It’s a busy week on BBC iPlayer from 24-30 June with a whole host of new delights to watch whenever you want, wherever you want, across the UK.
From audacious new drama We Hunt Together to drag queens under pressure in Keeping Up with Krystal Versace, more Great British Railway Journeys with Michael Portillo, The Repair Shop’s celebration of 75 years of the NHS and a new documentary, Rose Ayling-Ellis: Signs for Change challenging perceptions of the deaf community, there’s something for everyone – and so much more to explore.
What’s coming new to BBC iPlayer this week?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
What’s new to watch on BBC iPlayer now?
BBC iPlayer will once again be the ultimate viewing destination for Glastonbury on the BBC. Viewers will have the choice to be guided through the best of the festival with Clara Amfo , Lauren Laverne, Jack Saunders and Jo Whiley or watch the live streams from the five filmed stages, to create their own personal Glastonbury. Plus, with a range of new streams and themed channels available across twelve days this year (Monday 19 to Friday 30 June), in addition to the 40 hours of coverage on BBC iPlayer’s dedicated Glastonbury channel, 2023 will be BBC iPlayer’s most extensive Glastonbury celebration yet.
For the first time, the BBC’s famous Glastonbury Webcam will have its own stream on BBC iPlayer – Glasto-Cam Live, to launch at sunrise (4.30am) on Monday 19 June with a switch-on to be celebrated across BBC’s pop radio networks.
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.
- Watch series 1-12 of Not Going Out on BBC iPlayer
There She Goes: 2023 Special
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
- Watch There Shoe Goes series 1 and 2 on BBC iPlayer
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Norwegian comedy drama. Ester Sand, the one person you think will live forever, finds out she has cervical cancer on her 40th birthday. After the initial shock wears off, Ester comforts the people in her life, and she has no intention of leaving the world just yet. A story of love and life and all of the glorious and silly things we do before we die.
Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland
25 years on from a peace agreement being reached, Once Upon a Time in Northern Ireland shares intimate, unheard testimonies from all sides of the conflict. From the makers of the award-winning series Once Upon a Time in Iraq.
Featuring personal accounts from people who lived through The Troubles, sharing intimate stories from all sides of the conflict. The powerful new five-part documentary series combines personal accounts with archive footage to tell the story of the people and communities who had to live with violence on an everyday basis and are still dealing with its legacies today.
Witty, enigmatic DI Annika Strandhed heads up the marine homicide unit, tasked with solving murders in and around Scotland’s waters. Starring Nicola Walker, and based on the BBC Radio 4 drama Annika Stranded. Having recently transferred to Glasgow along with her teenage daughter, Annika and her new team are called in to solve the murder of a man found in the Clyde, a harpoon piercing his head.
RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Beautiful blooms, dazzling designs and prize-winning plants as gardeners go for gold at the world’s most famous flower show from the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Coverage begins with Nicki Chapman and Angellica Bell having exclusive access to the glitz and glamour of the opening day of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2023. They are joined by a team of gardening experts, including Rachel de Thame, who travels the world without even leaving the showground, and Toby Buckland, who shows us how to upgrade our gardens the Chelsea way.
Carol Klein is searching out the hidden treasures we are all going to want in our gardens, while James Wong uncovers the secrets to our lawns. And, as the show hosts its very first wedding, Nicki gets a lesson in creating floral garlands worthy of any celebration.
I Kissed A Boy
Get ready for the UK’s first ever gay dating show, where the path to love is never straight. It’s loud, it’s proud… and it all starts with a kiss.
The wait is over. In the spotlight, just boys who like boys. Fly in pop icon Dannii Minogue to play cupid, and it’s the party you don’t want to miss.
Ten single guys are matched up, and meet for the first time… with a kiss. No small talk. No messages. Just one kiss to test out their chemistry straight away. Will it be a polite peck? Or a passionate snog? And ultimately, will that first kiss lead to love?
Dannii Minogue has welcomed ten single guys to Italy to stay in a beautiful country house called the Masseria. Before the summer of love starts, the boys are matched up based on what they’re looking for in a partner. After meeting their match for the first time with a kiss, the boys are encouraged to get to know them and give their new relationship a good shot.
