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Lockdown Special: What to watch on BBC iPlayer (A-Z)

As Lockdown continues we have sifted through BBC iPlayer to save you the trouble and have found some film and TV gems that might make everything a bit more bearable!

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

To save his own job, Alan gets radio colleague Pat laid off, but when the man returns to the relaunched station with a shotgun and a siege ensues, Alan is given the high-profile role of go-between, trying to appease both the hostage taker and armed police. So lots of people have Alan in their sights. Hit big screen spin-off for the self-obsessed former TV ‘personality’, from BBC Films.

Arena: Master of the Canvas

When pop artist Peter Blake confessed that his fantasy was to be the mysterious masked wrestler Kendo Nagasaki, who never speaks and never removes his mask, little did he know what the consequences would be. Poet and television producer Paul Yates, also fascinated by the persona of Nagasaki, read the article and proceeded to research the possibility of Blake painting Nagasaki’s portrait as a centrepiece for a film which would also, he hoped, include an exclusive interview with Nagasaki himself. Does he exist outside the ring and, if so, who is he? (1992)

Arena: Nicolas Roeg – It’s About Time

The first major profile of the great British film director Nicolas Roeg, examining his very personal vision of cinema as in such films as Don’t Look Now, Performance, Walkabout and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Roeg reflects on his career, which began as a leading cinematographer, and on the themes that have obsessed him, such as our perception of time and the difficulty of human relationships. With contributions from key collaborators, including Julie Christie, Jenny Agutter and Theresa Russell, and directors he has inspired such as Danny Boyle, Mike Figgis, Bernard Rose and Ben Wheatley.

Arthur

Animated adventures of a young aardvark. Ladonna Compson is friendly, funny, and full of personality. Everyone likes her! At least, that’s what she thought.

 

 

 

Ashes to Ashes

DI Alex Drake wakes up to some familiar faces in 1981. Fire up the Quattro!

 

 

The A Word

Family drama with a boy with autism at its heart. “The A Word” is a drama miniseries written by BAFTA Award winner Peter Bowker (“Blackpool”) and starring Christopher Eccleston, Morven Christie, Greg McHugh, Lee Ingleby and Vinette Robinson. The story follows members of the Hughes family, who seem to lead a normal existence until they receive some unexpected news. Communication problems with 5-year-old son Joe lead to a diagnosis of autism. It changes the lives of the family members, who have to pull together and learn to better communicate to deal with the boy’s condition.

 

Cat People

Classic horror. Oliver, a young New Yorker, falls in love with Irena, a fashion designer whom he meets at the Central Park Zoo. But Irena is haunted by a past which threathens those around her with death and destruction.

 

 

Clangers

Travel through starry space to the little blue planet not far from our own and meet the Clangers. Enjoy watching their adventures in this gentle, lovable family classic.

 

The Curse of the Cat People

The follow-up to the seminal Cat People, this is the tale of a lonely young girl who conjures up the spirit of Irena – her father’s first wife – to provide herself with a companion. But Irena believed herself to be descended from a race of cat people, and before long the fiendish feline is on the prowl again

 

Dangermouse

Calling all agents! Join Danger Mouse on his hilarious, high-stakes missions as he tries to defeat evil – saving London, the world and, most importantly, his sidekick, Penfold.

 

Death in Paradise

Drama about a detective and his team solving murders on a beautiful Caribbean island. Each episode is a who-done-it.

 

The Deer Hunter

Clairton, Pennsylvania, 1960s. Three close friends from the steelworks, Mike, Nick and Steve, prepare to leave for service in Vietnam, but not before Steve`s wedding is celebrated in grand style. The festivities turn into a painful farewell as the three men become embroiled in a war in which there are no rules but survival, and the enemy have devised a deadly game of Russian roulette for their prisoners.

 

The Demon Headmaster

Kids discover their headmaster is using hypnotism to gain control of their school. You can read our full review HERE and interview with Emma Reeves, the person behind the show HERE.

