5 BBC classics to binge on iPlayer 

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Stuck at home with strikes and snow? Well here`s some excellent British TV to keep you entertained whilst you`re trapped inside.  

Blackadder

This 80s classic stars Rowan Atkinson as the quick-witted Edmund Blackadder and Tony Robinson as his dogsbody, Baldrick. With other comedy greats like Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Tim McInnerny and others rounding out the cast.  

These greats are helped by the writing of Richard Curtis, director and writer of Love Actually, and Ben Elton, co-writer of The Young Ones and various Andrew Lloyd-Webber musicals. Each season takes place in a different historical period, starting in 1485 and ending in 1917.  

With four seasons and only 26 episodes to watch, you can probably finish this brilliant comedy in a day or two. 

The Royle Family

The Royle Family

If you like your sitcoms to feel a bit comfier, then this one will be for you. Lasting three seasons with many Christmas specials, this comedy about a relatable Manchester based family won several National Television Awards, BAFTA`s and British Comedy Awards over its 14-year life.  

With just 25 episodes, you can easily finish this beloved show in a few sittings.  

Still Game

The Scottish sitcom so good they brought it back. This show about two Glasgow pensioners initially ran for six series from 2002 to 2007, however, in 2016 the show came back for three more, ending on a surprisingly touching note in 2019.   

Sadly, some of the specials are missing on iPlayer, as are the live shows, but there`s still 59 excellent episodes of comedy to binge at your leisure.   

Hustle

Time for something a bit more serious. This crime drama follows a group of con artists who specialise in `long cons`, extended forms of deceptive frauds that offer a greater reward but require more commitment.  

This ceaselessly clever show lasted for 48 episodes over eight series, all of which are available on iPlayer.  

Spooks

This explosive spy drama was ground-breaking when it first aired in 2002, over the next 10 series and 86 episodes it would be nominated for 10 BAFTA awards, winning two. The show follows a team of MI5 officers based at the Thames House headquarters, in a highly secure suite of offices known as The Grid.   This brilliant and stylistic drama is definitely worth a watch, even if the movie that concluded it all Spooks: The Greater Good isn`t available on iPlayer.

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