This week on iPlayer, we have an extended selection of new programmes, including comedy series Dreaming Whilst Black, which follows British Jamaican filmmaker, Kwabena, as he struggles to navigate between his dreams and reality. RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under returns for a third series, and Gaia: A Death on Dancing Ledge follows Zara McDermott as she sheds light on the tragic circumstances surrounding the death of 19-year-old Gaia Pope-Sutherland in 2017.
This week we also have The Power Of Parker, a comedy drama set in Stockport in the 1990s, and Reframed: Marilyn Monroe which revisits the extraordinary story of a Hollywood icon. Electric Cars: What They Really Mean For You
investigates the changes to the cars we drive, and in David Harewood On Blackface, David goes on a mission to understand the roots of this strange and intensely problematic cultural form. Finally, we have new CBBC drama from the creator of Hannah Montana, Home Sweet Rome!
What’s coming new to BBC iPlayer this week?
Dreaming Whilst Black
Man facing the right with his eyes closed blue sky and clouds in background
Kwabena is an aspiring film-maker working a dead-end job in recruitment. When he bumps into Amy, an old friend from film school who has just returned from three years in Nigeria, she offers to pass his script, Jamaica Road, to the development team at the production company where she works.
But life isn’t as simple as all that, and Kwabena may have to make some sacrifices in order to pursue his dream.
Watch Dreaming Whilst Black as a boxset from Monday 24 July on BBC iPlayer below.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under
Mama Ru returns as ten new queens from all across Australia and New Zealand compete for the title of Down Under’s Next Drag Superstar!
For their first challenge, the queens throw a Mardi Gras Pride-themed celebration on the main stage.
Watch RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under from Friday 28 July on BBC iPlayer below.
Both previous series streaming now below.
Gaia: A Death On Dancing Ledge
Gaia: A Death on Dancing Ledge sees Zara McDermott in Dorset to attempt to understand and shed light on the tragic circumstances around the death of 19-year-old Gaia Pope-Sutherland in 2017.
Rumours about what happened to Gaia still stir up strong feelings in the small town of Swanage where she lived. Some people believed she was kidnapped, others that she was murdered. Over three episodes, the events that led up to Gaia’s death are tracked, with the numerous failings and oversights by officials, including the police and health care professionals, involved in her care being brought to the fore. The documentary hears directly from Gaia’s family and friends about her life and examines what needs to change in the future.
Watch Gaia: A Death On Dancing Ledge as a boxset from Tuesday 25 July on BBC iPlayer below.
The Power of Parker
Stockport, 1990. Wannabe business guru Martin Parker has a perfect life and a flash car. But wife Diane and mistress Kath could put a spanner in the works. Comedy with Sian Gibson.
Kath is planning her anniversary celebrations, while Diane is worried she’s not got enough cheese for the soiree she’s organising for the ‘French exchange people’.
Meanwhile, Martin is under financial pressure and needs to make some big decisions – decisions that will end up impacting him and everyone close to him.
Watch The Power Of Parker as a boxset from Friday 28 July on BBC iPlayer below.
Reframed: Marilyn Monroe
The face you know, the story you don’t. Immortalised as a sex icon, dismissed as a tragic victim – in reality she was a woman brimming with feminism, sexuality and power.
Watch Reframed: Marilyn Monroe as a boxset from Friday 28 July on BBC iPlayer below.
Electric Cars: What They Really Mean For You
Cars are an essential part of life for many of us. But new petrol and diesel cars will be banned from sale in 2030 to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Electric cars are selling fast, but are not without controversy.
Justin Rowlatt, the BBC’s climate editor, explores if the UK is on track to hit the government’s targets to stop emitting greenhouse gases by 2050.
Presenter Michelle Ackerley investigates the frustrations people face trying to charge their electric cars. She explores the difficulties in building the UK’s charging infrastructure and why it’s not happening fast enough.
Environmental scientist Dr Tara Shine questions the cost of electric cars and meets battery experts to understand the global forces that will affect prices for decades to come.
Watch Electric Cars: What They Really Mean For You as a boxset from Tuesday 25 July on BBC iPlayer below.
David Harewood On Blackface
At its peak, The Black and White Minstrel Show was watched by a Saturday night audience of more than 20 million people. David Harewood goes on a mission to understand the roots of this strange, intensely problematic cultural form: where did the show come from, and what made it popular for so long?
