All of the must-see shows on iPlayer are BBC dramas

All of the must-see shows on iPlayer are BBC dramas

The following are some of the finest BBC dramas available for viewing right now on BBC iPlayer.

If you''re looking for a new fantastic BBC drama to watch, here''s our list of the best BBC dramas you can enjoy, including how many episodes there are, and what the critics said.

What are the best BBC dramas to watch right now?


The widespread use of "spycops" in the United Kingdom is a form of undercover policing to seek information, which has resulted in a massive skept in the country.

"Inspired in part by real events, and set in the Nottinghamshire mining village where Graham grew up," says the BBC. Serwoodis, a contemporary drama, whose focus is on two shocking and unexpected killings that have sparked a massive manhunt.

"As suspicion and antipathy strengthen, between lifelong neighbours and towards the police forces who descend on the town, the tragic killings threaten to enrage historic divisions that the Miners'' strike sparked three decades ago."

One season in a row

6 Episodes

Average episode length: 56 mins

"This drama, which features David Morrissey, Lesley Manville, Joanne Froggatt, and a host of other prominent performers, will be one of this years most spectacular shows. Written by James Graham, the thought-provoking series follows us inside a Nottinghamshire village that was once completely separated from the 1984 miners strike. The killing has been shattered by a couple of unexpected murders.

"This is so much more than another detective thriller," says the writer Graham, who lived in these neighborhoods and has spent his whole life waiting to tell this story about the struggle for a community''s soul.


Ian (Sean Bean) and Emma (Nicola Walker) discuss their 27-year marriage and their struggles with all of the uncertainties, anxieties, and hopes that are tied to them. The drama explores the potentials and benefits of a long-term relationship.

When we meet the first met Ian and Emma, theyre leaving a Spanish airport returning from a lovely holiday and arguing over a baked potato! It''s a long-running dispute, which will set the stage for the four-part series.

One season of seasons

4 Episodes

Average episode length: 56 mins

"An intense look at the intimateness of married life, which for some will feel like a blink-and-you-miss backwater," says one of the participants, who seeks to discover the complex landscape of long-term relationships. It''s time to take a breather on the back of tomorrow."

You Don''''t Know Me

This courtroom drama reveals a young man who is accused of murdering and who communicates his story with the jury in a desperate attempt to preserve his freedom.

"The drama focuses on a young man, who, with enormous evidence against him, is accused of murder. "At his trial, Hero tells an extraordinary story. It is about Kyra, who was in serious trouble. Its about how he committed everything he can to save her. "It''s not about you, and you want him to do that," says the man.

Seasons number: 1

4 Episodes

Average episode length: 55 mins

Conversations With Friends

Frances (Alison Oliver) and her former girlfriend Bobbi are inseparable and perform poetry together in Dublin. They are met by journalist Melissa (Jemima Kirke), who opens her eyes to the other. Nick and Frances is unable to resist during a secret affair.

This intense desire has soon pushed the bonds between Frances and Bobbi and forced Frances to reevaluate what she believes she is doing.

Seasons for each season: 1

12 Episodes

Time limit for the average episode

"Prepare to become totally obsessful about this long-awaited adaptation of author Sally Rooneys'' equally addictive debut novel."

"Charting the relationship between self-effacing young student Frances (an impressive first TV appearance from Alison Oliver) and older actor Nick (Joe Alwyn) the 12-part drama is packed with charged looks, ending awkwardness, and frenzied text messages as they try to clear their emotions and gradually emerge from the shadows of their dominant other sides. Nicks wife Melissa (Jemima Kirke) and Frances best friend and ex-girlfriend Bobbi (Sasha Lane)

Gentleman Jack

It''s a BBC period drama based on Anne Lister''s coded diaries. The first season followed Anne''s blossoming relationship with Ann Walker (Sophie Rundle) and ended with their marriage.

The second season, after a three-year wait, has finally begun. This season, Anne and Ann''s relationship will evolve as the couple enter Shibden Hall together and begin to try and combine their estates. In 1830s Yorkshire, the couple continued to sparked discord.

The number of seasons in question: 2

16 episodes

The average episode length is 58 minutes.

"We were pleasantly surprised to see Anne Lister (the brilliant Suranne Jones) return in all her top-hatted glory for a second run of the most powerful period drama," said We. After a three-year wait, we said: "It''s been fantastic to see Anne Lister reprise all of her top-hatted glory for a second season."

The Split

The Beeb has recently released its third and final season, and all six episodes are now available for download on BBC iPlayer.

In this shocking divorce drama, we follow divorce lawyer Hannah Stern and her partner, Nathan (Stephen Mangan) as she navigates the world of high-end divorce in London.

