Just when you thought you were going to run out of things to watch during the coronavirus lockdown, the BBC gods have gifted you something special with a smorgasbord of shows to watch on iPlayer. While we’re used to watching Killing Eve, Doctor Who and EastEnders catch-ups on the Beeb’s streaming service, some of its classic shows are getting a new lease of life.
Those of a certain age might remember the golden age of the BBC’s drama offerings and when Spooks was all the rage. Starring the likes of Line of Duty‘s Keeley Hawes, Cold Feet‘s Hermione Norris, The Stranger‘s Richard Armitage, and Star Trek: Discovery‘s Shazad Latif, the gang of MI-5 rogues was overseen by Peter Firth as the stoic Harry Pearce.
Spooks ran for 10 series and bowed out with a feature-length movie (starring Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harington), and now, you can binge the whole thing in one happy place. In a statement, the BBC confirmed it will be “using all of its resources – channels, stations and output – to help keep the nation informed, educated and entertained.”
Alongside Spooks, you can binge The Missing, Waking The Dead, French & Saunders, Wallander, and The Honourable Woman. There are also promises of more to come from BBC Three, so I’m hoping Two Pints of Lager will be making a welcome return.
In particular, Waking The Dead (no, not The Walking Dead) makes for an uncomfortable watch as it followed a crack team of Cold Case detectives. Similar to Spooks, there was no shortage of shock deaths as main characters could be offed at any moment. Speaking of shocking swansongs, who could forget Spooks‘ iconic deep fat fryer death? I’ll definitely be watching that again!
If you want a laugh, the legendary French & Saunders show will lighten the mood. It’s hard to believe the comedy duo first hit our screens with their own series in 1987, however, the show is just as funny now. The Titanic skit is a particular highlight you should look out for on iPlayer.
Finally, The Missing was another A-list tale. Starring Tcheky Karyo, Keeley Hawes (again), another Cold Feet favorite with James Nesbitt, The Walking Dead‘s David Morrissey, and Frances O’Connor, The Missing centred on seemingly impossible cases and the team looking into them.
As EastEnders is stripped back to just two episodes a week and production grinds to a halt, at least the BBC is trying to keep us busy in the midst of self-isolation. One thing’s for sure, there’s no shortage of things to watch on iPlayer. See, it’s not all bad news!
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