Catch Up Hollyoaks Abroad Assignment

Freeview Audio Description TV Schedule

Wednesday 14th March

BBC ONE Lon (1)

  • 9:15am Holding Back the Years: 3, 10. Dr Rangan Chatterjee asks if we are a nation addicted to painkillers. Also in HD. (45 minutes)
  • 11:45am Caught Red Handed: 3, 20. Dom Littlewood shows how technology is being used to catch crooks. The owner of a hairdressing salon races to his shop hoping to catch thieves in the act. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 12:15pm Bargain Hunt: Westpoint: Natasha Raskin Sharp is in charge today as Bargain Hunt visits the Westpoint Arena near Exeter. Two sisters take on a husband and wife as they race against the clock. Also in HD. (45 minutes)
  • 1:45pm Doctors: Home Truths: Jimmi risks his counselling qualification when he turns the tables on his assessor. Ayesha has some home truths for Valerie, and Emma discovers an injured man. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 3:10pm Escape to the Country: Wiltshire: Jonnie Irwin goes property hunting in Wiltshire with a couple who have a budget of £800k. Also in HD. (35 minutes)
  • 8:00pm DIY SOS: The Big Build: West Bromwich: With a family stuck in a tiny home, unable to deal with their grief, the team and West Bromwich volunteers step in to help Sandra keep the family together. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 9:00pm Saving the British Bulldog: Documentary. Comedian, actress and dog lover Catherine Tate investigates the serious health problems affecting the British bulldog and what can be done to save it. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 11:45pm The Artist: Oscar-winning comedy drama. A silent film star falls in love with a young dancer, but the advent of talking pictures changes their careers. Also in HD. (1 hour 35 minutes)

BBC TWO (2)

  • 12:15am MasterChef: 1, 25. A new series of the cookery competition begins as John Torode and Gregg Wallace return to the judging table on the hunt for the next MasterChef champion. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 1:15am An Island Parish: After the Hurricane: After Hurricane Irma, one of the strongest storms in Caribbean history, cameras return to the island parish of Anguilla to see how people are surviving and rebuilding. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 2:15am Royal Recipes: 15, 15. Party Food: Michael Buerk and Paul Ainsworth impress with a dish from the Queen's 80th birthday dinner. Also in HD. (45 minutes)
  • 6:30am Holding Back the Years: 2, 10. Fiona Phillips investigates how to survive a house fire. Also in HD. (45 minutes)
  • 8:00am Great British Railway Journeys: Pontyclun to Ebbw Vale Town: Michael Portillo strikes gold at the Royal Mint in Llantrisant, where after much frisking, he gains access to the inner vaults. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 2:15pm Your Home In Their Hands: Brave homeowners hand over their front door keys to amateur designers, hoping that they will solve their design dilemmas. Interior designer Celia Sawyer assesses the results. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 3:15pm Planet Earth: 3, 11. Fresh Water: Following the descent of the planet's mightiest rivers from their sources to the sea. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 4:15pm Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan: 3, 5. Sara Cox: Gordon Buchanan takes household names on a wildlife adventure. Gordon and Sara are in Dartmoor, famed for its rugged landscape and tough little wild ponies. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 7:00pm Saving Lives at Sea: Documentary series following the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The Dover crew race to a Channel swimmer who has collapsed within eyesight of the French coast. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 8:00pm World's Most Extraordinary Homes: Japan: Piers and Caroline travel to Japan, a country that combines innovation with tradition. Also in HD. (1 hour)
  • 9:00pm The Assassination of Gianni Versace -...: ...American Crime Story. 3, 9. A Random Killing: Lee Miglin invites escort Andrew Cunanan into his... Contains some strong language, prolonged violence and some upsetting scenes. Also in HD. (50 minutes)
  • 11:15pm Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland: Monica Galetti and Giles Coren head to the foothills of the Swiss Alps to experience health and wellness tourism. Also in HD. (1 hour)

Channel 4 (4)

  • 9:00am Frasier: Travels with Martin: Frasier, Niles, Martin and Daphne go on an outrageous road trip, which almost leads to disaster for Daphne. (35 minutes)
  • 9:35am Frasier: Author! Author!: Frasier and Niles decide to write a book together. It doesn't go well. (30 minutes)
  • 6:00pm The Simpsons: Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing: Bart's heart strings are pulled once again when Mary Spuckler returns to Springfield, but he fails to pay her enough attention. (S24 Ep12, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 6:30pm Hollyoaks: Sienna tells one of her biggest lies. Darren and Nancy return from their holiday. James gives Kyle some rules, while Ollie is struggling with pressure from his dad and lashes out at Imran. (30 minutes)

Channel 5 (5)

  • 12:15pm GPs: Behind Closed Doors: Documentary series. An update on three consultations from the first three series, including Karen who was caught in a cycle of binging and purging. (S3 Ep 45) (50 minutes)
  • 1:15pm Home and Away: Olivia tells Hunter that she is moving to Melbourne. Maggie collapses after returning to work. Justin and Willow admit that they care for each other more than they thought. (30 minutes)
  • 1:45pm Neighbours: Susan questions Karl's loyalties. Leo is rescued. Xanthe is upset that Ben is reconsidering the job offer in Oakey. The owner of the pregnancy test is revealed. (30 minutes)
  • 2:15pm NCIS: Naval Killer : Nine Lives: US drama. The investigation into the murder of a Marine hits a major snag when it emerges that the main suspect is also the key witness in an ongoing FBI case. (S6 Ep 5) (1 hour)
  • 5:30pm Neighbours: Susan questions Karl's loyalties. Leo is rescued. Xanthe is upset that Ben is reconsidering the job offer in Oakey. The owner of the pregnancy test is revealed. (30 minutes)
  • 6:00pm Home and Away: Olivia tells Hunter that she is moving to Melbourne. Maggie collapses after returning to work. Justin and Willow admit that they care for each other more than they thought. (30 minutes)
  • 8:00pm New: GPs: Behind Closed Doors: Documentary series. Two teenagers, one who has survived cancer and one with a parent who has the disease, discuss their fears and concerns with the GPs. (S5 Ep 33) (1 hour)

ITV2 (6)