Hannah tackles a variety of complex situations in her day job, but her own relationship is put to the test in Abi Morgan''s show. Nicola Walker said she''ll not go where you might expect it to be, but she also said: "It''s beautifully complicated and [creator and writer] Abi Morgan doesn''t shy away from how messy this will get."

Three seasons of season

6 episodes per season

Average episode length: 58 mins

The first episode of series 3 of the Stern-Defoe clan is coming to an end for a difficult third and final series, and it was worth the wait!

Peaky Blinders

Season 6 of this massively popular drama series has premiered, and it was the last episode. Right now, all of the previous series are available on iPlayer.

Cillian Murphy, a gangster from Birmingham, is enchanting. The fantastic cast for the series included Sam Neill, Tom Hardy, and Helen McCrory, who received a major recognition in the first episode.

If you''ve not begun watching, it''s time to sign up... by order of the Peaky Blinders!

Seasons number 6

6 episodes per season

Average episode length: 56 minutes

"We rejoin the story in 1933, with Prohibition ending and fascism on the rise," says the opener''s director. However, the lucrative US opium market that caught Tommy''s attention has been dwindled. Grab your flat caps and get a little luck with an exciting opening, which includes a fitting goodbye to Aunt Polly, played by Helen McCrory."

Life After Life

The title of Kate Atkinson''s new novel is currently available on BBC Two, but it has been made available on iPlayer.

Ursula Todd (Thomasin McKenzie) gets a sneak peek at her face after passing away the night she was born.

From that point, she continues to be reborn throughout difficult periods in recent history, and her journey includes examining whether one person can ever achieve a perfect living.

Seasons of the Year: 1

4 Episodes

Average episode length: 54 minutes

"This stunning four-part adaptation of Kate Atkinsons'' award-winning novel gives a fresh perspective on the period drama genre," we add.

Noughts and Crosses

Despite the odds, Malorie Blackman''s critically acclaimed YA novels is available on BBC. (opens in a new tab) in a dystopian London where Sephy (Masali Baduza) and Callum (Jack Rowan fall in love. Can they erupt the divide between the black elite and the white underclass?

Season 2 on iPlayer brings us back to present-day London with the controversies over Romeo & Juliet''s love affair with Sephy, a member of the elite, and black ''Cross'' people, as well as Callum, who is a white ''Nought.''

Two seasons of season

10 Episodes

Average episode length: 50 minutes

"Selling season 2 brings viewers back to Albion''s dangerous, alternate world, expects surprises, suspense, and, of course, plenty of forbidden love."


It''s a funny psychological thriller that follows Becky Green (Erin Doherty) as she investigates Chloe''s tragic death (Poppy Gilbert) in the dark.

After receiving a call from Chloe in the middle of the night, Becky decides to find a way to take herself into Chloe''s inner circle by adopting a false identity.

As "Sasha," Becky embarks on a much more fulfilling life than her actual one. Yet, as she progresses closer to the truth, Becky becomes increasingly interested in Sasha''s more active friends.

The number of seasons in this group is 1:

6 Episodes

Average episode length: 58 minutes

"Erin Doherty was fantastic in the last two sets of as Princess Anne, and she''s just as compelling in this thriller as lonely office temp Becky... this is a pleasure to watch, with twists aplenty, and an uncanny heroine."

This Is Going To Hurt

A seven-part comedy-rama adapted from Adam Kay''s work of the same name (opens in a new tab).

As Adam himself, Ben Whishaw sees the young doctor face the many challenges that come with working in obstetrics and gynaecology, according to Kay''s memoir.

It''s both positive and powerful and manages to blend humor in with particularly difficult scenes; newcomer Ambika Mod is not to be missed as junior doctor Shruti is also not.

The number of seasons of the year has been set at 1:

7 Episodes

The average episode length is 45 minutes.

"Back-to-back shifts, hypochondriacs, and racist mothers-to-be are all in a day work for Adam (Ben Whishaw) in his best-selling memoir. Adams day involves getting drenched in blood, mentoring anxious trainee Shruti (Ambika Mod) and shameing his friends when he has to work another shift. This is a memorial to the NHS, but it is a reminder of the pressure we exert on the people in it."

The Responder

Chris Carson, a police officer who is attempting to save his marriage and keep his head above water, is leading the cast, according to Tony Schumacher. This is his first mainstream television documentary, which explains how their survival is dependent on them either helping or dismantling each other.

As season 2 approaches, there''s something to be aware of.

Seasons of the Year: 1

5 Episodes

The average episode length is 56 minutes.