With the help of historians, actors and musicians, David uncovers how, at its core, blackface minstrelsy was simply an attempt to make racism into an art form – and can be traced back to a name and a date.
Watch David Harewood On Blackface from Thursday 27 July on BBC iPlayer below.
Home Sweet Rome!
Home Sweet Rome!, based on a concept by the creator of Hannah Montana, Michael Poryes, launches in the UK on Monday 24 July on CBBC and BBC iPlayer.
The comedy drama focuses on 13-year-old Lucy (Kensington Tallman), who moves from America to start a new life in Rome with her dad (Darrin Rose), an archaeologist, and stepmother Francesca (Eleonora Facchini), a famous Italian pop star.
Lucy will have to adapt to these big changes whilst navigating through all the growing pains of being a teenager – not easy when her best friend Kyla (Ava Ro) is now 6000 miles away.
With new friends, amazing food and haute fashion, Lucy’s adventures abroad begin as, with Francesca’s help, she embraces her love for music and launches her own path to pop stardom.
Watch Home Sweet Rome! from Monday 24 July on BBC iPlayer below.
What’s new to watch on BBC iPlayer now?
FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023
The FIFA Women’s World Cup is here, and from 20 July fans can stream matches live on BBC iPlayer, including the curtain raiser between New Zealand and Norway, as well as England’s crucial group game against Denmark.
Check out the group stage fixtures
Watch the Women’s World Cup on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 20 July below.
World on Fire
Watch the trailer for World on Fire series two below.
- RAF pilots are sent to destroy German bombers prowling the skies above Manchester, with rescue operations underway on the streets below. The true reality of war has arrived in Britain.
Telling the story of World War Two through the eyes of ordinary people, following intrepid young heroes fighting for freedom, World on Fire series two will take viewers from the war-torn streets of Britain deep into Nazi Germany, the resistance within occupied France, and the brutal sands of the North African desert – where troops struggle to adapt to a very different kind of combat.
Watch World on Fire series 2 on BBC iPlayer from Sunday 16 July below.
Watch World on Fire series 1 on BBC iPlayer now below.
Watch Amol Rajan in action ahead of University Challenge’s return to BBC Two and BBC iPlayer
Amol Rajan asks the questions as students from across the UK face the most fiendish of tests.
In the opening heat, Trinity College, Cambridge, face the University of Manchester for a place in the second round. We’ll see moments of huge tension, flashes of genius, and brilliant starters and bonuses that will have viewers joining in and shouting at their screens.
Watch University Challenge from on BBC iPlayer Monday 17 July below.
Chris Packham looking out over the mountains near Hofn, in South West Iceland
This ground-breaking series for BBC Two and iPlayer tells the astonishing four and a half billion year story of the planet we call home: Earth. Chris Packham uses the latest science to take viewers on a journey through Earth’s most epic moments – a jaw-dropping catalogue of dramatic upheaval from the first seconds of the planet’s existence to the arrival of its most impactful inhabitants, us.
From massive asteroid bombardments to extreme changes in climate and collisions of whole continents, immersive cutting-edge CGI allows us to witness the critical moments when Earth’s future, and the life it nurtured, hung in the balance.
Each episode tells the story of a pivotal epoch as evolving landscapes and ecosystems faced seemingly insurmountable challenges and breath-taking transitions, including the formation of our life-sustaining atmosphere, the era of lava lakes the size of Australia, and the catastrophic freezing of the entire planet.
Watch Earth on BBC iPlayer from Monday 17 July below.
The Sixth Commandment
Watch the trailer for The Sixth Commandment
The Sixth Commandment is a brand new four-part true crime drama which explores the deaths of Peter Farquhar and Ann Moore-Martin in the village of Maids Moreton, Buckinghamshire, and the extraordinary events that unfolded over the following years.
The Sixth Commandment tells the story of how the meeting of an inspirational teacher, Peter Farquhar (Timothy Spall) and a charismatic student, Ben Field (Éanna Hardwicke), set the stage for one of the most complex and confounding criminal cases in recent memory.
It also focuses on how suspicions around Field’s relationship with Ann Moore-Martin (Anne Reid), Peter’s deeply religious neighbour, unlocked a series of chilling revelations.
Watch The Sixth Commandment on BBC iPlayer from Monday 17 July below.
Real lives, real therapy. Dr Orna Guralnik welcomes couples wanting to save their relationships. Follow the emotional struggles and successes in riveting, raw reality.
