STREAMING platforms have never been more in-demand with most of the nation in lockdown.
But don't despair – there's nothing better to help cure the boredom than bingeing the best shows that BBC iPlayer has to offer.
Here's a round-up of the best shows to get you through isolation.
1. The Nest
2. Noughts and Crosses
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.
3. Our Girl
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.
4. Stacey Dooley Investigates
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.
5. London Kills
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.
6. The mysterious murder of Nipsey Hussle
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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.
10. 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?
11. 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.
14. 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.
16. 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.
17. 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.
18. The A Word
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.”
19. The Great British Sewing Bee
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.
20. 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.
Need more content to stream? Check out our round-up of the best series on Netlfix and Amazon Prime.
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