But ultimately, they have to do what’s right for them. Because in this show, EVERYONE is a possibility. And as the new couples settle into the masseria, they’ll discover there’s always room for one more at this party…
A true crime drama in two time periods. Set in both 1973 and the early 2000s, Steeltown Murders centres on the hunt to catch the killer of three young women in the Port Talbot area and the remarkable story of how – in the first case of its kind – the mystery was solved almost 30 years later using pioneering DNA evidence.
Contrasting the policing methods of the 1970s with the forensic breakthroughs of the early Noughties, Steeltown Murders is a portrait of a town dealing with the repercussions of an unsolved case three decades on, and asks if justice can ever truly be found.
Ten Pound Poms
In dreary post-war Manchester, Annie Roberts is at her wits’ end when husband Terry spends all his wages down the pub. Desperate for a better life for her children, Annie responds to an emigration advert that promises Brits a prosperous new life in Australia for a tenner.
Expecting whitewashed houses and sun-soaked adventures, the Roberts family arrive in Sydney to find life down under isn’t quite what they’ve been sold.
A new term gets underway back at Waterloo Road, returning for series 12.
When the old collides with the new, a perfect storm strikes the school. A community football match gets underway, and as Dwayne clashes with a new pupil whose arrival causes fireworks, he continues to rebel – finding himself trapped in a dangerous situation. Faced with the realities of fatherhood, Joe and Mike begin to question their future.
Elsewhere, Kai struggles with his feelings for Preston, and Danny makes a bold move as his future hangs in the balance. Kim has an uphill battle on her hands, and as she tries to introduce a new initiative to the school, she’s rocked by a blast from the past.
The charming Australian comedy drama returns for a third series.
Jacinda’s first day of kindergarten promises a new start for Oly and Santi until unexpected news spins Oly off her axis.
Matt Willis: Fighting Addiction
Musician, actor and dad of three, Matt Willis, may seem to have it all. He’s part of the hugely successful noughties pop band, Busted, has a flourishing acting career and is happily married to TV presenter Emma Willis, with whom he has three kids. But behind the success, there is one thing that often dominates his thoughts – his addictions.
In this raw and honest documentary, Matt opens up about his past and takes an extensive look into his battle with drugs and alcohol, how it has pushed him to the edge, and his daily struggle to keep himself clean and sober, talking about how he constantly lives with the fear of relapse and the pressure that puts on himself and his family.
11 Minutes: America’s Deadliest Mass Shooting
22,000 fans are in Las Vegas for a celebration of country music. Headliner Jason Aldean launches into his first set – then the gunfire starts.
Amid the confusion, groups of friends and families try to flee but get separated. An off-duty firefighter rescues the wounded as instinct takes over. Running left or running right could mean life or death.
Through emotional first-hand accounts and never-before-seen archival footage, this series recounts the largest mass shooting in US history, the 2017 Las Vegas Harvest music festival.
Get Set Galactic
This science-based gameshow sees two teams of young scientists visit S.T.A.R.S (Space Technology & Research Station) to take on a meteoric mission of fun challenges and win out-of-this world prizes.
First, they must work out if an object is heavier or lighter than another before placing it on a giant set of scales. Then the young scientists have to complete a huge fossil by digging for dinosaur parts in ball pits. Finally, the teams must make their way across a giant inflatable version of the solar system.
Can they get from Neptune to Mercury by stepping on every planet in the right order without getting knocked by the swinging stars?
Therapy: Tough Talking
Rapper, actor, and writer Kema Kay is struggling with his mental health. A difficult and tragic childhood have contributed to his doctor’s prognosis that he could be suffering from depression in his adult life. Having been advised to try therapy, Kema bravely allows cameras inside his therapy sessions to follow his progress.
The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show
Chris and Rosie Ramsey return for a second series. Filmed in front of a live studio audience, the always up-for-a-laugh, always startlingly honest husband and wife presenting duo will be joined by another celebrity couple to poke fun at life, relationships, annoyances, parenting and absolutely everything in between, as well as sharing their relationship highs and, let’s face it, most importantly, their ‘beefs’.
Other popular elements include Please Keep Me Anonymous, where a well-known face reads out some terrifying audience confessions, and It Goes Or I Go, where audience members compete to rid themselves of something their loved one just refuses to remove from the house.
- Watch new episodes of The Chris & Rosie Ramsey Show each week from Friday 12 May on BBC iPlayer
- Watch series one on BBC iPlayer now
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