new addition on the BBC entertainment portfolio, this documentary series explores the alleged as well as proven corporate and government lies and cover-ups. Lucy Worsley, a renowned journalist, analyses three of America’s greatest national stories, makes for mesmerizing TV as she unravels the skeins of truth, half-truth and lies behind, respectively, the American revolution, the civil war, and the cold war. She begins by asking: how much of the nation’s founding story is based on fact?

Les Miserables

Too bad this was just a mini-series and that it won’t be renewed for a sequel. The 6-episode season received global appreciation and has a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The story is based on a novel by Victor Hugo and has been made into a feature length movie as well back in 2012.

After serving 19 years in a French prison, Jean Valijean is a changed man. His crime was only that he stole a loaf of bread. Now, even though he has served his sentence, he is treated as an ex-convict, hence can’t have all the luxuries and liberties that most people get by default.

Doctor Who

If there is one British classic science fiction TV show that has a huge fan following, it’s Doctor Who. It’s what has made the BBC iPlayer a popular streaming platform among those living in the UK. The show is about a time-traveling rogue, who is also the last surviving member of an alien race, called the Time Lord.

Doctor Who often finds events that pique his curiosity as he tries to prevent evil forces from harming innocent people or changing history, using only his ingenuity and minimal resources, such as his versatile sonic screwdriver. He rarely travels alone and often brings one or more companions to share these adventures. His companions are usually humans, as he has found a fascination with planet Earth, and he frequently collaborates with the international military task force UNIT when the Earth itself is threatened.

As a Time Lord, the Doctor is centuries-old and has the ability to regenerate when his body is mortally damaged, taking on a new appearance and personality. The Doctor has gained numerous reoccurring enemies during his travels, including the Daleks, the Cybermen, and the Master, another renegade Time Lord.

Our Girl

Based on the lives of people serving in the military, Our Girl focuses on women who have joined the armed forces. It is a military drama series, which began airing its first series on September 21, 2014. Currently, series 3 is ongoing, for which part one was aired in October 2017 and now its second part has begun airing from June 5.

Part 2 of Series 3 is based on the missions that British army undertook in far off regions such as Nigeria, Belize and Bangladesh, fighting the Boko Haram and other militants that have been raging wars against civilians living there.

MisFITS Like Us

As a child, Labonya faced a tragic incident. An oil lamp burst in flames, leaving burns on all her body. She was bullied, socially outcast and was constantly stared upon by people every time she was at a public place. She is so disturbed and distracted that she is ruining her relationship with her boyfriend,

Now, she is joined by a group of strangers who have all been through the same experience as her – they are all victims of burn injury. The group talks about all the experiences that changed their life, and how they managed to grow out of it, survive and start living again. All Labonya wants is to regain her confidence and pride, like what she had before she became a burn victim.

Seeing how people have moved on in life, she wants to make it possible for herself as well. Here is an extract from the series for you to develop an emotional attachment with it.

Killing Eve

Back in early 2018 when we first saw the trailer for Killing Eve, we knew that this show will not disappoint us, and we the show has proven us right. The show began airing sometime around April and managed to pick its trend up across the globe.

The show is not just about a psychopathic murderer. It’s also not just about a secret spy who wants to rid the town of this monster. It’s about something personal between the two, which is forcing both of them to be at their best. Sandra Oh plays the secret spy, and if you have seen Grey’s Anatomy, then you already know what a super actor she is.

Season 1 is available on BBC iPlayer, while season 2 is expected to air sometime around April 2019.


The show has got 5 seasons so far, so that should keep you binge watching for quite some time. The show is about John Luther, a Detective Chief Inspector whose life is full of action, drama, emotion, and even challenges which make it difficult for John Luther to make choices every time between what he loves and what he needs.

How to Watch BBC iPlayer Outside UK

Unfortunately, BBC iPlayer only works in the UK. This is because of the regional limitations placed by the content producers that want to restrict people outside the UK from streaming anything on the website.

Geographical limitation is a form of Internet censorship where access to content is limited based upon the user’s geographical location. In this scheme, the user’s location is calculated using geo-location techniques, such as checking the user’s IP address against a black-list or white-list; the result of this check is then used to determine whether the system will approve or deny access to the content

Fortunately, there are ways to access the channel’s content despite the regional limitations. And you do not need to travel to the UK to get access to the network. You can easily pose as a citizen of the UK while being thousands of miles away.

Here is how to do it.

  1. Sign up for PureVPN
  2. Get PureVPN’s browser Extension
  3. Connect to PureVPN on your browser
  4. Sign up for BBC iPlayer
  5. Start streaming.

It’s that simple!

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Final Word

At PureVPN, we believe that the internet is a public utility and all information available online should be made accessible to all the netizens. However, due to regional limitations and online censorship laws, most online content is inaccessible, which means it can only be accessed from certain locations.

Being advocates of online freedom and privacy, we have created multiple tools and embedded them with PureVPN, making it possible for our users to enjoy  streaming experience, which is free from stutters, buffering, and all regional limitations.

Bilal Khalid likes to channel his positivity to make the internet a safe place for humans. He spends his leisure time following his favorite sports and TV shows, loves tech, and tweets @bilalistein.

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