  • 12:20am American Dad!: Morning Mimosa: Animated series. When Steve swears at Francine, she refuses to cook for him and he becomes a successful chef. Stan begins to believe he can make people invisible. (25 minutes)
  • 12:45am American Dad!: Scents and Sensei-Bility: Animated comedy. When Snot is a natural at karate, Steve does his best to save his friend from being a bad kid. Meanwhile, Klaus develops a horrible smell. (30 minutes)
  • 7:10am Who's Doing the Dishes?: Tessa Sanderson CBE: Brian McFadden presents the dining challenge show. Four diners try to guess the identity of mystery host and former Olympic gold medallist Tessa Sanderson. (45 minutes)
  • 7:55am Emmerdale: Things get out of hand for Gabby and Liv, Joe wants answers, and Belle and Lachlan prepare for their big launch. (1 hour)
  • 12:05pm Emmerdale: Things get out of hand for Gabby and Liv, Joe wants answers, and Belle and Lachlan prepare for their big launch. (1 hour)
  • 10:55pm Family Guy: I Take Thee, Quagmire: Animated comedy series about family life. When Peter goes on a television game show and wins a maid for a week, Quagmire ends up proposing marriage to her. (30 minutes)
  • 11:25pm Family Guy: Sibling Rivalry: Animated comedy series about family life. Stewie's half-brother and arch-rival Bertram confronts him, and they declare an all-out war for control of the playground. (25 minutes)
  • 11:50pm American Dad!: My Affair Lady: Hayley considers having an affair with a married co-worker during a work retreat to Belize. Meanwhile, Stan chauffeurs Steve and Francine to a mother-son dance. (30 minutes)

BBC FOUR (9)

  • 2:55am Art of Spain: 1, 3. The Moorish South: Andrew Graham-Dixon explores Spain's art history. He travels from Cordoba to Granada via Seville, examining the influence of Moorish culture. (1 hour)
  • 7:30pm Great Irish Journeys with Martha Kearney: 3, 4. Martha Kearney retraces the footsteps of artist Georges Victor Du Noyer. Martha examines the movement of power from Newgrange to the sumptuous Castletown House. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 8:00pm The Secret History of Our Streets: 3, 3. The Fittie Squares, Aberdeen: Focusing on the Fittie Squares, a model housing scheme built for fishermen in 1809. Also in HD. (1 hour)

ITV3 (10)

  • 7:55am The Royal: Can't Buy Me Love: Ormerod's father in law makes a special bequest to the family, while Ken has a confession to make when the hospital pools syndicate celebrate their win. (1 hour)
  • 12:35pm The Royal: Love & Loss: There's a race against time to find a baby kidnapped from the hospital nursery, and Susie's drunken antics prove to be the last straw for Matron. (1 hour)
  • 7:00pm Murder, She Wrote: Ballad for a Blue Lady: Jessica gets enmeshed in feuds, infidelity, and murder in Nashville. (1 hour)
  • 8:00pm Vera: Home: Quiet life in suburbia takes a dark turn when a woman is found murdered in her garden, and DCI Vera Stanhope discovers that the neighbours aren't all that they seem... (2 hours)
  • 10:00pm Law & Order: UK: Flaw: Crime drama series. DS Ronnie Brooks is joined by his new partner DS Joe Hawkins as they investigate the death of a jeweller whose body is found minus his hands and teeth. (1 hour)
  • 11:00pm Law & Order: UK: Safe From Harm: Crime drama. The fatal stabbing of a psychiatrist with a caseload of violent adolescent patients leaves Ronnie and Joe wondering if one of them is the culprit. (1 hour)

Pick (11)

  • 12:00am Cop Squad UK: Sharing shifts with Cambridgeshire's police force, this documentary reveals what life on the beat is really like. Contains strong language and some distressing scenes. (9, 10) (1 hour)
  • 3:00am Brit Cops: Rapid Response: Action-packed documentary following rapid response officers, the fastest cops in Britain, as they crack down on crime. Time is of the essence! (S3, ep 9) (1 hour)
  • 4:00am Motorway Patrol: Documentary series from New Zealand following the madness and mayhem faced by intrepid officers as they pull over motorists for a variety of suspected offences. (S4, ep 5) (30 minutes)
  • 4:30am Motorway Patrol: Documentary series from New Zealand following the madness and mayhem faced by intrepid officers as they pull over motorists for a variety of suspected offences. (S4, ep 6) (30 minutes)
  • 5:00am Nothing To Declare: Fly-on-the-wall documentary series following the men and women who defend Australia from drug runners, illegal immigrants and terrorists. (S1, ep 21) (30 minutes)
  • 8:00am Police Force Australia: Documentary series joining police forces across Australia as they deal with everything from dramatic siege situations and major drug busts to murder investigations. (S3, ep 9) (30 minutes)
  • 8:30am Police Force Australia: Documentary series joining police forces across Australia as they deal with everything from dramatic siege situations and major drug busts to murder investigations. (S3, ep 10) (30 minutes)
  • 3:00pm Police Force Australia: Documentary series joining police forces across Australia as they deal with everything from dramatic siege situations and major drug busts to murder investigations. (S3, ep 11) (30 minutes)
  • 3:30pm Police Force Australia: Documentary series joining police forces across Australia as they deal with everything from dramatic siege situations and major drug busts to murder investigations. (S3, ep 12) (30 minutes)
  • 4:00pm Customs UK: In Dover, a giant X-ray machine helps officers tackle industrial-scale smugglers hoping to hide amongst the thousands of trucks flooding through the port each day. (S1, ep 5) (30 minutes)
  • 5:30pm Rspca Animal Rescue: Moving series following RSPCA workers in Australia as they work to help animals in need. (S4, ep 1) (30 minutes)
  • 9:00pm Bones: The Head in Abutment: The team investigates the death of a popular professional hockey player whose headless corpse was dumped in a river. Contains mature themes. (S11, ep 19) (1 hour)
  • 11:00pm BritCam: Emergency On...: ...Our Streets. Keep a close eye on the British public in this candid documentary utilising cutting-edge mobile body cameras. Results range from the high-octane to the heartfelt. (1, 10) (1 hour)

Dave (12)