"Smoothmansvisceral''s performance in this edgy five-part series reflects his personality." Full of dark comedy and painful tragedy, it''s a powerful portrait of life as a frontline police officer," says the author.

Rules of the Game

Sam, a hard-headed manager at a family-run business in the North West, is in a four-part series about sexual politics in the modern workplace.

Sam is forced to deal with non-mistakable behavior in the present, but also with hidden secrets from the past when she arrives at work one day to discover a deceased body at his office.

Maya, a new HR director with intent to demantle the "old-fashioned lad culture" within the organization, starts investigating historic instances of misconduct in the organization, but is confronted with remorse. Sam defends the assumption of institutional bias against women, believing that such behavior is only in the past...

Seasons of the Year: 1

4 Episodes

57 minutes average episode length

"There are a lot of dark secrets in the future, and fans will have to keep an eye on the mysteries inside Fly Dynamic."

Four Lives

Four lives were taken in Barking, Essex, between June 2014 and September 2015, when serial killer Stephen Port (played by Stephen Merchant) robbed, raped, and killed four innocent civilians. In the three-part drama, the story of four victims of Stephen Port Anthony Walgate, Gabriel Kovari, Daniel Whitworth, and Jack Taylor, and how their families and friends have worked tirelessly to uncover what happened to them. Sheridan Smith also plays Sarah Sak, Port''s first victim.

Seasons of season 1

3 Episodes

Average episode length: 59 minutes

"Estees a harrowing representation of Stephen Port''s horrific crimes, which might be a tough task at times, but is perfectly depicted by a fantastic cast."

The Tourist

This twist-laden, action-packed, darkly comic drama follows The Man, a Brit, who has ended up Down Under and is being chased by a massive truck, which tries to flee the scene.

After an astounding pursuit, The Man wakes up sometime later in hospital but has no idea of his name or identity. However, as people from his past return to haunt him, he faces a struggle against time to discover who he was before he is discovered by those who want to silence him forever...

One season of seasons

6 Episodes

Average episode length: 59 minutes

"We will bring mystery and intrigue to viewers as they try and figure out who this mysterious man is in the Australian outback."

A Very British Scandal

This episode, based on a true story, is billed by the BBC as "sex, secrets, and shame."

Focuses on Margaret, the Duchess of Argyll (Claire Foy,) after her public divorce from the Duke (Paul Bettany,).

The press and the surrounding women blamed Margaret for their marriage''s breakdown, and the prosecution against her involved vast accusations including theft, violence, and drug abuse. The series explores their high-profile divorce and the legal case that ensued, while also analysing the political conditions of postwar Britain.

1 season for the Olympics

Three episodes

Average episode length: 59 minutes

"The three-part drama, which takes you into the uber-privileged and party-packed aristocratic world, is fantastic viewing, with excellent performances by Claire and Paul."

Around the World in 80 Days

David Tennant takes on the role of globetrotting adventurer Phileas Fogg, alongside his newly-employed French valet Passepartout (Ibrahim Koma) and journalist Abigail "Fix" Fortescue (Leonie Benesch).

This BBC series follows the intrepid trio as they journey across the globe, hoping to win an outlandish bet. Like every other adaptation of Jules Verne''s classic adventure, this is a film about the intrepid trio.

Seasons for the XII

8 Episodes

Duration of the episode average: 49 minutes

"The classic novel from Jules Vernes has been used many times on the screen, and this spectacular eight-part series brings the story to a new generation of viewers."

Ridley Road

Follows Vivien Epstein (Agnes OCasey), a Manchester Jewish hairdresser who flees her abusive parents and visits London to seek her true love, Jack Morris (Tom Varey).

She visits Ridley Road, Jacks last address, but is warned off by her uncle, Soly Malinovsky (Eddie Marsan), and Soly''s wife Nancy (Tracy-Ann Oberman).

Vivien is back in London, but she is horrified to discover Jack has gone missing while working undercover to infiltrate the neo-Nazi National Socialist Movement, led by Colin Jordan (Rory Kinnear).

Vivien, led by Soly and Nancy, has decided to go undercover to find Jack with the help of the anti-fascist 62 group.

Seasons of season: 1

4 Episodes (no episodes are available to watch)

Average episode length: 59 minutes

"Inspired by real events, this elegant series set in the 1960s London stars a wide array of British acting abilities," says one expert.


Couldn''t get enough of? Well, the makers of both series have made a new submarine thriller,! actress Suranne Jones is a DCI Amy Silva.

When there appears to be a connection between the mysterious disappearance of a fishing boat and the death of a nuclear submarine, Silva is called in.