Four new couples begin sessions with Dr Orna Guralnik. Brock and Kristi unpack their Mormon upbringing as they search for a new foundation. Josh struggles with Natasha’s lack of intimacy. Christine transitions from a non-monogamous relationship to a poly one with Nadine. Sean shows Orna the meaning of the word ‘gaslighting.’
Watch new episodes of Couples Therapy on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 20 July below.
It’s October 1986 and civil war threatens to destroy the Saint family. Louie has taken over Franklin’s role as Teddy’s sole buyer, undercutting her nephew and creating a competing empire in the process. In desperation, having had all his funds wiped out by Teddy McDonald, Franklin has robbed Louie and Jerome. Faced with losing everyone he loves and everything he’s built, coming out on top again will mean out-manoeuvring his family as well as the KGB, the DEA, the CIA and the LAPD. When everyone has their backs against the wall, who will they become in order to survive?
Watch Snowfall series 6 in full on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 13 July below.
Watch Snowfall Series 3-5 on BBC iPlayer now below.
The Traitors Australia
Welcome to a most, deliciously, dangerous game of lies, deception and betrayal. Do the Faithfuls have what it takes, to eliminate the Traitors? Or will the skulduggery of the Traitors see the Faithfuls eliminate one of their own.
Rodger Corser joins as host of the manor. 24 strangers will meet for the first time and band together to win up to a quarter million in solid silver bars. Moments after getting acquainted, four players will be selected as the Traitors, the other 20 will be the Faithful.
Only the Traitors know who’s who, and by night, they will meet together in Traitors Tower to murder an innocent Faithful. However, the Traitors aren’t safe either. Each evening, in the Banishment ceremony, the Faithful have an opportunity to vote out a Traitor.
But if they can’t see through the Traitors’ lies, they could end up eliminating one of their own. In the end, there can only be one winner of the quarter million solid silver.
Watch The Traitors Australia in full on BBC iPlayer from Sunday 9 July below.
Watch The Traitors UK on BBC iPlayer now below.
Watch The Traitors US on BBC iPlayer now below.
Murder on the Blackpool Express
Murder Mystery writer David Van Der Clane (Griff Rhys Jones) is a household name, but things start to go horribly wrong for him when his superfans start getting bumped off during a book tour he’s set up with coach tour operator Gemma Draper (Sian Gibson). As our selection of sleuthing misfits visit the infamous settings of David’s novels it’s soon clear that the murders they love to read about are gradually becoming all too real.
Are the deaths all just an unfortunate coincidence or is there a real life murderer in their midst? Everyone has something to hide and as tensions rise everyone becomes a suspect. With the police being wholly unhelpful the tour’s only hope of catching the killer rests in the hands of the coach driver Terry (Johnny Vegas)… unless of course he’s actually to blame!
Watch Murder on the Blackpool Express on BBC iPlayer from Wednesday 12 July below.
Death on the Tyne and Dial M for Middlesbrough will follow
Joe Swash: Teens in Care
Over the years, Joe Swash’s magnetic personality has endeared him to millions of TV viewers, but now he is delving into something more serious, and more personal.
This documentary follows Joe as he explores the stories of teens in care over the age of 16, the largest-growing cohort in both child protection and care. His motivation is deeply personal. It’s an issue that is close to his and his family’s heart, as his mum, Kiffy, has been a foster carer for over 15 years.
Joe wants to spend time with teens across the UK, who live in foster care, in residential children’s homes, and some who left at 18 and are trying to make it alone, to show what growing up as a teenager in care is really like.
His journey of discovery follows the long-awaited publication of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, which promises a ‘once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform the children’s social care system’. But can it really get to the root of the problems facing teens in care?
Through this experience, Joe also sees at first hand the work of foster carers and the army of frontline workers dedicated to helping teens in care, as he seeks to find out how some of the issues they encounter in the care system might be tackled better.
Watch Joe Swash: Teens in Care on BBC iPlayer from Tuesday 11 July below.
Wireless Festival 2023 Best Bits
Highlights from what promises to be a hit-packed, high-energy weekend in London’s Finsbury Park. The event will feature some of the biggest stars of rap, hip-hop and R&B, from US hitmakers to huge homegrown names, in front of some of the most dedicated festival fans in the world.
If history is anything to go by, there’s bound to be surprises aplenty, making this an unmissable date on the summer music calendar.
Watch the Wireless Festival 2023 Best Bits on BBC iPlayer from Wednesday 12 July below.