  • 2:45am Suits: Faith: The mid-season adjournment of the hit US legal drama. This flashback-heavy episode deals with Mike and Harvey's family relationships. The partners vote on Jessica's future. (50 minutes)
  • 1:00pm Top Gear: Opinionated motoring news, views and features with Jeremy Clarkson, James May and Richard Hammond. The lads pay homage to British Leyland and put some vintage BL models to the test. (1 hour)
  • 2:00pm Top Gear: A chest-thumping, patriotic edition of the motoring show! Those three British bulldogs toast all that is great about our motor industry and take to the country's finest roads. (1 hour)
  • 3:00pm Impossible Engineering: Kansai Airport: Learn about the ambitious construction of Kansai International Airport in Japan, which is built on a man-made island and can withstand destructive natural disasters. (1 hour)
  • 5:00pm Top Gear: Formula 1 star Lewis Hamilton joins Jeremy Clarkson and his fellow petrolheads for the motoring show that packs a real punch. Vauxhall's VXR8 gets a spin on the test track. (1 hour)
  • 6:00pm Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson and his fellow petrolheads return with another packed edition of the iconic motoring show. David Tennant swaps the Tardis for a Chevrolet Lacetti on the test track. (1 hour)
  • 8:00pm New: Yianni: Supercar Customiser: Up to Scratch: New. Supercar makeovers. A client's dad wants his son's new Jaguar F-TYPE to have a 'cow' wrap - which Yianni sagely overlooks in favour of some James Bond cool. (30 minutes)
  • 8:30pm New: Yianni: Supercar Customiser: Family Affair: New. Aston Merrygold is the latest superstar supercar owner to have his wheels revamped. Yianni's kids choose the next wrap colour of their dad's Lamborghini. (30 minutes)

Channel 4+1 (13)

  • 10:00am Frasier: Travels with Martin: Frasier, Niles, Martin and Daphne go on an outrageous road trip, which almost leads to disaster for Daphne. (35 minutes)
  • 10:35am Frasier: Author! Author!: Frasier and Niles decide to write a book together. It doesn't go well. (30 minutes)
  • 7:00pm The Simpsons: Love Is a Many-Splintered Thing: Bart's heart strings are pulled once again when Mary Spuckler returns to Springfield, but he fails to pay her enough attention. (S24 Ep12, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 7:30pm Hollyoaks: Sienna tells one of her biggest lies. Darren and Nancy return from their holiday. James gives Kyle some rules, while Ollie is struggling with pressure from his dad and lashes out at Imran. (30 minutes)

More 4 (14)

  • 2:15am The Good Fight: Self Condemned: Diane and Adrian represent a surprising but familiar face in a police brutality case. Lucca helps Maia at her interview with a federal investigator. (S1 Ep9, 10) (1 hour)
  • 6:55pm The Supervet: Basset hound Barney needs high-risk surgery on his troubled neck vertebrae. A giant mastiff undergoes radical surgery on both elbows. And a family puppy has fractured his foot. (1 hour)
  • 7:55pm Grand Designs: Kevin McCloud revisits an epic Grand Design five years after a couple set out to transform a derelict mill cottage in the beautiful Northumberland countryside. (1 hour 5 minutes)

Really (17)

  • 9:00am Fantasy Homes by the Sea: Morocco: Engaging property series featuring spectacular seaside homes. In the exotic Moroccan resort of Essaouira, a woman has 450,000 pounds to spend on her perfect property. (1 hour)
  • 10:00am DIY SOS: The Big Build: Cumbria: Inspirational home makeovers. Rob and Michelle had to halt renovation work on their house when their son Noah was born with spina bifida. Can the team finish the job? (1 hour)
  • 2:00pm Fantasy Homes by the Sea: Morocco: Engaging property series featuring spectacular seaside homes. In the exotic Moroccan resort of Essaouira, a woman has 450,000 pounds to spend on her perfect property. (1 hour)
  • 4:00pm Paranormal Investigators: Ghost hunters search for violent spirits in the US and Canada. Researcher Ursula goes in search of a reported devil baby in one of Chicago's most haunted places. (1 hour)
  • 5:00pm Ghost Adventures: Bonnie Springs Ranch: Eerie investigations. Zak, Nick and Aaron watch out for ghostly gunslingers as they visit a Wild West theme park in Nevada that was once a settlers' camp. (1 hour)

Drama (20)

  • 2:10am London's Burning: New. Popular drama series about a team of firefighters. This edition finds Blue Watch caught up in a horrific street disturbance. (50 minutes)

5 USA (21)

  • 2:50am CSI: Crime Scene Investigation: Appendicitement: Crime drama. Henry's surprise birthday celebration turns into a disaster when the gang discovers a dead body in a shut-down barbeque joint. (S10 Ep 9) (1 hour)

ITV4 (24)

  • 12:30am Minder: Arthur Is Dead, Long Live Arthur: Comedy drama series. Faced by a massive tax demand, Arthur considers taking his own life. (1 hour)
  • 1:30am The Americans: Dyatkovo: Cold War drama series. A surprise assignment from the Centre divides Philip and Elizabeth and forces them into a moment of profound crisis. (50 minutes)
  • 3:20pm Minder: From Fulham with Love: Comedy drama series. Arthur extends the grasping hand of free enterprise across the Iron Curtain when a Russian ship arrives in port. (1 hour 5 minutes)
  • 9:00pm The Chronicles of Riddick: Action sequel starring Vin Diesel and Thandie Newton, 2004. Riddick is caught between two warring forces while trying to uncover the origins of his past. (1 hour 5 minutes)
  • 10:10pm The Chronicles of Riddick: Action sequel starring Vin Diesel and Thandie Newton, 2004. Riddick is caught between two warring forces while trying to uncover the origins of his past. (1 hour 5 minutes)
  • 11:15pm Lethal Weapon: Fools Rush In: Riggs and Murtaugh's latest case sees them drawn into a fatal world of conspiracy theories. Meanwhile, Riggs's relationship with Molly evolves. (55 minutes)

ITV2 +1 (27)