DEVS

The future is fixed. Everything is determined. When her partner doesn’t return from a secretive tech firm, Lily uncovers a conspiracy that could change the world. What is Devs?

 

The Disappearance

French thriller serial about a missing teenager. As the police investigate, the girl’s friends and family are revealed as a suspicious set of characters, each with secrets of their own.

 

Doctor Who

Timey-wimey tardis shizzle!

 

 

Dracula

“For over a hundred and twenty years, Bram Stoker’s classic novel ‘Dracula’ has inspired generations of filmmakers. Now the creators of the worldwide smash hit ‘Sherlock’ give the legend fresh blood!

It’s 1897 and St Mary’s Convent, Budapest plays host to a desiccated husk of a human being, Jonathan Harker; an English lawyer with a strange and unsettling story to tell. Listening in is the kind and inquisitive Sister Agatha, a nun with a more-than-ordinary-interest in the creatures of the night. Invited to Transylvania to meet the reclusive Count Dracula, Harker finds himself trapped in an ancient, terrifying castle, a maze of mouldering corridors and vaults: a prison without locks. It soon becomes clear that he and his client are the only things living in the echoing halls of the moulding pile: and that the Count himself isn’t living at all! In fact, Dracula is a four hundred year old vampire who has grown weary of his own exhausted country and has set his sights on the new world. As the shadows lengthen and Harker’s account unfolds it becomes clear that the remorseless vampire may have unfinished business with his erstwhile guest…

The Elephant Man

In 1884, an ambitious young surgeon is intrigued by a sideshow freak billed as the Elephant Man. He finds, behind the disfigured exhibit, an intelligent person whose rehabilitation he undertakes

 

Extras

Sitcom set in the world of film and TV extras, from the Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant team that dreamt up The Office

 

The Fades

Seventeen-year old Paul can see the spirits of the dead. When one of these restless spirits crosses back into the living world, he is forced into a fight to prevent the apocalypse.

 

The Fear of God: 25 Years of the Exorcist

Mark Kermode revisits his 1998 cult documentary on The Exorcist. In this exclusive extended version never seen before on TV, Kermode traces the extraordinary history of The Exorcist, the novel by William Peter Blatty that William Friedkin turned into a popular and controversial film. He examines the aura of mystery that still surrounds the film, the making of which claimed several lives. Alongside extracts and outtakes from the movie, there are interviews with Blatty, Friedkin, and actors Ellen Burstyn, Max von Sydow, Linda Blair and James Ferman, director of the British Board of Film Classification in 1998.

From Darkness

Psychological crime drama. An ex-constable hiding from the guilt of her past is slowly drawn back to confront her darkness.

 

 

Ghosts

A cash-strapped young couple inherit a grand country house, only to find it is both falling apart and teeming with the ghosts of former inhabitants.

 

 

 

Hard Sun

Contemporary crime drama set in a world that faces certain destruction, from the creator of Luther.

 

His Dark Materials

Secrets and dangers lie ahead for young Lyra Belacqua in an epic tale of stolen children and the mysterious substance of Dust. Adaptation of Philip Pullman’s best-selling trilogy.

 

Inside No. 9

An anthology of darkly comic twisted tales by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, each one taking place behind a door marked ‘number 9’.

 

 

In The Flesh

Thousands of dead people have risen from their graves and nearly destroyed Britain. A cure has been found – but can the treated zombies be rehabilitated back into living society?

 

I Walked With a Zombie

A Canadian nurse, Betsy, arrives on a Caribbean island to tend an invalid woman who appears to suffer from an unexplained paralysis. The horrific truth soon emerges, however, amid the haunting rhythms of the voodoo drums.

 

 

Killing Eve

Killing Eve topples the typical spy-action thriller as two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.