BBC iPlayer will have full sets available to watch on-demand from the festival, including performances from George Ezra, Cat Burns, Dundonian indie-legends The View, Paul Heaton and a highly anticipated TRNSMT debut from Niall Horan. Across the weekend viewers will be able to watch sets from the likes of pop sensation Maisie Peters and the legendary Kasabian, plus Scotland’s own LF System and Brooke Combe. That’s not to mention chart topper Mimi Webb and Saturday’s headliner, the one and only Sam Fender.
Plus, Jamie Webster’s Main Stage debut, Becky Hill’s dancefloor anthems and Royal Blood’s modern rock. Nothing But Thieves headline the King Tut’s Stage. Closing TRNSMT this year are one of Britain’s biggest bands, The 1975.
Watch full sets and highlights from TRNSMT from Saturday 8 July and across the weekend on BBC iPlayer
Daily coverage of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament from Monday 3 July, with Clare Balding taking over as lead presenter. Clare will host live coverage right across The Championships, taking tennis fans through the action daily. All matches will be available on iPlayer, with a daily highlights show and all centre court matches available in UHD.
Watch Wimbledon live on BBC iPlayer from Monday 3 July, with centre court matches available in UHD below.
Champion is the first TV project from Candice Carty-Williams, author of The Sunday Times bestselling novels Queenie and People Person.
Rap sensation Bosco Champion is home from prison, and ready to dominate the music industry once more. But when his dutiful younger sister Vita’s own talent is discovered by Bosco’s rival, she steps out of her brother’s shadow to become a performer in her own right, setting the Champion siblings against one another and tearing apart the whole family in the process.
A love letter to Black British music set in south London, Champion is a celebration of a sound that has long been the beating heart of our culture. Featuring original music written and produced by some of the leading musicians this country has to offer including Ray BLK, Ghetts and more.
Sibling rivalry never sounded so epic.
Watch Champion on BBC iPlayer from Saturday 1 July below.
Awkwafina is Nora from Queens
The filthy, funny slacker comedy starring American actress and rapper Awkwafina returns for a much anticipated third series. Nora’s been having nightmares but isn’t sure why, and is afraid to tell her family. Wally gets fired right before he’s expecting to propose to Brenda. Grandma’s acquaintance passes away, and we see her feeling old. Edmund enjoys success as an actor.
Watch series 3 of Awkwafina is Nora from Queens on BBC iPlayer from Wednesday 5 July
Watch series 1 and 2 on BBC iPlayer now below.
Body on the Beach: What Happened to Annie?
How did Annie Börjesson die? This is the question asked again and again by Annie’s friends and family, ever since her body was first discovered on Prestwick Beach in Scotland on the 4th of December, 2005. This four-part series looks at the complex case.
Quickly labelled a tragic suicide by the authorities, this documentary series examines mysterious and puzzling events around the death of the 30-year-old Swede who lived in Edinburgh. Fascinated by Annie’s story, Scottish journalist Hazel Martin investigates.
Watch Body on the Beach: What Happened to Annie? on BBC iPlayer from Tuesday 4 July below.
The Swedish detective programme returns for another series. Martin’s grandson Vilhelm Beck is out on a routine mission with his supervisor when he finds a dead 17-year-old boy at the crime scene. It immediately becomes a case for Alex, Martin and the others in the Beck group.
Watch Beck on BBC iPlayer from Saturday 1 July below.
Drill on Trial
Radio 1Xtra DJ Tiffany Calver explores the response to UK drill – a popular but controversial genre of rap – by the authorities, who blame it for a rise in violent crime. Having seen its explosion from humble beginnings to a genre that now tops charts all across the world, Tiffany has also seen the spotlight that the police and courts have put artists under.
With increased policing, stringent criminal orders, digital surveillance and tougher sentences for artists, Chinx (OS), a drill artist, has risked his freedom with every song he has released. His success could see him turn a new leaf and leave behind a chequered past. But that success is at the heart of a debate over freedom of speech and crime prevention that has played out in the media, newspapers and courtrooms.
With police scrambling to quell the rise in gang violence and artists criticising the lack of clarity around their policing, Tiffany is on a mission to find an answer to a problem that has long plagued black music genres in the UK.
Watch Drill on Trial from Sunday 2 July on BBC iPlayer below.
Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer
This film follows the life of an extraordinary woman who revolutionised modern nursing and whose legacy continues to benefit millions.