  • 12:25am Family Guy: Petergeist: Animated comedy about American family life. When Joe builds a new home theatre system, Peter builds a multiplex in his back yard and discovers an Indian burial ground. (30 minutes)
  • 12:55am Family Guy: Patriot Games: Animated comedy series about family life. After impressing quarterback Tom Brady at his school reunion, Peter lands a place in the New England Patriots football team. (25 minutes)
  • 1:20am American Dad!: Morning Mimosa: Animated series. When Steve swears at Francine, she refuses to cook for him and he becomes a successful chef. Stan begins to believe he can make people invisible. (25 minutes)
  • 1:45am American Dad!: Scents and Sensei-Bility: Animated comedy. When Snot is a natural at karate, Steve does his best to save his friend from being a bad kid. Meanwhile, Klaus develops a horrible smell. (30 minutes)

E4 (28)

  • 12:00am First Dates: Will sausage roll maker Joel's culinary creativity impress recipe developer Mimi? And how will model Laura react when she finds out what tall, dark Dan does for a living? (S9 Ep11) (1 hour 5 minutes)
  • 2:05am Tattoo Fixers: Brand new series: Luke's derriere disaster proves to be a two-man job for Sketch and Jay, Alice covers a design that reminds Katie of her ex, and Glen puts a snowman on ice. (S4 Ep15) (55 minutes)
  • 3:00am Gogglebox: What do Britain's favourite viewers think of Tonight at the London Palladium, Theresa May's appearance on The One Show, Britain's Got Talent, King Charles III and First Dates? (S9 Ep12) (50 minutes)
  • 3:50am First Dates Abroad: On a visit to the Canadian First Dates restaurant, single mother Dawn-Marie is feeling nervous about going on her first date in 20 years with single dad Thomas. (Ep4, 14) (25 minutes)
  • 6:00am Hollyoaks: Sienna gets a shock when she returns home - could her 'justice' card of fate be playing its part? Marnie tries to hide her tag from Buster, while Kyle has a plan to get the man. (30 minutes)
  • 6:30am Hollyoaks: Sienna ends up in a dangerous situation, but will anyone be there to help? Ellie has had enough of Sami's lies, while Ella is feeling left out by Luke. (30 minutes)
  • 10:00am How I Met Your Mother: Mosbius Designs: Ted loses his job and decides to set up his own architecture company in the flat he shares with Robin. Barney tells Marshall how he feels about Robin. (S4 Ep20, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 10:30am How I Met Your Mother: The Three Days Rule: Ted's friends pressure him into waiting three days before calling Holly, a girl he likes, and asking her out, but he secretly starts sending her texts. (S4 Ep21, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 11:00am Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Slump: Peralta has a growing number of crime cases that he can't seem to solve. Holt asks Santiago to take charge of a community outreach programme for at-risk youth. (S1 Ep3, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 11:30am Brooklyn Nine-Nine: M.E. Time: Peralta meets an attractive medical examiner, but he annoys his colleagues when his attempts to get together with her cause a hold-up with an autopsy report. (S1 Ep4, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 12:00pm The Goldbergs: Jedi Master Adam Skywalker: Barry and Erica try to find out how they will appear in the school yearbook. Murray is annoyed when Marvin visits to ask for money. (S4 Ep23, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 12:30pm The Goldbergs: Graduation Day: Erica can't wait to get out of the house as Graduation Day looms, Barry's plans for a summer with Lainey turn to dust, and Dana pays a visit. (S4 Ep24, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 1:00pm The Big Bang Theory: The Maternal Congruence: Leonard is horrified when his mother turns up unannounced for a visit at Christmas, but then he finds out Sheldon knew about her arrival in advance. (S3 Ep11, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 1:30pm The Big Bang Theory: The Psychic Vortex: Sheldon and Raj go to a university party, where Raj lusts after a girl called Abby. Leonard regrets telling Penny he disapproves of her belief in psychics. (S3 Ep12, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 2:00pm How I Met Your Mother: Okay Awesome: Ted investigates the club scene with Barney and Robin, while Marshall and Lily try to be more 'grown up' as their wedding day approaches. (S1 Ep5, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 2:30pm How I Met Your Mother: Slutty Pumpkin: Ted goes to a boring Halloween party hoping to find a girl he lost touch with who dresses as a 'slutty pumpkin'. Robin goes on a double date. (S1 Ep6, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 3:00pm New Girl: Thanksgiving: Jess invites Paul, a music teacher from her school whom she's always had a crush on, to the gang's big Thanksgiving dinner, which naturally goes horribly awry. (S1 Ep6, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 3:30pm New Girl: Bells: Needing rehearsal space, Jess brings her youth hand-bell quartet to the flat to practise, but things take an interesting turn when Winston reveals hidden musical talents. (S1 Ep7, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 4:00pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Bet: Peralta and Santiago's ongoing bet about who can make the most arrests comes to an awkward conclusion. Boyle gets a medal after he's shot in the line of duty. (S1 Ep13, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 4:30pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Ebony Falcon: For his first task back in the field, Sgt Jeffords prepares to join Peralta and Boyle to infiltrate a gymnasium where steroids are being sold illegally. (S1 Ep14, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 5:00pm The Goldbergs: Stop Arguing and Start Thanking: When Beverly invites Murray's unreliable brother Marvin to visit at Thanksgiving, she reignites their long-standing feud. (S1 Ep9, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 5:30pm The Goldbergs: Shopping: Erica's new job at a department store is put in jeopardy when Beverly takes advantage of her daughter's employee discount far too frequently. (S1 Ep10, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 6:00pm The Big Bang Theory: The Plimpton Stimulation: When Sheldon meets a famous physicist online, he invites her over to the apartment, where she spends her time flirting with Leonard. (S3 Ep21, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 6:30pm The Big Bang Theory: The Staircase Implementation: This episode flashes back to the start of Sheldon and Leonard's friendship seven years earlier and explains the roommate agreement. (S3 Ep22, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 7:00pm Hollyoaks: Nancy confronts Darren about their problems, but how will he cover up his affair with Mandy? Misbah offers to help Joel, but this could become a problem for Sienna. (30 minutes)
  • 8:30pm The Big Bang Theory: Brand new series - The Separation Triangulation: Raj gets into a domestic drama with his new date Nell and her estranged husband. Sheldon rents his old room back from Leonard. (S11 Ep14, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 11:05pm The Big Bang Theory: The Commitment Determination: Sheldon pressures Leonard and Penny to choose a date for their wedding while dealing with changes in his own relationship. (S8 Ep24, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 11:35pm The Big Bang Theory: The Matrimonial Momentum: Penny struggles with Leonard's confession that he kissed another woman. Sheldon doesn't know how to act when Amy breaks up with him. (S9 Ep1, 24) (25 minutes)