The two incidents lead to a conflict between the Navy and British security services. While Amy''s old colleague and flame DS Kirsten Longacre ('''' Rose Leslie) is traveling back to England to discover more clues. What she discovers is a conspiracy that puts Britain''s nuclear deterrent in jeopardy. Is her life in danger?

Fans of season 2 are spoilts!

Seasons of the Year: 1

Six episodes of this year''s episode (all now available to watch)

Average episode length: 59 minutes

"It''s an outlandish scene, but it''s a rollicking story, and it''s a lot of fun," we say.


Celine Buckens and Tracy Ifeachor are from the people who are behind the scenes.

Talitha, the daughter of a famous billionaire, is on trial for murdering a Bristol student in a legal drama.

Cleo, a lawyer who is tasked with defending Talitha, is she simply a poor little rich girl who was used as a scapegoat? Or is Talitha a cold-blooded killer?

One season of seasons

5 episodes of the series (all now available to watch)

Average episode length: 59 minutes

"A fascinating exploration of how attitudes toward class and gender can inturn the legal process," the author adds.

Silent Witness

Amanda Burton, who once served as pathologist Sam Ryan in season 25, was recalled.

Everyone wanted to know before the start of the series if Nikki (Emilia Fox) and Jack (David Caves) would finally seunion.

Nikki is trying to figure out if she can trust Sam or not in the main plot...

25 seasons per season

Over 200 episodes!

Average episode length: 59 minutes

"The high-stakes story, which covers all six episodes, sees Sam contact Nikki and her team after shooting her husband and a high-ranking politician," we say of the opening episode.

You Don''''t Know Me

Tom Edge, the actor who made the novel, brings Imran Mahmood''s best-selling novel (opens in a new tab) to the screen, and has a great deal of acting abilities on the show.

The courtroom drama, which stars Samuel Adewunmi, recounts a young man being tried for murder, who expresses his gratitude to the jury in a desperate effort to keep his freedom.

"At his trial, Hero tells an unusual story. It is about Kyra, the woman he loves, who faced various difficulties. Its about how he risked everything to save her. But in the end, everything you need to do is ask: do you believe him?"

Seasons for each season: 1

4 episodes (all now available on BBC iPlayer)

59 minutes average episode length

"It''s a deep and authentic tale, which is perfectly complemented by Tom Edge, the filmmaker who adapted it for television," one critic says.


In BBC1''s stunning three-part prison drama, directed by respected British TV writer Jimmy McGovern, Sean Bean plays Mark Cobden, a guilt-ridden teacher who died when he accidentally killed an innocent man.

Mark, who is separated from his family, is sentenced to four years in prison where he meets prison officer Eric McNally (Stephen Graham), who does his best to protect the inmates from the dangers of living in jail.

If Erics softer side becomes a weakness, Eric faces an impossible choice between his principles and protecting his loved ones. Both Eric and Mark are still stuck by their pasts and uncertain of their futures, do they need to survive and strengthen?

One season in a row

3 Episodes

59 minutes duration of the episode

Despite the harrowing nature of some scenes, we say, "We''ve enjoyed seeing Sean Bean and Stephen Graham in." But let''s face it, a Jimmy McGovern drama about prison life wasn''t going to be in any way gentle."

The Pursuit of Love

In this compelling drama based on three women''s true stories, all names have been changed. The need for anonymity is because Theresa (Sinead Keenan), Hannah (Amy James-Kelly, and Rosie (Genevieve OReilly) are trapped in the worst of Northern Ireland''s strict, divisive abortion laws.

Seasons for each season: 1

2 Episodes

Average episode length: 59 minutes

"As subjects go, you can''t get much more serious, poignant or brave than this," we said, but it''s a triumph thanks to a respectful, balanced approach, coupled with heartfelt performances."

Line of Duty

The first episode of Season 6 of about 10 million people have been tuned in, so if you missed it, now is the time to catch up! Jed Mercurio''s like Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), DI Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and DS Steve Arnott have all returned.

Hastings is eyeing for DCI Joanne Davidson, played by and star Kelly Macdonald, during his final season. But is Joanne corrupt? And will we finally discover who H is? The previous five seasons on iPlayer are also available!

Six seasons of season

38 episodes

58 minutes long average episode length

"has once more prepared on gas with a belter of a first episode," says one writer.

Call the Midwife

The second series of series, along with the Christmas special for 2021, has recently been released. Plus, there are ten previous versions to watch.

Helen George (Trixie Franklin), Jenny Agutter (Sister Julienne), Leonie Elliott (Lucille Anderson), and Linda Bassett (Phyllis Crane) were all back for season 11.

