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Tobias Menzies and Jared Harris in The Terror

10 hidden gems to stream on BBC iPlayer

10 hidden gems to stream on BBC iPlayer


Think you’ve conquered the world of Box Sets? Think again…

By Virgin TV Edit

Forget Line Of Duty for just a minute. It’s time to dive into BBC iPlayer and discover some of the other dramas available to stream right now. Because there are LOADS.


We’re talking about the hidden gems, cult favourites and sleeper hits that may have flown under your radar the first time around. It’s now time to show them some love.


From chilling mysteries and dark comedies to nerve-jangling crime thrillers and high-tech high jinks, read on to reveal a whole bunch of shows that will have you hooked…


1. The Terror

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

One of history’s greatest mysteries, Royal Navy ships HMS Erebus and HMS Terror vanished in the 1840s while attempting to discover the Northwest Passage in the Arctic. This bleak and powerful drama, which is based on Dan Simmons’ 2007 novel of the same name, imagines the horrific fate that may have befell the crew – but with a supernatural twist.


2. Guilt

Mark Bonner and Jamie Sives in Guilt

Find series 1 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

If black comedy is your bag, you’ll definitely want to check out Scottish thriller Guilt. Having killed an elderly pedestrian in their car, two brothers (Mark Bonnar and Jamie Sives) try to cover up the death. Big mistake. Attempting to hide the truth from those around them gets tougher and tougher, leading to the siblings to mistrust everyone – even each other.


3. Pretty Little Liars

Shay Mitchell, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale and Ashley Benson in Pretty Little Liars

Find seasons 1-4 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

When the leader of their high school clique goes missing, four friends start receiving sinister messages from a figure whose identity remains a mystery. Who is their tormentor? And what is it they want? Based on Sara Shepard’s hit series of novels, this dark US drama is packed with twists you simply won’t see coming.


4. Traces

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

After starting a new job as a lab assistant at the Scottish Institute of Forensic Science, the life of Emma Hedges (Cheat’s Molly Windsor) is turned upside down when a tragic death from her past is unearthed. And there’s a current case that needs solving, too. Co-starring Line Of Duty’s Martin Compston, this taut crime drama will have you on the edge of your sofa.



Sonoya Mizuno in DEVS

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Following the mysterious disappearance of her boyfriend, a computer engineer discovers the company they work for is developing something very sinister indeed. Written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina), expect your mind to be bent out of shape by this dark tech thriller.


6. Bates Motel

Vera Farmiga and Freddie Highmore in Bates Motel

Find seasons 1-5 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

How did Psycho’s Norman Bates become so twisted? Starring Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) as the young Norman and Vera Farmiga (The Conjuring) as mother Norma, this prequel series charts the youngster’s journey into darkness. Heavy on the psychological horror, it will chill you to the bone…


7. Bloodlands

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

A gripping crime drama that has Jed Mercurio (Line Of Duty) as executive producer? Go on then. James Nesbitt (Cold Feet) stars in this cracking police procedural as a crime-busting officer in Northern Ireland who uncovers a shocking link between a recent kidnapping and a notorious cold case.


8. Snowfall

Emily Rios in Snowfall

Find seasons 1-3 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Los Angeles, 1983. Crack cocaine is about to hit the streets and change everything. Telling the individual stories of several characters caught up in the city’s violently shifting landscape, stunning performances, social commentary and a slamming soundtrack collide in this edgy crime drama.


9. Back To Life

Daisy Haggard in Back To Life

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Miri Matteson (Daisy Haggard, Breeders) has just been released from prison after serving an 18-year stretch. Think she’s going to slip back into society like she’d never been away? Not so fast. The world has moved on and it’s going to take Miri a lot of rebuilding to find her feet again.


10. Clique

Ella-Rae Smith, Emma Appleton, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Sophia Brown in Clique

Find series 1-2 in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

A university-set psychological thriller, this addictive drama from Skins writer Jess Brittain explores the complex relationships between a group of students starting a new life in Scotland. After arriving on campus, two friends are drawn to a competitive and fiercely intelligent group of girls in thrall to charismatic lecturer Jude McDermid (Sherlock’s Louise Brealey). Soon, their relationship is tested to the extreme…

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