E4+1 (29)

  • 12:05am The Big Bang Theory: The Graduation Transmission: Leonard is invited to give the commencement address at his former high school. Howard and Sheldon can't make a toy drone fly. (S8 Ep22, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 12:35am The Big Bang Theory: The Maternal Combustion: Personalities collide when Sheldon and Leonard's mothers finally meet. Howard decides to 'man up' and do his share of the housework. (S8 Ep23, 24) (25 minutes)
  • 1:00am First Dates: Will sausage roll maker Joel's culinary creativity impress recipe developer Mimi? And how will model Laura react when she finds out what tall, dark Dan does for a living? (S9 Ep11) (1 hour 5 minutes)
  • 3:05am Tattoo Fixers: Brand new series: Luke's derriere disaster proves to be a two-man job for Sketch and Jay, Alice covers a design that reminds Katie of her ex, and Glen puts a snowman on ice. (S4 Ep15) (55 minutes)
  • 4:00am Gogglebox: What do Britain's favourite viewers think of Tonight at the London Palladium, Theresa May's appearance on The One Show, Britain's Got Talent, King Charles III and First Dates? (S9 Ep12) (50 minutes)
  • 4:50am First Dates Abroad: On a visit to the Canadian First Dates restaurant, single mother Dawn-Marie is feeling nervous about going on her first date in 20 years with single dad Thomas. (Ep4, 14) (25 minutes)
  • 7:00am Hollyoaks: Sienna gets a shock when she returns home - could her 'justice' card of fate be playing its part? Marnie tries to hide her tag from Buster, while Kyle has a plan to get the man. (30 minutes)
  • 7:30am Hollyoaks: Sienna ends up in a dangerous situation, but will anyone be there to help? Ellie has had enough of Sami's lies, while Ella is feeling left out by Luke. (30 minutes)
  • 11:00am How I Met Your Mother: Mosbius Designs: Ted loses his job and decides to set up his own architecture company in the flat he shares with Robin. Barney tells Marshall how he feels about Robin. (S4 Ep20, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 11:30am How I Met Your Mother: The Three Days Rule: Ted's friends pressure him into waiting three days before calling Holly, a girl he likes, and asking her out, but he secretly starts sending her texts. (S4 Ep21, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 12:00pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Slump: Peralta has a growing number of crime cases that he can't seem to solve. Holt asks Santiago to take charge of a community outreach programme for at-risk youth. (S1 Ep3, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 12:30pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine: M.E. Time: Peralta meets an attractive medical examiner, but he annoys his colleagues when his attempts to get together with her cause a hold-up with an autopsy report. (S1 Ep4, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 1:00pm The Goldbergs: Jedi Master Adam Skywalker: Barry and Erica try to find out how they will appear in the school yearbook. Murray is annoyed when Marvin visits to ask for money. (S4 Ep23, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 1:30pm The Goldbergs: Graduation Day: Erica can't wait to get out of the house as Graduation Day looms, Barry's plans for a summer with Lainey turn to dust, and Dana pays a visit. (S4 Ep24, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 2:00pm The Big Bang Theory: The Maternal Congruence: Leonard is horrified when his mother turns up unannounced for a visit at Christmas, but then he finds out Sheldon knew about her arrival in advance. (S3 Ep11, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 2:30pm The Big Bang Theory: The Psychic Vortex: Sheldon and Raj go to a university party, where Raj lusts after a girl called Abby. Leonard regrets telling Penny he disapproves of her belief in psychics. (S3 Ep12, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 3:00pm How I Met Your Mother: Okay Awesome: Ted investigates the club scene with Barney and Robin, while Marshall and Lily try to be more 'grown up' as their wedding day approaches. (S1 Ep5, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 3:30pm How I Met Your Mother: Slutty Pumpkin: Ted goes to a boring Halloween party hoping to find a girl he lost touch with who dresses as a 'slutty pumpkin'. Robin goes on a double date. (S1 Ep6, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 4:00pm New Girl: Thanksgiving: Jess invites Paul, a music teacher from her school whom she's always had a crush on, to the gang's big Thanksgiving dinner, which naturally goes horribly awry. (S1 Ep6, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 4:30pm New Girl: Bells: Needing rehearsal space, Jess brings her youth hand-bell quartet to the flat to practise, but things take an interesting turn when Winston reveals hidden musical talents. (S1 Ep7, 24) (30 minutes)
  • 5:00pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Bet: Peralta and Santiago's ongoing bet about who can make the most arrests comes to an awkward conclusion. Boyle gets a medal after he's shot in the line of duty. (S1 Ep13, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 5:30pm Brooklyn Nine-Nine: The Ebony Falcon: For his first task back in the field, Sgt Jeffords prepares to join Peralta and Boyle to infiltrate a gymnasium where steroids are being sold illegally. (S1 Ep14, 22) (30 minutes)
  • 6:00pm The Goldbergs: Stop Arguing and Start Thanking: When Beverly invites Murray's unreliable brother Marvin to visit at Thanksgiving, she reignites their long-standing feud. (S1 Ep9, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 6:30pm The Goldbergs: Shopping: Erica's new job at a department store is put in jeopardy when Beverly takes advantage of her daughter's employee discount far too frequently. (S1 Ep10, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 7:00pm The Big Bang Theory: The Plimpton Stimulation: When Sheldon meets a famous physicist online, he invites her over to the apartment, where she spends her time flirting with Leonard. (S3 Ep21, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 7:30pm The Big Bang Theory: The Staircase Implementation: This episode flashes back to the start of Sheldon and Leonard's friendship seven years earlier and explains the roommate agreement. (S3 Ep22, 23) (30 minutes)
  • 8:00pm Hollyoaks: Nancy confronts Darren about their problems, but how will he cover up his affair with Mandy? Misbah offers to help Joel, but this could become a problem for Sienna. (30 minutes)
  • 9:00pm New: The Goldbergs: Brand new series - Dinner with the Goldbergs: Geoff takes Erica out to a restaurant with her family to celebrate her birthday, but dinner with the Goldbergs is no ordinary meal... (S5 Ep12) (30 minutes)
  • 9:30pm The Big Bang Theory: Brand new series - The Separation Triangulation: Raj gets into a domestic drama with his new date Nell and her estranged husband. Sheldon rents his old room back from Leonard. (S11 Ep14, 24) (30 minutes)