"Its Easter 1967, and celebrations for a colorful Easter bonnet parade outside Nonnatus House," the BBC says. Sister Monica Joan and Reggie are ecstatic about the Eurovision Song Contest, while Cyril and Lucille settle into a blissful married life..."

On the set of seasons, there are 11 people in attendance.

96 (9 episodes a season, except seasons 1 and 11) episodes

Average episode length: 58 minutes

"While Christmas specials ofalways whet our appetites at the beginning of each season, there is nothing better than a whole series to get our teeth into. Settle down and enjoy the heartfelt and heartfelt drama from Nonnatus House.

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James Nesbitt stars in this stunning new thriller set in Belfast. He is directed by DCI Tom Brannick, who is dedicated to daughter Izzy and a detective from over 20 years.

When a vehicle is pulled from the river at Strangford Lough, Brannick and his fiancee DS Niamh McGovern are called to investigate.

Pat Keenan, a man with links to the IRA, has nowhere to find, but Brannick is clearly shaken when a postcard featuring an image of Belfast''s iconic Samson and Goliath cranes is discovered hidden in the wing mirror.

Brannick tells senior officer Jackie Twomey (s Lorcan Cranitch) that he fears the legendary serial killer who avoided capture during The Troubles has returned. Its then revealed that one of the Goliath victims was Brannick''s own wife, Emma.

Season 2 of Note: There''s a long way to go.

Seasons of the Year: 1

6 episodes

Duration of the episode average: 58 minutes

James Nesbitt gives Brannick an edge and his sincerity, and with twists and an almighty cliffhanger at the conclusion of episode one, this looks like a weekend hit!

The Syndicate

Each season of follows a new story, and so far weve seen characters living in a Leedssupermarket, a public hospital inBradford, and even a crumbly stately home nearScarborough.

In Season 4, we follow a group of kennel workers who discover their employment is in danger before learning they have won the lottery.

When a newsagent titled Frank (Neil Morrissey) tells them they''ve won 500 only for the group to later suspect they have won the 27million jackpot, there is something odd.

There is still a problem Frank isn''t to be found, nor do they have the cash. Can they track him down?

Frank takes it and it changes his life and the lives of everyone he meets, according to Neil Morrissey.

Number of seasons: 4 [only series 4 is currently on iPlayer]

6 Episodes

Average episode length: 58 minutes

"While it is never too demanding, it is always satisfying," the Guardian says.

Death in Paradise

Season 11 is the most recent series of this immensely popular drama. And if you''ve never seen this fantastic series before, all of the previous series are also available to watch. Neville (Ralf Little) and his team are aiming to investigate more cases.

The program is well-known for its unusual murder mysteries. Can you slap the case?

Seasons 11 (season 12 is on course, plus a spin-off called)

Episodes: 8 per series

Average episode length: 58 minutes

What the critics say is The Guardian: (opens in a new tab) (BBC1) has become the comfortable jumper of British television. It is familiar, warm, and reliable, and it continues to make a murder themed program seem cosy and soothing.

Baptiste season 2

Tcheky Karyo is back in charge of a completely new case. This time, he is assisting British Ambassador Emma Chambers (played by Fiona Shaw) in tracking down her missing family while also dealing with his own familia tragedy.

Karyo said that there are different time periods in the present day than the 14 months before. In the present day, we see Julien falling and screaming at the world with his pain. His parents are a wreck. He is now losing his temper and drinking. It''s a special journey for him this time.

Two seasons of seasons

Episodes: 6 per series [all episodes of Season 2 are now available on iPlayer]

Average episode length: 56 minutes

What the critics say: The Guardian wrote: The connection between the Chambers family kidnapping more than a year ago and the present day slowly builds, with the shows writers and brothers Harry and Jack Williams cleverly skipping between the past and the present.

Pose season 3

This powerful play reflects New York''s drag and ballroom culture in the 80s and 90s, as well as showing the lives of members of gay and trans people who, facing discrimination, moved into "Houses" under a dominant Mother figure.

The very-loved LGBT drama finished airing in the United States earlier this year. The series tipped off BBC Two in early August, but all eight episodes of the final season are now available on BBC iPlayer!

Season 3 of Season 2 will begin with Season 3, but Blanca invites people from across the LGBT community to provide better treatment for those living with HIV, while juggling motherhood and working as a nurse in an AIDS hospital.

Three seasons of seasons

Episodes: 26 (8 episodes in series 1 and 3, 10 in series 2)

Average episode length: 50 minutes

What IndieWire said of the criticism: "Pose has carved its imposing mark on Hollywood, one that will not soon be forgotten. It earned the freedom to fantasize, dream big, and paint with broad and colorful brushes."

