Earlier this year, the BBC admitted that 16-to 24-year-olds spend more time watching Netflix than all the BBC services combined. Those services even include the BBC iPlayer, just to reiterate how much the Beeb pails in comparison to Netflix in the streaming service stakes. In response, reports soon emerged that the BBC, ITV and Channel 4 may launch a joint streaming service to combat the likes of Amazon and Netflix. But actually, if you're wondering what to watch on BBC iPlayer, turns out there are more than a few good options.
Talks between the three traditionally terrestrial competitors are said to be in early stages, according to reports in the Guardian, with NBC Universal — the US TV and film group that owns the maker of Downton Abbey — also involved. However, with Netflix and Amazon Prime averaging 8.2 million and 4.3 million UK subscribers respectively (via the Broadcasters' Audience Research Board), getting back in the streaming service race is sure to be no easy task. So, what can the humble BBC iPlayer bring to the table?
Quite a lot, actually. Indeed — just like Netflix — there are several banging television shows you can marathon in their entirety on the BBC iPlayer. So, in response to the 16-to 24-year-old naysayers who think the BBC iPlayer is past it, we present these seven brilliant TV shows to watch right now, including comedy, drama, crime, and fantasy.