What's new to watch on BBC iPlayer?

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New on BBC iPlayer this week we have the 21st series of Strictly Come Dancing, which returns to screens from Saturday 16 September.

We also have Juice, a surreal comedy starring Mawaan Rizwan and Russel Tovey, which follows Jamma’s quest for love and attention.

A new three-part series Picasso: The Beauty and the Beast, lays bare the life and work of Pablo Picasso, while Ballers: Ball or Nothing follows Scotland’s only professional basketball team trying to make it big.

And Rise of the Nazis: The Manhunt explores the story of the little known people who hunted Nazi war criminals and brought perpetrators to justice.

What's coming new to BBC iPlayer?

Strictly Come Dancing returns to screens, marking the 21st series of the nation’s favourite dancing show. The multi- award-winning series promises to entertain the nation once again, with presenters Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman back in the ballroom to oversee proceedings each weekend as a host of new celebrity contestants compete for the coveted Glitterball Trophy.

Watch Strictly Come Dancing on BBC iPlayer below

Celebrity Race Across The World

Five famous faces take on the Race Across the World challenge, including broadcaster Alex Beresford and his dad, Noel; singer Mel Blatt and her mum, Helene; McFly drummer Harry Judd and his mum, Emma and British Racing Driver and pundit Billy Monger and his sister, Bonny.

Starting in Marrakech, Morocco, the most north-western country in Africa, and ending in Tromsø, Norway, known as the Arctic capital, the celebs’ epic journey will span 24 countries and over 10,000 km.

• Watch Celebrity Race Across the World on BBC iPlayer from Wendesday 20 September

• Watch Race Across The World on BBC iPlayer below


This surreal comedy follows Jamma (Mawaan Rizwan) on a quest for attention as he navigates chaotic family dynamics and literally stumbles through love.

• Watch Juice on BBC iPlayer from Monday 18 September

Picasso: The Beauty and the Beast

When Pablo Picasso died in 1973, the world mourned a superstar - a revolutionary creative powerhouse who repeatedly turned 20th century art on its head.

But since then, the stories of his cruelty, womanising, coercive behaviour and cultural appropriation have made us call into question our reverence of the great master. Now, 50 years since his death, a new three-part series lays bare the life and work of a man who was as much monster as genius and looks at his legacy: the suicides and betrayals alongside the stunning artworks that he left behind.

• Watch Picasso: The Beauty and the Beast on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 21 September

Ballers: Ball or Nothing

Ballers Ball or Nothing is written on a dark blue/green basketball
With new owners, a new name and fresh talent, can the Caledonian Gladiators - Scotland's only pro basketball team - rise to the top and break their 20 year trophy drought?

• Watch Ballers: Ball or Nothing on BBC iPlayer from Tuesday 19 September

Rise of the Nazis: The Manhunt

The Rise of the Nazis: The Manhunt examines the little known people who hunted Nazi war people who hunted Nazi war criminals and brought the perpetrators of the Holocaust to justice.

• Watch the Rise of the Nazis: The Manhunt on BBC iPlayer from Tuesday 19 September

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Luke grew up in a white working-class family in Rochdale, but always felt like an outsider. Upon discovering his dad is not his biological father and that he is in fact mixed-race, he goes on a search for his biological father, which reveals much more than he ever imagined.

• Watch Stranger in My Family on BBC iPlayer from Thursday 14 September

Voyage to Mars: The Longest Goodbye

In the next decade, NASA will send astronauts to Mars for the first time. In this documentary, a NASA psychologist explores how best to protect the mental health of crew members who will experience extreme social isolation during their three year journey to Mars.

• Watch Voyage to Mars: The Longest Goodbye on BBC iPlayer from Wednesday 13 September

Coco Chanel Unbuttoned

The story of original influencer Coco Chanel, whose designs still represent the zenith of female sexuality, style and power. This is the culturally defining exploration of a legend whose work reflects the story of the 20th century.

• Watch Coco Chanel Unbuttoned on BBC iPlayer below

Bad Behaviour

Set in the remote campus of Silver Creek, an exclusive girls’ school, Bad Behaviour is a visceral ride into the epicentre of our teenage years where the decision to bully or be bullied has devastating consequences years later.

The four-part Australian drama series is based on the book of the same name by Rebecca Starford.

• Watch Bad Behaviour on BBC iPlayer

Mrs Brown's Boys

Irish comedy, Mrs Brown boys returns for a fourth series, starring Brendan O’Carroll as Agnes Brown, the loudest, proudest mother in Ireland.