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Peter Laurence, a talented politician who has his eye on the Prime Minister, stars Hugh Laurie (played by Helen McCrory). In the thriller penned by writer David Hare, Laurence has a pile of enemies and his life is rapidly going out of control...

Hugh says: is a political drama about the price of success in the political arena, and what it demands of the people who do it, and those who do it. It''s pretty unforgiving.

One season of seasonal changes

4 Episodes

Average episode length: 58 minutes

What the critics say is that According to The Daily Mail Christopher Stevens says this story, if any actor is less likeable than Hugh, would be unanswered.


Tom Hollander, who plays Douglas Petersen in the play, is stunned when his wife Connie (Saskia Reeves) tells him she isn''t sure she wants to marry him anymore.

Douglas embarks on a fantastic tour of Europe to gain back his wife''s love. And to restore his difficult relationship with their son Albie. The series will feature some stunning locations including Paris, Amsterdam, and Venice.

One season of season

4 Episodes

Average episode duration: 58 minutes

What the critics say is that sometimes the middle-class, massive-kitchen-ness of can teeter just on the edge of smug, but in the end I was unassuming: The Guardian


This is a follow-up to the extraordinary drama. Its by the same writer Mike Bartlett, although neither Suranne Jones nor Jodie Comer reprise their roles. However, Victoria Hamilton does not return as Gemmas neighbour from.

Anna Baker, who is split into four apartments, has decided to divorce her mother. tells the story of residents of a large house that she is not comfortable with following her divorce.

Alison Steadman, Peter Davison, and Adrian Lester are among the actors'' most notable figures.

One season in a row

6 Episodes

Average episode length: 58 minutes

What the critics say is that the new BBC1 series is a mixed bag: poignant one moment, horribly cliched the other, before upending expectations again with an emotional gut-punch. (opens in a new tab) - The Independent.

I May Destroy You

When the drama was screened on BBC1, it was a difficult time to notice. Several discussions ensued about sexual assualt, consent, and racial identity.

Michaela Coel, who previously appeared in the comedy E4s, has written, co-directed, and executive.

Arabella, a famous writer, has been described as being raped during a weekend in London by flashbacks.

Arabella and her friends, Terry (Weruche Opia) and Kwame (Paapa Essiedu, are following her and their wives in a new tab. She struggles to deal with what she has done, and seeks justice for her and other victims of sexual assault.

1 season number

12 Episodes

The average episode length is 28 to 35 minutes.

What critics claim is that this is the year''s best drama? (opens in a new tab) - The Guardian

A Suitable Boy

Vikram Seth''s bestselling book''s adaptation (opens in a new tab) is apparently one of the most expensive BBC series ever made.

On location in Indian cities such as Lucknow, Maheshwar, and Kanpur, this coming-of-age tale about university student Lata (Tanya Maniktala) who is expected to become the next member of her family to marry.

While the traditional Hindu family may not approve when Kabir meets and falls for him, Kabir, who comes from a Muslim family, there is a possibility.

Andrew Davies, the writer of such TV scenes as and. was adapted for TV.

One season in a row

6 Episodes

Average episode length: 58-59 minutes

What the critics say is, come down for an Indian summer of love with this ambitious approach (opens in new tab) - The Evening Standard


J.K. Rowling, a professional author, achieved a series of novels with detective Cormoran Strike, the name of Robert Galbraith in his pen name. (opens in a new tab)

It took long for the mystery to be solved who wrote the books!

Tom Burke (from) plays Robin Ellacott, a BBC adaptation show.

The first series (opens in a new tab) includes books adaptations, and.

Martin Shaw, Tara Fitzgerald, Sian Phillips, and Kierston Wareing are among the guest cast members (who played Kirsty Branning on ).

On iPlayer, a fourth adaptation (opens in a new tab) is also now available for viewing.

Seasons of the Year: 4

11 episodes

Duration of the episode average: 60 minutes

What the critics claim: It''s impossible to not wonder if the book series'' TV adaptation would have been approved if it had not been for Rowlings'' name (opens in a new tab) - The Hollywood Reporter

The Secrets She Keeps

This six-part Aussie psychological thriller is based on the same name as Michael Robotham (opens in a new tab).

Meghan (Jessica de Gouw) is the story of a sweet mummy born in Sydney.

Meghan, a successful online blogger, is pregnant with her third child and is married to a TV presenter, Jack (Michael Dorman, from the classic Aussie drama ).

Agatha, a pregnant supermarket employee who played Lady Edith Crawley in, has a life that couldn''t be different. She appears to be unconcerned of her family. Plus the military man who got her pregnant isn''t ready to be a dad.