Born into a rich English family, Florence Nightingale broke through social and gender barriers to pioneer a profession previously reserved for men. Dedicating her life to helping those in need, she was a trailblazer who led a group of nurses to care for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War and developed revolutionary views about hygiene and sanitation.
Hailed as a heroine by Queen Victoria and the British people upon her return from the front, Florence went on to establish the Nightingale Training School for Nurses and reform healthcare at home and abroad.
Florence Nightingale died in 1910 aged 90, leaving behind an inspirational legacy.
Watch Florence Nightingale: Nursing Pioneer from Wednesday 5 July on BBC IPlayer below.
Noel Gallagher: Reel Stories
Looking back with a mixture of pride, curiosity and occasional bewilderment, Noel Gallagher relives moments of his life on TV – handpicked by Dermot O’Leary. From Maine Road to Downing Street, The Word to Newsnight – Noel has been ever present on our screens for the past 25 years. Now is his chance to watch it back.
In characteristically revealing form, Noel talks about the early days of Oasis, their first TV appearances, his love of Top of the Pops, his role in Cool Britannia, the breakup of one of the world’s most successful rock groups, his own solo career – and how Don’t Look Back In Anger came to define his home town’s response to the Manchester Arena bombing.
Watch Noel Gallagher: Reel Stories from Saturday 1 July on BBC iPlayer below.
We Hunt Together
We Hunt Together is an audacious new drama about what happens when two profoundly damaged people collide and finally speak the unspoken, giving each other permission and reason to act out their dormant compulsions. A brave new take on a classic cat and mouse story, We Hunt Together explores the intoxication of sexual attraction, the dangerous power of emotional manipulation and how finding a volatile form of solace in another can have dire consequences for those who dare to get in the way. It forces us to ask ourselves how culpable we are as humans and who is really to blame when the damaged do damage.
Watch We Hunt Together as a boxset on BBC iPlayer from 26 June below.
Keeping Up With Krystal Versace
Keep up with the KV and her very own royal family. The Drag Race winner is on a wild journey as she puts on the biggest show of her career. Can the queens handle the pressure?
Watch Keeping up with Krystal Versace on BBC iPlayer from 30 June below.
Rose Ayling-Ellis: Signs for Change
Rose Ayling-Ellis fronts an exciting and groundbreaking film, challenging perceptions of the deaf community and putting audiences at the heart of the deaf experience.
Following the news that, as of April 2022, British sign language has been officially recognised in law, this documentary follows Rose on a personal journey as she speaks to those closest to her, as well as the people pushing boundaries within the deaf community. Exploring whether society is adapting fast enough to allow equality amongst the deaf and hearing worlds, Rose challenges the perception of deafness as something that needs to be cured, and highlights the beauty of sign language and the deaf experience.
Watch Rose Alying-Ellis: Signs for Change on BBC iPlayer from 26 June below.
The Repair Shop: NHS Special
To celebrate 75 years of the NHS, the team revives four precious items chronicling the evolution of the publicly funded healthcare system founded in 1948.
First, the barn team welcomes a very important visitor who owes his life to the NHS, children’s author and poet Michael Rosen. He’s hoping bookbinder Chris Shaw can repair the daily diary kept by nurses and carers whilst he was in a 40-day induced coma at the start of the pandemic. The modern spiral notebook is Michael’s only record of this time when family members were unable to visit. The hospital staff were the only people in close contact with him and used the diary to relay what was happening to Michael day to day. The ‘patient diary’ was gifted to him when he was finally discharged from the critical care unit.
Along with the notebook, Michael has brought the many letters, drawings and notes that his young fans sent to him whilst he was in hospital. Currently being stored in a messy bundle, Chris gets to work to create a more fitting tribute for the thoughtful artwork leaving the usually eloquent Michael momentarily lost for words.
Watch The Repair Shop: NHS Special on BBC iPlayer from 28 June below.
Great British Railway Journeys
Great British Railway Journeys returns for a 14th series as Michael Portillo strikes out to explore the Britain of his youth, starting at Preston’s Fulwood Barracks and heading across to Bury Bolton Street station in Greater Manchester.
Watch Great British Railway Journeys series 14 on BBC iPlayer below.
