Still on a high after the smash hit BBC drama The Bodyguard? Sit back and enjoy these fantastic BBC shows which will take you right through the cold snap and on to Christmas
You are likely to have been among the millions of people who tuned in to watch the hit BBC show The Bodyguard last month. The six-part political drama which told the story of ex-army turned protection officer David Budd, played by easy-on-the-eye Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden, received rave reviews and earned record-breaking viewing figures.
And it got us thinking: the BBC has been smashing it recently with its schedule of TV shows. So much so that we’ve found ourselves swerving the standard Netflix scrolling for a bit of iplayer action. And here’s why, these are the latest BBC dramas you need to be watching on catch up.
This 10-part drama which aired on BBC Two in September is currently available to watch on the iplayer. It stars a host of A-list American actors including Donald Sutherland and Brendan Fraser. From executive producers Danny Boyle, Simon Beaufoy and Christian Colson, the series is based on the notorious true-life kidnapping of the heir to billionaire John Paul Getty – one of the world’s wealthiest businessmen.
Donald Sutherland stars as J. Paul Getty Senior, the oil tycoon and art collector at the head of the Getty family, alongside a stellar cast that includes Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Brendan Fraser (The Mummy), Harris Dickinson (Beach Rats), Anna Chancellor (Ordeal By Innocence), Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders), Amanda Drew (Broadchurch) and Sophie Winkleman (Peep Show).
Trust is created by Simon Beaufoy and Boyle directs the first three episodes so it’s certainly worth a shot!
Jenna Coleman (Victoria, Doctor Who) and Ewen Leslie (Safe Harbour, Top of the Lake) star in The Cry, a four-part thrilling, psychological BBC One drama written by Jacquelin Perske, adapted from the novel by Helen FitzGerald. The Cry is currently showing on the iplayer. Filmed in Scotland and Australia and directed by Glendyn Ivin (Safe Harbour, Gallipoli, The Beautiful Lie), The Cry is the first scripted television commission for Scottish-based production company Synchronicity Films.
Joanna (Coleman) and her husband Alistair (Leslie), travel with their baby from Scotland to Australia to see Alistair’s mother, Elizabeth (Gonet) and to fight for custody of Alistair’s daughter Chloe (Kavenagh) against his Australian ex-wife Alexandra (Keddie). However, when they arrive in Australia, Joanna and Alistair are forced to face an unthinkable tragedy that changes their lives and their marriage forever.
It is a gritty and in depth look into the psychology of a young woman, exposing the myths and truths of motherhood at the same time.
Catch Informer on the iplayer for the next month, a complex, character-driven thriller about Raza, a young second generation British-Pakistani man from East London (Nabhaan Rizwan) who is coerced by Gabe, a Counter-Terrorism Officer (Paddy Considine) into informing for him. Gabe, who has a past he wants to remain secret, is joined by Holly, his new and ambitious partner (Bel Powley) whose endless curiosity becomes a threat to him. As the central counter-terrorism investigation heats up, the stakes for all three, their families and relationships, get higher and higher.
Informer tells a story about identity in a world where lines are increasingly being drawn and sides are being taken. What happens when you, or your friends, family or neighbours fall on the wrong side of that line and the personal becomes political?
Rizwan and Considine excel in this intense and gripping thriller, you’ll be binge watching the six episodes for sure.
Following the lives of journalists at the helm of a flailing broadsheet and thriving tabloid newspaper in London, Press is a six-part BBC One drama currently available on the iplayer. Charlotte Riley (King Charles III, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell) will play the Deputy News Editor of fictional broadsheet The Herald, and Ben Chaplin (Apple Tree Yard, The Thin Red Line) will play the Editor of fictional tabloid newspaper The Post. Priyanga Burford (London Spy, King Charles III) will play The Herald’s Editor.
Set in the fast-paced and challenging environment of the British newspaper industry, Press highlights the difficulties these journalists face as they attempt to balance work and play, ambition and integrity, amid the never-ending pressure of the 24-hour global news cycle and an industry in turmoil.
Press gives a fantastic insight into the workings of a daily newsroom and we are totally hooked on Chaplin’s portrayal of a stop-at-nothing tabloid editor.
The BBC’s eight-part thriller, Killing Eve, has been adapted by Bafta Award-winning writer and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag) from the novellas Codename Villanelle. Produced by Sid Gentle Films Ltd (The Durrells, SS-GB), Killing Eve centres on two very different women. Eve is a bored, whip-smart, pay-grade MI5 security officer whose desk-bound job doesn’t fulfil her fantasies of being a spy. Villanelle is a mercurial, talented killer who clings to the luxuries her violent job affords her. Killing Eve topples the typical spy-action thriller as these two fiercely intelligent women, equally obsessed with each other, go head to head in an epic game of cat and mouse.
Starring Sandra Oh as Eve, and Jodie Comer as Villanelle, the series – a combination of brutal mischief making and pathos – is filled with sharp humour, originality and high-stakes action.
So there you have it, more than enough exciting and topical issues to make staying in during the cold snap much more enjoyable! And if you are still wondering what all the hype about Bodyguard was, you can still catch the series on the BBC iplayer now.