Two women come face-to-face one day and then there are NO SPOILERS! Except to say that both characters are hiding shady secrets that might turn lives upside down.

Listen to the theme music, as well as an alternate version of Kylies'' No.1 hit.

Seasons: 1

6 Episodes

Average episode length: 43 minutes

What the critics claim is that a Yummy mummy thriller is a guilty, predictable pleasure (opens in a new tab) - The Guardian

Make Me Famous

Tilly Keeper, who played Louise Mitchell, is a member of this one-off BBC Three drama (opens in a new tab) written by Reggie Yates, a TV presenter/dJ/actor.

It explores the downsides of reality television choices, as well as its benefits on TV participants and their relatives.

On a reality show called Love or Lust, Tom Brittney, who plays Will Davenport in an ITV detective drama.

Billy believed he would become an instant star. Nevertheless, a year after the show has ended, Billy is discovering that fame and life in the spotlight isn''t just what he thought it would be.

Amanda Abbington stars as Billys mother. While a former star, Emma Rigby plays a former contestant on Love or Lust.

Seasons of the Year: 1

1 Episode

The average episode length is 54 minutes.

What the critics say is a reality television fable without much of a morality (opens in a new tab) - The Independent

Sitting In Limbo

This feature-length factual drama based on Anthony Bryan''s real-life character (played by one-time star Patrick Robinson (opens in new tab)), a Jamaican-born man who legally immigrated to the United Kingdom when he was young.

He has lived in Britain for 50 years when he was discovered accused of being an illegal immigrant by the Home Office and threatened with being fired.

Anthony was a member of the windrush generation, with people coming from Caribbean countries before 1973.

Anthony and over 80 other black Britons were wrongly detained and denied legal rights as part of this political scandal.

Bryan''s half-brother, novelist Stephen S Thompson, is written and shows what happened when Bryan fought for the right to stay, and the effects all of this on the Bryans family.

Seasons of season 1

1 episode

Average episode length: 86 minutes

What the critics claim is that the UK Windrush scandal drama is crucial to viewing (opens in a new tab) - Den Of Geek

Normal People

The first episode of BBC Three will be available for free, followed by weekly broadcasts on BBC1, which opens in a new tab. This is the first part of a specific event TV series that everyone seemed to be talking about at the time.

It''s a remake of Sally Rooney''s popular novel, about the complicated relationship between school friends Marianne Sheridan (Daisy Edgar-Jones) and Connell Waldron (Paul Mescal) as they grow young and learning at Trinity College in Dublin.

The cast has since produced several spoof comedy scenes for Comic Relief in Ireland, revealing what happens to Marianne and Connell in Normal Older People (opens in new tab). A plus the actors confess all confessions to a priest played by Andrew Scott.

Seasons of the Year: 1

12 Episodes

Average episode length: 23-34 minutes

What the critics say is a true, engaging love tale (opens in a new tab) - Vulture

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Small Axe

A collection of films conceived and directed by award-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen () was set within the Londons West Indian community from the late 1960s to the early 80s, according to the BBC as a celebration of Black joy, beauty, love, friendship, family, and even food.

Five films showcased top-tier performers, including John Boyega, Letitia Wright, Shaun Parkes, and Michael Ward, to name a few.

Throughout the awards season this year, every film was well praised by critics (especially) and received lots of attention, including leading the 2021 BAFTA TV Awards.

Seasons of season 1

5 films per year

Average length: 60-80 minutes (is 127 minutes long)

McQueen gives his audience a dizzying, sensuous escape, and his characters a rare opportunity to be themselves. - Empire, on

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Mrs. America

Cate Blanchett has been nominated for an Emmy Award for her role as real-life activist Phyllis Schlafly in this drama series about the emergence of the womens liberation movement (opens in a new tab) in the 1970s.

Phyllis was active against feminism and abortion and believed that a woman''s place was at home, loving her husband. In the 1970s, she campaigned extensively to overturn the Equal Rights Act.

Phyllis vs. anti-feminists of the time, including Gloria Steinem (played by Rose Byrne) and Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman).

Dhavi Waller, a former writer for, created (opens in a new tab).

As Phylliss'' wealthy lawyer husband, star Jon Slattery is seen in the show.

Seasons: 1

9 Episodes

Average episode length: 43-54 minutes

What the critics say is that Cate Blanchett is so powerful as a anti-feminist in the 1970s (opens in a new tab) - The Independent

Fort Salem

We might do with some supernatural protection from three kick-ass witches with everything we''re doing right now in the world!