ITV +1 (33)

  • 1:15am Rachel Nickell: The Untold Story: Fiona Bruce revisits the murder of Rachel Nickell on Wimbledon Common in July 1992, uncovering what happened on that fateful day and the difficulties posed by the case. (55 minutes)

ITV3+1 (34)

  • 12:00am Scott & Bailey: Second of a two-part story. The team finally break down the wall of silence maintained by their four murder suspects. Meanwhile, Rachel cannot fight her attraction to Sean. (5 minutes)
  • 8:00pm Murder, She Wrote: Ballad for a Blue Lady: Jessica gets enmeshed in feuds, infidelity, and murder in Nashville. (1 hour)
  • 9:00pm Vera: Home: Quiet life in suburbia takes a dark turn when a woman is found murdered in her garden, and DCI Vera Stanhope discovers that the neighbours aren't all that they seem... (2 hours)
  • 11:00pm Law & Order: UK: Flaw: Crime drama series. DS Ronnie Brooks is joined by his new partner DS Joe Hawkins as they investigate the death of a jeweller whose body is found minus his hands and teeth. (1 hour)

Challenge (46)

  • 1:00am The Chase: Bradley Walsh hosts the game show that asks contestants to complete a series of general knowledge questions faster than The Chaser, a brainbox of the highest order. (1 hour)
  • 4:00am Catchphrase: Popular quiz in which contestants can win cash prizes and a dream holiday by guessing the well-known expressions and sayings represented by animated characters. (30 minutes)
  • 4:30am Catchphrase: Popular quiz in which contestants can win cash prizes and a dream holiday by guessing the well-known expressions and sayings represented by animated characters. (30 minutes)
  • 8:00am Bruce's Price Is Right: Bruce Forsyth hosts the game show in which contestants come on down to win prizes by correctly guessing the prices of various goods. (30 minutes)
  • 8:30am Bruce's Price Is Right: Bruce Forsyth hosts the game show in which contestants come on down to win prizes by correctly guessing the prices of various goods. (30 minutes)
  • 10:00am Family Fortunes: Two families play against each other in the big money survey-based gameshow presented by Les Dennis. (S10, ep 17) (30 minutes)
  • 10:30am Family Fortunes: Two families play against each other in the big money survey-based gameshow presented by Les Dennis. (S10, ep 18) (30 minutes)
  • 1:00pm Catchphrase: Popular quiz in which contestants can win cash prizes and a dream holiday by guessing the well-known expressions and sayings represented by animated characters. (30 minutes)
  • 1:30pm Catchphrase: Popular quiz in which contestants can win cash prizes and a dream holiday by guessing the well-known expressions and sayings represented by animated characters. (30 minutes)
  • 2:00pm Family Fortunes: Two families play against each other in the big money survey-based gameshow presented by Les Dennis. (30 minutes)
  • 2:30pm Family Fortunes: Two families play against each other in the big money survey-based gameshow presented by Les Dennis. (30 minutes)
  • 6:00pm The Cube: Celebrity Special: Phillip Schofield hosts as contestants take on a series of challenges within a four-metre perspex cube for the chance of winning up to 250,000. (S3, ep 9) (50 minutes)
  • 6:50pm Pointless Celebrities: Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman host a celebrity version of the quiz show seeking the most obscure answers to general knowledge questions. (1 hour 10 minutes)
  • 8:00pm The Chase: Bradley Walsh hosts the game show that asks contestants to complete a series of general knowledge questions faster than The Chaser, a brainbox of the highest order. (1 hour)

4seven (47)

  • 12:25am Married at First Sight: The two couples who married at first sight enter the final weeks of the experiment to see if they have a long-term future. Will they stay together or seek a divorce? (S3 Ep4, 4) (55 minutes)
  • 1:20am Seven Year Switch : Four couples try to save their failing relationships by switching partners. Each person must witness moving, gut-wrenching revelations and confessions from their real partners. (Ep2, 6) (55 minutes)
  • 4:20am Food Unwrapped: Are baby carrots really babies? Why are some vanilla ice creams more expensive than others? How can coffees have lots of flavours when they use just two types of coffee beans? (S13 Ep5, 6) (30 minutes)

My5 (54)

  • 2:00am GPs: Behind Closed Doors: Observational documentary series. Three patients with problem feet come hobbling into the Balham Park surgery. (S3 Ep 32) (1 hour)
  • 3:00am GPs: Behind Closed Doors: Observational reality series. The doctors deal with a young man whose binge drinking is putting his health at risk, and a recovering alcoholic who has fallen off the wagon. (S3 Ep 26) (1 hour)
  • 9:10am Neighbours: Susan is furious with both Izzy and Karl. Elly finds a pregnancy test in her handbag - is it Izzy's? Rafael is horrified when Leo has an accident as a result of his sabotage. (25 minutes)
  • 9:35am Home and Away: Justin takes Ash to the cottage, where Ash and Robbo fight. Hunter breaks down after Olivia's rejection. Justin finds Willow up to her old tricks. (25 minutes)
  • 2:00pm GPs: Behind Closed Doors : Observational documentary series. The busy GPs of the Farnham Road Surgery in Slough are faced with a number of potentially life threatening health scares. (S4 Ep 1) (1 hour)
  • 3:00pm GPs: Behind Closed Doors: Dr Bulger is trying to work out why her diabetic patient Sarah's insulin levels are sky high. Delving deeper, Dr Bulger learns that Sarah has not eaten properly in three months. (S4 Ep 2) (1 hour)
  • 7:00pm GPs: Behind Closed Doors: Observational documentary series. 24-year-old Samantha has been her mother's carer since she was 16 and the emotional burden has taken its toll. (S4 Ep 4) (1 hour)

