Skip to main content

Box Sets to beat Blue Monday!

Box Sets to beat Blue Monday!

Turn that frown upside down by tucking into these fantastic shows on BBC iPlayer

Hang in there, because we’ve got a bunch of great shows designed to put a spring in your step and a smile on your face

Box Sets to watch on Blue Monday

According to a crack team of boffins (and definitely not a group of marketing people), the third Monday in January is thought to be the most depressing day of the year. These 24 hours of dread, despair and dismay even have a name: Blue Monday.


Yes, it’s pseudoscience built on laughably flimsy mathematics, but just think about it for a second. Christmas is over, a whole year stretches out in front of you like a terrifying highway, the weather sucks and all you have in your bank account is tumbleweed. But, as this year’s Blue Monday on 20 January approaches, we know just the thing to perk you up. And it’s not another kale, cucumber and broccoli smoothie.


We’re talking about feel-good shows on BBC iPlayer! From cracking comedies to sassy treats, there are Box Sets galore to help beat those blues. Don’t worry, everything’s going to be alright with this lot…

You might also like

TV channels: Channels, content and features available depend on your chosen package. Channel line-ups and content are subject to change at any time and to regional variations.

HD: HD TV set, V HD Box, TiVo box or Virgin TV V6 connected with HDMI cables required for HD channels. Number of inclusive HD channels depends on package.

On Demand: Content available to view depends on TV package. Time limits apply for viewing chargeable On Demand content – see Once purchased, all chargeable On Demand content must be viewed within 48 hours. Premium channels and upgrades must be kept for at least 30 days.

Image credit: This Country © BBC – Photographer: Sophie Mutevelian