Raelle Collar (played by Taylor Hickson), Scylla Ramshorn (Amalia Holm) and Tally Craven (Jessica Sutton), two witches who join the US army, is followed in this entertaining fantasy drama (also known as (opens in new tab) in the United States!

The series will be set in a different, present-day America where women now rule the world.

After a horrific attack at a shopping mall, Raelle, Abigail, and Tally must use their army training as well as magical powers to protect the country.

Season 2 is also available.

Some of the people who worked on Trivia: The ancient witch language known on the series.

Seasons of the Year: 2

10 Episodes

Average episode length: 41 to 51 minutes

What the critics claim is that Imagines an America defended by witches and things look horrified (opens in a new tab) - E!

Good Trouble

This US drama is actually a spin-off from the film, which focuses on a diverse foster family living in San Diego, California.

If you haven''t seen the original series before, then it''s not really important. This (opens in a new tab) is pretty much its own thing.

As they enter new lives and careers in Los Angeles, Callie Adams Foster (Maia Mitchell) and her adopted sister Mariana Adams Foster are followed.

The sisters now have a funky living space called The Coterie in downtown LA.

Along with Alice (Sherry Cola), Gael (Tommy Martinez) and bartender and political activist Malika Adele manage the apartment complex.

There''s something for everyone who likes it. The series 4 has been renewed.

Four seasons: (3 available on iPlayer)

31 episodes

The average episode length is 42-50 minutes.

What the critics say is that Good Trouble is the first good Gen Z drama on TV (opens in a new tab) - Vox

Classic BBC dramas everyone should watch!

Waterloo Road

It has always been popular since iPlayer was added as a box set in 2019, and it''s easy to see why. While Waterloo Road is nothing but your typical Manchester comprehensive school, the teachers are drawn into just as many incidents as the pupils!

There were a wide spectrum of actors, including Phoebe Dynevor and Rege-Jean Page, Chelsee Healey, Jenna Coleman, and Adam Thomas, to name just a few.

If you find yourself drawn in, there''s good news; season 11 is already in production and on its way later this year. The next season will investigate contemporary issues with a whole new set of employees and students.

The number of seasons is 10 (season 11 will be released this autumn).

200 Episodes

The average episode length is 59 minutes.

What the critics say

Last Tango In Halifax

Celia Dawson (Anne Reid) and Alan Buttershaw (Derek Jacobi) are in touch for a second chance for love 60 years after their first meeting.

The pair have been reunited after their children have convinced them to join Facebook.

Caroline Lancashire, the rest of the main cast, has played Celias'' daughter, who begins an affair with a female work colleague after being cheated on by her husband, John (Tony Gardner).

Gillian, Nicola Walker''s relationship with Paul (Sacha Dhawan) has erupted in a conflict with her son, Raf (Josh Bolt).

After a long break (opens in a new tab) due to writer Sallys'' many other projects, he will star in a fifth series in 2020, which was watched by more than 7 million people on BBC One.

Seasons of the Year: 5

24 Episodes

Duration of the simulated episode: 60 minutes

What the critics say is a magnificent, mellow Sunday reassurance (opens in a new tab) - The Guardian

Killing Eve

Season 3 of this BAFTA-winning spy-drama received majority approval from telly critics when it was released, while season 4 also had its critics.

Season 1 of Phoebe Waller-Bridge of fame was the head writer and executive producer.

If you haven''t seen the series before, you may follow the international cat-and-mouse chase between MI5 agent Eve Polastri (played by Sandra Oh of fame) and assassin, Villanelle (Jody Comer, who won a BAFTA for the role).

Carolyn Martens (Fiona Shaw, who also won a BAFTA for the role), the head of the Russian Section at MI6 who sends Eve off on various secret missions. Plus, Konstantin Vasilev (Kim Bodnia), who is Villanelles'' handler and a sort of father figure, is among the actors supporting the roles.

The series began life as the novel, Codename Villanelle (opens in a new tab) by British author Luke Jennings. He has since written two sequels.

Four seasons each

32 Episodes

Average episode length: 41 to 55 minutes

What the critics claim is that this once-thrilling comedy drama has grown stale and predictable (opens in a new tab) - The Independent

The Killing

In this fantastic Danish crime series, Sofie Grabl has become a star of international fame. This is why all three seasons are available to watch on iPlayer. Fans were nearly as captivated by the Lunds jumper collection as they were by the slow-burner cases.

Three seasons in length

40 Episodes

Average episode length: 56 minutes

"For the great and abiding pleasure remains Grabl''s gloriously enthullable expression in one of the finest ever demonstrations of unmonstrative acting," the Guardian said.

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