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What to watch on BBC iPlayer


The end of the year is always the best time for television, and the BBC has been putting out some great new titles available for you to watch on iPlayer.

Here are our top picks of the month.


The Little Drummer Girl

The Little Drummer Girl is a recent television series based on the 1983 novel of the same name by John le Carré.

Airing on BBC One last month and starring Florence Pugh, Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Shannon, the story follows the manipulations of Martin Kurtz, an Israeli spymaster intending to kill Khalil – a Palestinian terrorist who is bombing Jewish-related targets in Europe, particularly Germany – and Charlie, an English actress and double agent working on behalf of the Israelis.



Currently on its second season, Clique is a thriller TV series created by Jess Brittain, starring Synnøve Karlsen, Rachel Hurd-Wood and Sophia Brown. Originally released as part of BBC Three's online-only schedule, the series later aired on BBC One, and continues to do so currently.

Set a year after the events of the first season, Holly is now in her second year of university and living in a house-share with Louise and student activists Rayna and Fraser. Soon enough, she encounters a close-knit group of young men, led by the charismatic Jack Yorke, and finds herself becoming immersed in a campus-wide scandal.


Louis Theroux: Altered States

Everyone’s favourite documentary maker is back with a three-part series that explores America, focusing on two different states with three very different ways of life.

Theroux gets to meet a whole host of new people, talking to them about their views, learning their ways and even getting involved with their daily routines. From couples living in polyamorous relationships, to people preparing themselves to take a lethal but legally prescribed overdose to end their lives, this series has it all.



Making waves online this month after a harrowing episode about baby penguins, Dynasties is a nature documentary series focusing on five vulnerable or endangered species known to form enduring populations: chimpanzee, emperor penguin, lion, tiger and African wild dog. The series is produced by the BBC Natural History Unit and narrated by national treasure David Attenborough.



This isn’t so much a recent addition but definitely worth watching before the new series drops sometime next year. Luther stars British hunk Idris Elba as the titular character, DCI John Luther, a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

There are currently four seasons available to watch on iPlayer, with the filming of the fifth only recently completed.


The Cry

A short series clocking in at only four episodes, The Cry is a BBC One drama adapted from the novel of the same name by Helen FitzGerald. Starring Jenna Coleman as Joanna Lindsay, the series follows the lives of her and her husband after their four-month old baby Noah disappears whilst they’re visiting family in Australia.

All four episodes are full of twists and turns and Coleman delivers some fantastic acting, tossing the audience between pitying her and blaming her for everything until the very end.

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