Agnes Brown's favourite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children.

• Watch Mrs Brown’s Boys series 4 on BBC iPlayer
• Watch Mrs Brown's Boys series 1-3 and all the Mrs Brown's Boys specials on BBC iPlayer

Top Gear America

The US version of the world’s biggest motoring show returns for a second series, following the motorised mischief and supercharged adventures of Dax Shepard, Rob Corddry and Jethro Bovingdon.

• Watch Top Gear America series 1 and 2 on BBC iPlayer below

Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing

Two friends, beautiful places and a good natter. Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse go on a life-affirming, funny journey, sharing their changed outlooks and trying to land a catch in the sixth series of Gone Fishing.

• Watch Mortimer & Whitehouse: Gone Fishing series 6 on BBC iPlayer below
• Watch Mortimer and Whitehouse: Gone Fishing series 1-5 on BBC iPlayer below

The Following Events Are Based On A Pack Of Lies

The story of two very different women and the conman they have in common; a dark, funny, and unpredictable thriller about three remarkable characters trapped in a tangled triangle of complexly layered half-truths and lies of epic proportions. Starring Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Alistair Petrie, and Rebekah Station.

• Watch The Following Events Are Based On A Pack Of Lies on BBC iPlayer below

The Woman In The Wall

Ireland, 2015. When Lorna Brady wakes to find a corpse in her house, she has no idea who the dead woman is or if she’s responsible for the apparent murder.

Retracing her steps, Lorna realises that the mysterious woman could be linked to her past in the town’s Magdalene Laundry. She may even hold the answer to the question Lorna has long craved: what happened to her child? Fearing her sleepwalking escapades, Lorna tries to keep herself awake whilst seeking out the truth.

Meanwhile, in Dublin, detective Colman Akande is confronted with the murder of a local priest. Tracking the case brings him across the country and into Lorna’s orbit.

• Watch The Woman In The Wall on BBC iPlayer below

Andrew Tate: The Man Who Groomed The World?

An investigative film which takes viewers inside the international network spearheaded by the Tate brothers.

For the first time, audiences will see the inner circle behind Andrew Tate, exposing those helping to craft him into a global figurehead, exploring the ideologies and end goal of Tate and his circle, and revealing how his global network has left potentially hundreds of victims in its wake.

Investigative reporter Matt Shea and director Jamie Tahsin will take audiences from Romania to Buenos Aires and the US, to understand the scale and nature of Andrew Tate’s influence.

• Watch Andrew Tate: The Man Who Groomed The World? on BBC iPlayer

Five Bedrooms

Five Bedrooms returns for a fourth series. Harry tries to outmanipulate his mother, Mel is after Ben’s body, and guilty Liz must face husband Stuart.

• Watch Five Bedrooms series four on BBC iPlayer below
• Watch series 1-3 of Five Bedrooms on BBC iPlayer now below


Starstruck is back for a third series. Years after their breakup, Jessie and Tom come face to face unexpectedly at best friend Kate’s wedding as she ties the knot with Ian. The initially awkward meeting finds the two former lovers wondering if there is a lingering spark.

• Watch Starstruck series 3 on BBC iPlayer below
• Watch Starstruck series 1 and 2 on BBC iPlayer now below

Boot Dreams: Now or Never

Boot Dreams: Now or Never is a six-part documentary series which sees 16 footballers, aged 18 to 26, all rejected by top clubs, arrive at a unique training camp which aims to get them a new pro contract by helping them with their struggles, both on and off the pitch.

Can they get back in the game, and the dream job they love?

Throughout the four-week process, they’ll also be visited at regular intervals by presenter Roman Kemp, who once dreamed of becoming pro himself, and wants to find out more about the experiences that have led them there.

• Watch Boot Dreams: Now or Never on BBC iPlayer below

Ghosts US

The second series of the US version of the hit UK series. A young couple's dreams come true when they inherit a beautiful country house, only to find it's both falling apart and inhabited by many of the deceased previous residents.

Sam enlists the ghosts to help secure a good review from an overly critical couple staying at the bed and breakfast; Isaac tries to integrate Nigel into his friend group.

• Watch Ghosts US series 2 on BBC iPlayer below
• Watch Ghosts US series 1 on BBC iPlayer below
• Watch Ghosts on BBC iPlayer below

Tommy Jessop Goes To Hollywood

Line of Duty actor Tommy Jessop is on a mission to create his own movie with the help of his brother Will. Is Hollywood ready for a superhero with Down's syndrome?