BBC ONE HD (101)

  • 9:00pm Saving the British Bulldog: Documentary. Comedian, actress and dog lover Catherine Tate investigates the serious health problems affecting the British bulldog and what can be done to save it. (1 hour)
  • 11:45pm The Artist: Oscar-winning comedy drama. A silent film star falls in love with a young dancer, but the advent of talking pictures changes their careers. (1 hour 35 minutes)

BBC TWO HD (102)

  • 3:15pm Planet Earth: 3, 11. Fresh Water: Documentary series which celebrates earth in all its glory. This edition follows the descent of the planet's mightiest rivers from their mountain sources to the sea. (1 hour)
  • 4:15pm Into the Wild with Gordon Buchanan: 3, 5. Sara Cox: Gordon Buchanan takes household names on a wildlife adventure. Gordon and Sara are in Dartmoor, famed for its rugged landscape and tough little wild ponies. (1 hour)
  • 7:00pm Saving Lives at Sea: Documentary series following the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The Dover crew race to a Channel swimmer who has collapsed within eyesight of the French coast. (1 hour)
  • 8:00pm World's Most Extraordinary Homes: Japan: Piers Taylor and Caroline Quentin travel to Japan, a country that combines innovation with traditional design. And with land at a premium here, small is definitely beautiful. (1 hour)
  • 9:00pm The Assassination of Gianni Versace -...: ...American Crime Story. 3, 9. A Random Killing: Lee Miglin invites escort Andrew Cunanan into his home. Contains some strong language, prolonged violence and some upsetting scenes. (50 minutes)
  • 11:15pm Amazing Hotels: Life Beyond the Lobby: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz, Switzerland: Monica Galetti and Giles Coren head to the foothills of the Swiss Alps to experience health and wellness tourism. (1 hour)

ITV HD (103)

  • 7:00pm Emmerdale: The Dingles face the fallout, Ross looks for support, and Chas needs a distraction. (30 minutes)
  • 7:30pm Coronation Street: Summer's search for Billy leads her into danger, Chesney learns of Tyrone's fling, and Rosemary passes a message from the other side to Audrey. (30 minutes)
  • 8:00pm New: Britain's Brightest Family: Having made it through to the quarter-finals, two bright families go head to head for a place in the semi-finals of the knockout quiz tournament hosted by Anne Hegerty. (30 minutes)
  • 8:30pm Coronation Street: Adam admits to plotting Billy's downfall, Tyrone's shame becomes public knowledge, and Josh and David make a formidable team. (30 minutes)
  • 9:00pm New: Benidorm: When Joyce appoints Monty as the new Entertainments Manager, he plans a magical evening at Neptune's. Meanwhile, the Dawsons continue to speculate about Cyd's motives. (1 hour)

CBBC (201)

  • 9:35am Secret Life of Boys: Holes in the Story: Someone has broken uncle Bob's new TV. Aunt Corey and uncle Bob listen to the kids' individual stories, which turn out to be very different. Also in HD. (20 minutes)
  • 9:55am The Worst Witch: Ethel Everywhere: Drama series. Ethel gets more than she bargained for when her clone spell spirals out of control. Mildred goes in search of the Founding Stone. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 10:45am Hetty Feather: 8, 10. Foundling Reclaimed: Drama series set in Victorian-era London. Gideon plans on escaping in search of his parents, but Vince and Judd have other plans. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 11:15am Horrible Histories Savage Songs Special: 15, 15. A special episode of the historical sketch show, featuring songs from the series by King Alfred, Henry VIII, William the Conqueror and more. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 1:20pm Our School 2: Where the Heart Is: Documentary series following Year 7 students. Sam, who has just moved to the area, and twins Josh and Daniel try to settle into Year 7. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 3:35pm Strange Hill High: 3, 13. The 101% Solution: Animated series. Mitchell cheats at maths and ends up earning the mythical grade of 101 per cent, threatening the entire world in the process. Also in HD. (25 minutes)
  • 6:15pm Danger Mouse: All 5it: Animated series. Danger Mouse goes undercover as the fifth member of Quark's popular boy band, discovering his inner performer and a musical plot to destroy the world. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 7:00pm Horrible Histories Savage Songs Special: 15, 15. A special episode of the historical sketch show, featuring songs from the series by King Alfred, Henry VIII, William the Conqueror and more. Also in HD. (30 minutes)
  • 8:00pm So Awkward: 7, 13. Library vs Tree: Comedy series about three socially awkward friends. Jas learns her favourite tree will need to be cut down to make way for the new school library. Also in HD. (30 minutes)

CBeebies (202)