 

 

 

The League of Gentlemen

Dark, surreal comedy about the strange inhabitants of the small, northern town of Royston Vasey. Starring Reece Shearsmith, Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton

 

 

Life on Mars

Is he mad, in a coma… or has Detective Sam Tyler really travelled back in time?

 

Luther

Crime drama series starring Idris Elba as Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can’t always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions

 

Mayans M.C.

Fresh from jail, biker ‘EZ’ Reyes is drawn to a life he never intended – and can’t escape. Action drama from the makers of Sons of Anarchy.

 

Merlin

Fantasy drama series based on the legend of King Arthur and Merlin.

 

 

The Midnight Gang

The Midnight Gang is an adaptation of the book by David Walliams. When Tom gets hit on the head by a cricket ball, he finds himself on the miserable children’s ward of St Hugo’s Hospital, where he is greeted by a terrifying-looking porter and wicked matron. But things aren’t as bad as they seem and Tom is soon to embark on the most thrilling journey of a lifetime!

 

The Mighty Boosh

Sitcom with unique comedy duo Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Fashion slave Vince Noir and jazz fan Howard Moon ‘journey through time and space’, meeting a cast of scary and ridiculous characters.

 

 

 

Night of the Living Dead

Low-budget horror classic in which radiation from a space probe reanimates the dead, who become ravenous for the flesh of the living. A small band of survivors barricade themselves inside an isolated farmhouse as zombies gather outside. One of the most influential horror films ever made, director George A Romero’s low-budget masterpiece spawned two sequels, a 1990 remake and numerous imitators.

Normal People

The electricity of first love between two people who changed each other’s lives. Based on Sally Rooney’s best-selling novel.

 

 

Porridge

Classic comedy series about the inmates and wardens of HM Prison Slade, starring Ronnie Barker and Richard Beckinsale.

 

 

The Relic

Suspense thriller. When a crate of biological specimens from the Amazon jungle is sent to Chicago’s Natural History Museum, a series of gruesome murders starts. As Police Lieutenant Vincent D’Agosta and evolutionary biologist Margo Green join forces to investigate the bizarre murders, they soon realise that deep in the bowels of the museum something unimaginable is lurking.

She-Ra

Animation following the adventures of She-Ra.

 

Spooks

They’re working against the clock to protect the nation – and nobody is safe. The explosive, groundbreaking series.

 

 

Taboo

1814: James Keziah Delaney returns to London from Africa and is encircled by conspiracy, murder and betrayal. Dark, mesmerising drama with Tom Hardy.

 

Tales From the Pub

Grab a drink and get comfy for a darkly comic spooky tale inspired by classic horror anthology shows, as told by a Scottish barmaid who’s heard it all. In this tale, 16 year old Tadgy is tired of being treated like a child and wants to get drunk in the park for the first time, despite the conscience of his nervous pal Gary. However when nobody is willing to give them a “jump in” to the shop, they ask a bizarre, sinister looking man who agrees to do it only if they are old enough. Horror comedy written and directed by Kris J. Cummins and David O. Gray.

This Country

The cameras focus on cousins Kerry and Kurtan in their very small, very boring Cotswold village.

 

Torchwood

Science-fiction drama created by Russell T Davies. Torchwood is a team of people whose job is to investigate the unusual, the strange and the extraterrestrial.

 

Upstart Crow

Comedy about William Shakespeare as he starts to make a name for himself in London while also trying to be a good husband and father for his family in Stratford-upon-Avon.

 

 

What We Do in the Shadows

Following three vampires who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years, in Staten Island.

 

 

Worzel Gummidge

Siblings Susan and John arrive at Scatterbrook Farm, home of the Braithwaites, to little fanfare. It’s been a poor harvest and their hosts aren’t thrilled to have two amateur farmhands around the place during such lean times. No-one on Scatterbrook Farm is more troubled by the late harvest than walking, talking scarecrow Worzel Gummidge. Worzel is strictly forbidden from talking to humans, but after mistaking John and Susan for fellow scarecrows, his game is up.

 

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