Tommy is an award-winning actor and activist with Down's syndrome. He has starred in high-profile TV programmes and short films, and now he wants to be a leading man. But the right roles are not being offered to him.

Tommy wants to show that people with Down's syndrome can play heroes and so, inspired by the advice of his agent, he has decided to take matters into his own hands.

• Watch Tommy Jessop Goes To Hollywood on BBC iPlayer below

Expert Witness

Discover how some of the UK’s most serious and complex cases were solved by the expertise of a band of unsung heroes – the expert witnesses. Gripping true crime stories.

When a dismembered body is discovered, police turn to a facial reconstruction expert to help identify the victim. And when a man is murdered in Northern Ireland, a cell site expert uses his tracking skills to help catch the killers.

• Watch Expert Witness series 3 on BBC iPlayer below
• Watch Expert Witness series 1 and 2 on BBC iPlayer below


When bridezilla-to-be Zara’s hen-do is interrupted by the end of the world, she and her four fellow working-class West Midlander best mates wait out the breakdown of human civilisation in an isolated holiday cottage in Wales.

Emerging from quarantine into the harsh new post-apocalyptic world, they find the male population has almost entirely wiped out and Britain is now a hellscape in which only the very fittest will survive. It’s inevitable on a hen do there’ll be fractious dynamics between friends so how will they come together to work out what to do with the male stripper, the only man who seems to have survived? Pitted against a group of radicalised Pilates instructors and using sex toys as spears against the enemy, will the dysfunctional friends survive in the harsh new world of societal breakdown?

• Watch Henpocalypse on BBC iPlayer

The Bold Type

The Bold Type follows three spirited young women who work for Scarlet, a global women’s magazine based in New York City. Jane, Kat and Sutton help each other navigate life’s challenges as they pursue their career goals, search for love and discover their identities.

• Watch The Bold Type series 1-5 on BBC iPlayerbelow

Paranormal: The Girl, The Ghost and The Gravestone

• Watch the trailer for Paranormal: The Girl, The Ghost and The Gravestone below

In this gripping new box-set series, Radio 1 presenter Sian Eleri investigates a seemingly ordinary farmhouse in north Wales which, in the late 1990s, became widely considered as one of the most haunted houses in Britain.

The story became the centre of a national media attention as the family who lived at the farm became ever more desperate in their search for answers. More than 300 apparently paranormal events were documented at the house in video footage, audio interviews, photos, and eye-witness accounts – all of which had been locked away, until now.

Reports ranged from words and pictures appearing and disappearing on the walls; objects moving around the house; and multiple witnesses reporting seeing a hooded figure and the ghost of a girl rumoured to be buried in the garden.

With exclusive access to the case archive and to those at the heart of the case, Sian sets out to uncover what really happened at Penyffordd Farm. Her starting position is one of scepticism but in a series of chilling and increasingly bizarre twists and turns, Sian is left questioning everything she thought she knew.

• Watch Paranormal: The Girl, The Ghost and The Gravestone on BBC iPlayer


Are you not entertained? The rise and fall of the Roman Empire through the Colosseum - an epic arena for Rome’s rulers, a savage stage for those who worked and fought there.

In AD80, the Colosseum is open for business. Roman emperor Titus plans 100 days of games to commemorate, including an epic battle to the death between gladiators Priscus and Verus.

• Watch Colosseum on BBC iPlayer below

Crazy Rich Agents: Selling Dream Homes

• Watch the trailer for Crazy Rich Agents: Selling Dream Homes below

In this new series we meet five newbie real estate brokers, who have risked it all to make it big in the world of luxury real estate. At stake, six figure commission cheques that could make or break them.

They’ve come from all walks of life: a former care home behavioural therapist, an international model, a building society worker, a Dubai estate agent, and a former music producer. Their backgrounds are unique, but they all want to become luxury real estate’s next big thing.

The rookie brokers have been summoned to one of their agency’s most luxurious properties: a £3 million Grade 2 listed castle in County Durham. Featuring 35 rooms, a wine cellar, and their new CEO Eddie Shapiro who has surprised them with an opportunity of a lifetime: the one who performs the best over the summer will get the opportunity to work at the agency’s headquarters in New York.

• Watch Crazy Rich Agents on BBC iPlayer below.

Source BBC iPlayer

September 19, 2023 3:00am ET by BBC iPlayer  


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