Not Going Out
We return to the suburban chaos of Lee (Lee Mack) and Lucy (Sally Bretton) as they’re asked to cover for uptight ice-queen Anna (Abigail Cruttenden) as she allegedly attends ‘secret’ Italian lessons. Lee is immediately convinced Anna is up to no good and, having to lie to his best friend Toby (Hugh Dennis), is not-so-slowly spiralling into an anxious mess. As ever when there’s a delicate situation that needs sensitive handling, Lee could approach it cautiously… or go full sleuth in a bid to personally crack the case!
The series continues around the anarchy of a packed family life with the couple crashing from one near-disaster to the next. Usually close at hand are Lucy’s lovely mum Wendy (Deborah Grant) and curmudgeonly dad Geoffrey (Geoffrey Whitehead), and we know very well what they think about their daughter’s wisecracking husband.
Watch series 13 of Not Going Out from Friday 23 June on BBC iPlayer below.
Watch series 1-12 of Not Going Out on BBC iPlayer below.
There She Goes: 2023 Special
Emily (Jessica Hynes), Simon (David Tennant), Ben (Edan Hayhurst) and Rosie (Miley Locke)
David Tennant and Jessica Hynes star in this honest, chaotic and joyous tale.
In this special episode, Rosie Yates is now 13 and is starting to display increasingly challenging emotional and physical behaviour, veering wildly from joyous obsessions with the letter X, tigers with Xs on their nose, ticket barriers and Fedex lorries to sudden violent outbursts directed at both her parents and herself.
The family realise that Rosie is simply struggling to cope with the onset of puberty, just like any other teenage girl. Whilst the family deal with a teenage Rosie, their geneticist calls with news of Rosie’s condition.
The There She Goes 2023 Special will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer from Wednesday 21 June below.
Watch There She Goes series 1 and 2 on BBC iPlayer below.
George Michael At The BBC
The late, great and much-missed George Michael was one of Britain’s best-loved and most acclaimed music stars. With Wham!, the group George formed alongside best friend Andrew Ridgely, he created an 80s phenomenon – heart-throb chart-toppers across the globe, and the first Western pop act ever to perform in China. His subsequent solo work took his career to a whole new level, making him one of the key cultural figures of the day.
This collection of George’s solo performances and Wham! classics comes from his appearances on a selection of BBC programmes that demonstrate perfectly why he remains so fondly remembered. From ‘Club Tropicana’ and ‘Freedom’ to ‘Faith’, ‘Outside’ and ‘Amazing’, we see how the pure pop classics of Wham! evolved into George’s mature million-selling hits – powerful and provocative, and wrapped up gorgeously in that unforgettable golden voice.
Watch George Michael At The BBC from Saturday 17 June on BBC iPlayer below.
Starring Sharon Horgan and Michael Sheen, Jack Thorne’s original four-part BBC drama Best Interests is a compelling, thought-provoking drama about a family driven apart by having to make choices no parent would ever want to make.
Marnie has a life-threatening condition. The doctors believe it is in her best interests to be allowed to die, but her loving family disagree. And so begins a fight that will take them through every stage of a legal process, as they struggle to contemplate this huge decision. Who decides? And in whose best interests will it be?
Watch Best Interests on BBC iPlayer from Monday 12 June below.
Queen of Oz
Princess Georgiana (Georgie) is the spare to the British throne but her party girl lifestyle and constant public scandals threaten the monarchy’s future.
In an effort to get her as far away from London as possible, and at the same time, hoping to prevent Australia from leaving the Commonwealth, Georgie’s parents send her off to Australia to become their Queen, along with her new staff – Director of Communications Zoe, Private Secretary Bernard, Head of Security Officer Marc, Personal Assistant Matthew, Lady In Waiting Anabel, Master of the Household Weiwei.
A welcome reception is Georgie’s first public appearance in Australia – where an offensive faux pas from the jetlagged new Queen makes the night go from bad to worse.
Watch Queen of Oz as a boxset from Friday 16 June on BBC iPlayer below.
A third series of David Tennant and Michael Sheen’s hit show Staged is arriving on BBC iPlayer.
After a fallout with Michael and David, the director Simon tries his very best to get them to work on a project with him again, however this proves to be a difficult task. Watch the pair navigate life after lockdown in a hilarious third season.
Having started life during the pandemic, Staged was named Best Comedy at New York Festivals TV & Film Awards in 2022 and was also named Best Comedy at the Broadcasting Press Guild awards in 2021.
Tennant and Sheen are once again joined by their real-life partners Georgia Tennant and Anna Lundberg for an exciting third series, alongside series creator Simon Evans, with Lucy Eaton, Ben Schwartz and a host of guest stars.
