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Tobias Menzies and Jared Harris in The Terror

10 of the best BBC shows to discover right now

10 of the best BBC shows to discover right now


Wondering what’s big on the Beeb right now? Look no further…

By Laura Rutkowski, Staff Writer + Jack Prescott, Senior Staff Writer

Whether you want to watch in real-time or catch up on BBC iPlayer, there are loads of great new shows coming to the BBC this month.


With amazing dramas and documentaries, read on to reveal a whole bunch of series that will have you hooked…

1. The Rap Game UK S3

Contestants in The Rap Game UK

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer from Thursday 29 July, 7pm. Series 1 & 2 available now

Back and better than ever, the BAFTA-nominated BBC Three show returns with a new series in a new city: Manchester. Six artists compete for the chance to win a £20,000 music prize while performing for rap heavyweights Krept, Konan and DJ Target.

2. Reclaiming Amy

Friday 23 July, 9pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102). Also available in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Ten years after the death of Amy Winehouse, her friends and family, including her mother Janis and father Mitch, reflect on their time with the powerhouse singer. Including never-before-seen family footage and rare musical performances, this documentary charts Amy’s struggles with addiction, her rise to fame, and her life, which was far more complicated than anyone realised.

3. RHS Flower Show Tatton Park

Friday 23 July, 7pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102). Also available in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Tune in for highlights from the Royal Horticultural Society’s annual flower show at Tatton Park in Cheshire. With a Summer Of Love theme, this year’s show celebrates gardens as a source of comfort, which they have proved to be for so many this past year. Hear from gardening experts and meet the designers, as well as the five contenders competing in the RHS Young Designer Of The Year competition. Their task is to create gardens that represent themes around sustainability and mental health.

4. Chris Packham: The Walk That Made Me

Chris Packham in The Walk That Made Me

Wednesday 28 July, 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102). Also available in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Go on a journey with Chris Packham as he walks in the Hampshire countryside, detailing the benefits of nature on wellbeing and mental health, including his own. As he recalls memories of this very same walk when he was young, he discusses growing up with undiagnosed Asperger’s Syndrome and the life-saving qualities of “natural health” – and animals.


5. Viva La Diva: The Queens Of Pop

Saturday 24 July, 9.30pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102). Also available in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Scissor Sisters singer and BBC Radio 2 presenter Ana Matronic sets out to reclaim the word “diva”, which typically has negative connotations, by examining the rise and rise of fierce females Beyoncé, Cher, Grace Jones, Madonna and Mariah Carey.


6. Secrets Of The Museum

Secrets Of The Museum on BBC Two HD

Find it in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer. Episode 2 airs on Tuesday 27 July, 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102)

London’s Victoria and Albert Museum opens its doors for a second series showing how conservators have been hard at work. There are two million wonders in the museum’s collection that all need a bit of TLC! From a mannequin dresser to a theatre and performance archivist, meet the individuals who maintain the high standards of the exhibits.  

7. Yorkshire Firefighters

Thursday 29 July, 8pm, BBC Two HD (CH 102). Also available in Apps & Games > BBC iPlayer

Prepare yourself for an adrenaline rush! This four-part series showcases the work of the West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service during the pandemic. Filmed using state-of-the-art technology, the show allows viewers to see inside burning buildings during the (quite literal) heat of the moment.  Miraculous footage shows how the brave firefighters brought one of the biggest fires the country has seen in years under control.

8. 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 searching for the Northwest Passage in the Arctic Circle. 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.

9. Pretty Little Liars

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

Find seasons 1-7 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.

10. 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 his mother Norma, this prequel series charts the youngster’s journey into darkness. Heavy on the psychological horror, it will chill you to the bone…

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Image credits: Reclaiming Amy © Winehouse Family Photo/EDB Image Archive/Alamy Stock Photo

Chris Packham: The Walk That Made Me © Tim Smith 

​Secrets Of The Museum © Blast! Films / Simon Lloyd

​The Rap Game UK S3 © Naked / Vicky Grout

Pretty Little Liars © Warner Bros. / Jamie Trueblood

Bates Motel © NBC Universal / Art Streiber