BBC iPlayer picks: Inside No. 9, Outnumbered, The Thick of It, and more!

If you’re looking for binge worthy TV, look no further than BBC iPlayer. In the past few weeks I’ve discovered some excellent shows on here, and have rewatched some of my old favourites too.

The ones I’ve chosen here vary in tone but hopefully there’ll be options to suit everyone here. There’s some humour, horror, sci-fi and even documentary to sink your teeth into.


Inside No. 9

Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Episode count: 32

Length of episode: 30 mins

Why should we watch it?

This horror-comedy anthology series is an absolute masterclass in storytelling, and no episode is ever the same. The only real similarity is that every episode is set inside a number 9, whether that’s a house, a police car or even a shoe.

Inside No. 9 has surprised me on a number of occasions and I’ve often been blindsided by its big reveals and shocking moments. It’s an absolute must for those who like their humour a little darker.

It was created by Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, who often have acting roles in the episodes too. They’ve been joined by plenty of guest stars like Gemma Arterton, Tamsin Greig, Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, and more.



Genre: Comedy

Episode count: 35

Length of episode: 30 mins

Why should we watch it?

Part-improvised comedy Outnumbered is an absolute joy to watch, as we see Hugh Dennis and Claire Skinner trying to navigate life with three mischievous (and highly inquisitive!) children.

Whilst simple in its execution, the real entertainment comes from how hilarious the children are. Improvising is no easy task, and you’re never quite sure what they’re going to come out with next.

Unlike Inside No. 9, this comedy is a lot easier to digest and it’s nowhere near as ‘heavy’. There are some rude jokes and painfully awkward British moments, but overall a very easy watch for when you’re feeling sluggish and in need of a good belly laugh.


The Thick of It

Genre: Comedy, Political Satire

Episode count: 35

Length of episode: 30 mins

Why should we watch it?

If you love political satire and laughing at the UK government, then Armando Iannucci’s offering should keep you thoroughly entertained whilst chaos reigns outside. We all need a good laugh right now after all.

The Thick of It satirises the inner workings of a modern British government, focusing on the fictitious Department of Social Affairs and Citizenship. There’s even a film spin-off called In The Loop, which I highly recommend.

It’s got a very sweary Peter Capaldi playing Director of Communication, which is hilarious before you even consider anything else. It’s impossible not to laugh at Malcolm Tucker.



Genre: Sci-fi, Drama

Episode count: 41

Length of episode: 50 mins

Why should we watch it?

If you liked Doctor Who and fancy something a bit more adult, Torchwood is definitely the option for you. It can even been enjoyed by sci-fi fans with no interest in Doctor Who either.

It follows the adventures of Captain Jack Harkness and his team of super-secret specialists who work to protect the Earth from extraterrestrial and supernatural threats. So yes, expect a lot of monsters and surprises!

It’s difficult not to be utterly charmed by the characters and you soon find yourselves very invested in them and their lives.

Torchwood is a rare example of me liking all of the main characters, meaning the emotional parts of this series hit me like a ton of bricks… stock up on tissues just in case.


Louis Theroux’s documentary work

Genre: Documentary

Episode count: 42 (available on iPlayer, there’s probably more!)

Length of episode: 60 mins (on average)

Why should we watch it?

If you’re unfamiliar with Louis Theroux, first of all, where have you been?! But secondly he is absolutely worth checking out due to his unrivalled documentary style. I haven’t seen a documentary of his that I disliked.

Theroux explores all sorts of controversial topics that are sometimes infuriating, sometimes inspiring, and sometimes quite baffling. Subjects include The Westboro Baptist Church, transgender children, the world’s most dangerous pets, and Thai brides.

He does this with a very direct style of interviewing that can result in some hilariously awkward moments. We all have our own opinions, which makes for some great quarantine discussions if you’re self-isolating with someone else!


Stay tuned for more Streaming Saviours from Netflix, Shudder, All 4, and more…

What BBC shows will you be binging? Let me know on Twitter @LGTHBlog!

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