Watch Staged series 3 as a boxset from Wednesday 14 June on BBC iPlayer below.
Africa Rising with Afua Hirsch
Africa is home to the youngest and most culturally diverse population on the planet. In a new three-part series, journalist and broadcaster Afua Hirsch discovers how young creatives are reinventing the culture of some of the continent’s biggest countries: Morocco, South Africa and Nigeria.
Afua begins her journey by exploring how a younger generation of Moroccans are updating old traditions in often surprising ways, creating exciting and daring new art, music, weaving and photography, with women creatives spearheading the change.
Watch all episodes of Africa Rising with Afua Hirsch from Tuesday 13 June on BBC iPlayer
They All Came Out to Montreux
Starting in 1967, with practically no knowledge of the music industry, Claude Nobs began turning his sleepy hometown on the shores of Lake Geneva into a destination for international music artists.
Aretha Franklin, Nina Simone, David Bowie, Miles Davis, Etta James, Prince, Talking Heads… the list goes on, and eventually they all came out to Montreux. And when they did, Claude filmed and recorded everything in meticulous detail, resulting in a UNESCO recognised archive of extraordinary depth and quality.
From revelatory live performances to jaw-dropping and intimate interview footage, this documentary miniseries provides an immersive window into the unique world of Claude Nobs and his love for music.
Watch all episodes of They All Came Out to Montreux on BBC iPlayer
Lizzo, Live in Concert and Love, Lizzo
Ahead of triple Grammy award-winning superstar Lizzo taking to the stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, the global music megastar will be arriving on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer as part of Storyville presents Lizzo Live In Concert and Love, Lizzo.
In Lizzo, Live in Concert, Superstar Lizzo as brings the house down with special guests Cardi B, SZA, and Missy Elliott. The live concert spectacular gives the viewers a front row seat to the Emmy and three-time Grammy winner’s acclaimed “Special” tour. Joined by her band The Lizzbians and The Little Bigs, and The Big Grrrls. Lizzo: Live In Concert promises a night full of positivity, laughs, and love.
Love, Lizzo will give viewers a revealing glimpse into the life of the multi-platinum Grammy and Emmy-winning artist, filmed during the recording of her latest album, Special.
After her hit 2019 single Truth Hurts catapulted her to superstardom, rapper/singer/songwriter Lizzo was hailed “an overnight success.” In this intimate and revealing documentary, the artist, born Melissa Jefferson, traces her long journey to the top–from her upbringing in Detroit, her adolescence tirelessly practicing the flute in Houston, her move to Minneapolis to pursue hip-hop, and ten years spent hustling as a solo artist before achieving international fame. Filmed over three years, from her ‘Cuz I Love You world tour, through the pandemic and the recording of her latest album, Love, Lizzo allows the multi-platinum artist to get candid about topics such as body positivity, self-love, and recognising Black women for their contributions.
Watch both Lizzo, Live in Concert and Love, Lizzo from Saturday 3 June on BBC iPlayer
Man Like Mobeen
Viewers first met reformed drug-dealer Mobeen as he was trying to turn his life around living as a good Muslim, looking after his little sister, and trying to escape his troubled past. Since then he’s almost made good on living a quiet-ish life, but in the cliff-hanger series three finale, he found himself banged-up behind bars with Nate, after their close friend Eight had been killed.
As they adjust to life on the inside, familiar faces are also set to return, but in very unexpected situations. All this means Mobeen and Nate must once again negotiate new challenges and circumstances. So can the haphazard heroes make it to the end of their sentence without causing more mayhem and come good on their dream of living a quiet life?
Watch all episodes of Man Like Mobeen from Thursday 8 June, with all previous series available now on BBC iPlayer
Gods of Tennis
Bringing real-life stories of the most iconic tennis players of the time – Navratilova, Borg, Evert and more – to the screen, these sporting geniuses will serve their first-hand accounts of the seminal moments in their careers.
During the 1970s and 80s legendary athletes rallied vigorously against one another to a growing global audience, wielding racquets and dressed in dazzling white. Tennis was in a golden era, exhilarating audiences of millions at a time when changes in the modern world were also being played out on court.
Alongside personal insights, this distinctive period will be brought back to life through rich archive as global events like the Cold war, the sexual revolution, race relations and the fight for LGBT rights found expression in the game’s most traditional sporting arena.
