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The big four on BBC Three

The big four on BBC Three

16/03/2016TV

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Missing BBC Three? Then wipe away those tears and put that hankie back in your pocket, because with Virgin Media, you can still watch your BBC Three favourites on your TV via BBC iPlayer. Hurrah!

It’s brimming with fabulous shows to get stuck into. So fabulous in fact, it’s basically a trophy cabinet of awards. BAFTAs, Comedy Awards, Royal Television Society awards – an embarrassment of riches. And we’ve picked out four great shows that you might have missed the first time round – but now there’s no excuse not to catch up with them!

So whether you fancy an apocalyptic thriller or a comedy about Lichfield’s quirkiest family, there’s something for you. Here’s a taster of what’s on…

For a supernatural saga… watch The Fades

Being a teenager is hard enough, but being a teenager who is haunted by spirits and faced with a looming apocalypse is one tough gig. That’s what Paul Roberts must contend with in this six-part series, as he takes on an army of “Fades” – trapped spirits breaking through the fabric of reality. Iain De Caestecker (Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) is the angst-ridden Paul, and Natalie Dormer (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and 2) also stars. Keep an eye out for Daniel Kaluuya as Paul’s best friend Mac, too. He’s since followed De Caestecker to Hollywood, and you can catch him in Sicario with Emily Blunt on Virgin Movies now

First broadcast on BBC Three back in 2012, it went on to win a much-deserved BAFTA for Best Drama Series.

You’ll love this if you like: Being Human, with some Skins mixed in. Not a surprising comparison, as The Fades writer Jack Thorne also had a hand in penning Skins

For a zombie showdown… watch In The Flesh

And the BAFTAs just keep on coming for the supernatural dramas. Set in a fictional Lancashire village, In The Flesh focuses on Kieren Walker, played by Luke Newberry (Quartet), who is brought back to life after a zombie outbreak. The drama follows his return to a small town plagued by haters. It won the BAFTA for Best Miniseries in 2014.

You’ll love this if you like: Humans

For a true-life drama… watch Murdered By My Boyfriend

This one-off drama, based on a true story, first aired on BBC Three in 2014. It pivots around Ashley Jones, a young victim of domestic abuse. Georgina Campbell (After Hours) beat Cilla star and bookies’ favourite Sheridan Smith to the BAFTA for Best Leading Actress and the show received the Royal Television Society award for Best Single Drama. BBC Three also has another hard-hitting drama, Murdered By My Father, about an “honour” killing, coming later this month.

You’ll love this if you like: Doctor Foster

For dysfunctional family funnies… watch Cuckoo series 3

We’ll hold our hands up. Cuckoo hasn’t officially won any awards….yet (although has had two British Comedy Award nominations). But with the combination of Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners), Helen Baxendale (Cold Feet – and yes, poor Emily in Friends), Tyger Drew-Honey (Outnumbered) and Taylor Lautner (The Ridiculous 6), they should invest in a trophy cabinet sharpish. If you thought you had a kooky family, meet this lot. New-age ideas come to Lichfield, and the result is genius.

You’ll love this if you like: Episodes

Don’t miss all these BBC Three shows on BBC iPlayer through your Virgin TV!

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