Watch all episodes of Gods of Tennis from Sunday 4 June on BBC iPlayer
A Wright Family Holiday
Mark Wright, his brother Josh and dad Big Mark embark on an epic road trip across Britain. Expect breathtaking scenery, white-knuckle activities, family secrets and laugh-out-loud banter.
Set against the backdrop of some of the Britain’s most stunning scenery, the series will see the Wrights use their time together to explore bigger themes around modern family life that affect us all – ageing and illness, marriage and children, life and relationships.
From coasteering in Newquay to Go-Karting in Llandudno, from Kite-surfing in County Down to downhill biking in the Scottish Highlands, all of Britain becomes an arena for the Wrights – and a heartwarming, hilarious celebration of family, parenting, and holidaying in the Great British Outdoors.
Watch all episodes of a Wright Family Holiday from Thursday 8 June on BBC iPlayer
The Gallows Pole
Based on the book by Benjamin Myers, director Shane Meadows, famous for his British realist works such as This is England and Dead Man’s Shoes, fictionalises the remarkable true story of the rise of David Hartley and the Cragg Vale Coiners.
Set in the moorland hills of 18th Century Yorkshire, the drama follows the enigmatic David Hartley played by Michael Socha (This Is England, Papillon), as he assembles a gang of weavers and land-workers to embark upon a revolutionary criminal enterprise that will capsize the economy and become the biggest fraud in British history.
Watch The Gallows Pole as a full boxset from Wednesday 31 May on BBC iPlayer
Unreal! With Olivia Neill
Belfast-born social media star Olivia Neill is an online sensation, with a digital reach of over three million.
Her relatable vlogs and knack for creating trending content have endeared her to the Gen Z audience who can’t get enough of her offbeat brand of humour and addictive and hilarious personality. Now, this Northern Ireland tornado is bringing her sense of fun and energy to investigate some of the most ‘unreal’ outrageous life choices trending amongst her generation.
In Unreal! With Olivia Neill – a new pilot for BBC Three and BBC Northern Ireland – Olivia embarks on a journey across the UK both physically and virtually to meet companies at the cutting edge of this technology and the real-life people who’ve not only found love and relationships online, but found themselves again. And she finally tries her hand at dating to see if she can find the next Mr Olivia Neill.
Watch Unreal! With Olivia Neill on BBC iPlayer
Who Do You Think You Are?
Follow nine celebrities on extremely personal journeys as they each delve into unknown family ancestry and unearth startling facts and truths about their heritage.
With familial discoveries ranging from clog-wearing rope dancers and Scottish royalty to murder trials and tragic accidents, the celebrities’ journeys take them across the UK as well as to Ireland, the Netherlands, Canada, Jamaica and Australia in pursuit of the truth behind their family stories.
This newest series of Who Do You Think You Are? is filled with astonishing revelations for the celebrities who have chosen to bare all in Series 20 of the show. Musical theatre master Andrew Lloyd Webber unearths uncanny parallels between his life and the lives of his ancestors. Actor and comedian Emily Atack discovers that she, Ryan Reynolds and a certain football club have a lot more in common than she might ever have guessed.
Award-winning actors Claire Foy and Lesley Manville dive head-first into their family histories only to stumble upon stories worthy of any TV drama. Claire finds out that her family were caught up in a murder trial and Lesley learns how an ancestor fighting for workers’ rights ended up paying a very heavy price.
Watch new episodes of series 20 of Who Do You Think You Are weekly from Thursday 1 June on BBC iPlayer
Watch previous series of Who Do You Think You Are on BBC iPlayer
The Great British Sewing Bee
Sara Pascoe welcomes 12 sewers to the Sewing Bee in Leeds. Judges Patrick Grant and Esme Young want to see how the newbies deal with ‘Classics with a Twist’. For their first Pattern Challenge, the sewers make a top with a twist at its centre, which is a straightforward construction with a tricky brain-teaser.
For the 90-minute Transformation Challenge, they take the office uniform – a pencil skirt and blouse – and give it their own personal twist to reflect their style.
Finally, in the Made to Measure round, the sewers meet their models for the first time and attempt to perfectly fit a dress that has cut-out details. Who will impress the judges and win Garment of the Week, and whose hopes of staying in the competition won’t last beyond week one?
Watch new episodes of The Great British Sewing Bee each week, beginning Wednesday 24 May on BBC iPlayer
Watch The Great British Sewing Bee series 1-8 on BBC iPlayer