  • 6:40am Dinopaws: The Thing That Wanted to Be Alone: Animation about three young dinosaurs exploring their world. Bob, Gwen and Tony meet Mabel, who tells them how great it is to be alone. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 7:25am Bing: Dark: Children's animation. It is bedtime, but where is Hoppity? Bing remembers playing with him in the garden, but now it is dark out there and he doesn't really like the dark. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 7:50am Peter Rabbit: The Tale of the Scare Owl: Animated series. When Peter uses a model owl to scare off Old Brown, he ends up scaring the squirrels too! Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 8:15am Octonauts: 13, 22. Harbour Seal: The Octonauts enlist a unique undersea detective to find a missing patient. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 9:00am Everything's Rosie: Message in a Bozberry Bottle: Animation. Rosie is helping Will to deliver bottles of bozberryade. When the go-speeder gets stuck in mud, Will sends out a message in a bottle. Also in HD. (15 minutes)
  • 9:25am Bing: Music: Children's animation. It's music time at the creche, and everyone wants a turn on the drum. Bing gets impatient waiting for his turn and tries to grab the drum from Sula. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 9:35am Twirlywoos: 22, 25. More About Outside: Stop-motion preschool programme. The Twirlywoos watch a hairdresser putting his signs up outside his shop and decide to put everything outside. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 11:30am Andy's Baby Animals: 13, 20. Playing Tricks: Preschool wildlife series. Andy Day loves the tricks young animals learn. Californian ground squirrels use an old snakeskin to confuse a hungry rattler. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 12:00pm I Can Cook on the Go: 8, 26. Vegetable Samosas and Judo: Children's cookery programme. Katy and her friends make vegetable samosas and have fun doing judo. Also in HD. (15 minutes)
  • 12:45pm Melody: 13, 20. Up the Hill: Melody listens to A Night on the Bare Mountain by Mussorgsky after a day of kite flying. Also in HD. (15 minutes)
  • 1:20pm Bing: Music: Children's animation. It's music time at the creche, and everyone wants a turn on the drum. Bing gets impatient waiting for his turn and tries to grab the drum from Sula. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 1:35pm Twirlywoos: 22, 25. More About Outside: Stop-motion preschool programme. The Twirlywoos watch a hairdresser putting his signs up outside his shop and decide to put everything outside. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 2:05pm Timmy Time: 1, 28. Timmy Makes Music: Animated adventures of a lamb at nursery school. Timmy cannot decide what instrument to play at band practice, so he hangs on to all of them and causes chaos. (15 minutes)
  • 2:20pm Olobob Top: Happy Gurdy Day: Preschool animated series. It's Gurdy's lots-of-birthdays birthday! The Olobobs invite everyone for a surprise party with beatboxing Noisy Bean. Also in HD. (5 minutes)
  • 3:15pm Andy's Baby Animals: 3, 20. Too Hot Too Cold: Preschool wildlife series. Andy Day looks at a selection of baby animals as they learn how to warm up and cool down in different environments. Also in HD. (15 minutes)
  • 3:35pm Footy Pups: 13, 30. Decision Making: Pickles finds himself in a pickle when he decides to not make any decisions at all. Also in HD. (15 minutes)
  • 4:30pm Peter Rabbit: The Tale of the Scare Owl: Animated series. When Peter uses a model owl to scare off Old Brown, he ends up scaring the squirrels too! Also in HD. (15 minutes)
  • 4:45pm New: Bitz and Bob: 3, 22. Ready, Set, Check: Animated preschool series. It's race day in Craft City and Bob is determined to come first, until disaster strikes and his go-kart starts falling apart! Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 5:15pm Sarah & Duck: Star Renovation: Animation. Venus has attempted to redecorate the night sky, but now Sarah cannot find any of her favourite constellations. Also in HD. (5 minutes)
  • 5:45pm Pablo: The Big Book of Animals: Animated preschool series. Pablo can't find his Big Book of Animals. He needs to make sure that it is still exactly the same. Also in HD. (15 minutes)
  • 6:00pm Clangers: CBeebies Bedtime Hour. 43, 52. Rainbow Star: Small catches seven coloured stones floating in space. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
  • 6:10pm The Adventures of Abney & Teal: CBeebies Bedtime Hour. The Very Cold Day: Animated adventures. It is a very cold day. Abney, Teal, Neep and the Poc-Pocs have a wonderful time playing winter games. Also in HD. (10 minutes)
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In the UK we have a large selection of channels and TV programs to watch. With the likes of BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky there's lots to choose from. With the help of catch-up TV services we can watch our favourite shows and episodes on the go, but what if you don't live in the UK? Do you have to resort to a VPN like Buffered? Here's our guide to watching UK TV abroad.

Before we start, a disclaimer: Almost every single UK TV service is blocked outside of the country, with catch-up services uses your IP address, making it impossible or hard to watch TV shows and episodes. There are some workarounds and in this article we'll show you how.

There are a bunch of simple and easy ways to watch UK TV when you're on your jollies. Here are the best methods to watch UK TV abroad, including free workarounds and VPN services.

In the mood for something to listen to instead? Find out how to listen to BBC Radio abroad

Watch UK TV abroad: Live TV

To watch live UK TV from anywhere in the world using your web browser, without any need to install software or browser plugins, you can head to FilmOn TV; it will let you watch 26 different free-to-air channels, including BBC One, BBC Two, BBC News and CBBC, ITV1, Channel 4, E4, Channel 5 and a few other Freeview channels for free. It works using flash video embedding but also has a mobile site for tuning in on a tablet or smartphone. Unfortunately, broadcasts are only available for free in standard definition, and the legality of paying to watch in HD is shady at best. Picture and sound quality isn't fantastic either, but it certainly beats missing an important football match or news bulletin.

It's a shame that FilmOn TV only has a limited selection of channels, as it means you'll have to look elsewhere for TV broadcasts, but if you're able to install a plugin or two there's nothing stopping you from using familiar websites like iPlayer, 4OD and iTV player.

Alternatively, WatchBritishTV includes live streams of the main channels, including Film4 and Dave, which FilmOnTV lacks. If also has on-demand streams of recent shows around six hours after broadcast. While these definitely fall into dubious territory on the copyright front and aren't properly categorised by channel or genre, they're easy to search for by name. This provides a somewhat effective alternative for 4OD, which has recently been particularly good at detecting overseas connection attempts, even from behind VPNs.

You'll need to subscribe to use WatchBritishTV's service, but its basic subscription service is free. We were particularly pleased to find that, although it shows its own logo on its streams, it doesn't superimpose advert banners.

Watch UK TV abroad: Catch-up TV

The BBC only makes iPlayer available to UK-based license fee payers, meaning if you're out of the country you're out of luck. The same applies to the Sky Go service, which is a serious problem if you're missing out on the football while on holiday. If you're prepared, you can download BBC iPlayer shows before you go and you can do the same for Sky if you've got a Sky Go Extra account (find out

If you're prepared, you can download BBC iPlayer shows before you go and you can do the same for Sky if you've got a Sky Go Extra account (find out everything you need to know about Sky Go Extra on Know Your Mobile account). If you're not that prepared, you can get around the issue with a VPN, although, for Sky Go you need a registered device with you.

Watch UK TV abroad: Use a VPN

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) tunnels your network traffic, so that it appears to be coming from a different country. If you wanted to watch US Netflix in the UK, for example, you would use a VPN to tunnel your traffic to the US. The same kind of technique works in reverse, too, letting you tunnel back into the UK when you're abroad and access any other local services. A VPN also protects your data, encrypting it, so you can browse with safety when you're away.

Buffered is a good choice of VPN, supporting PC, Mac, iOS and Android, and it works with all UK streaming services. There's a free 30-day trial, so you can cancel your account if the service doesn't live up to your expectations without having to pay a penny.

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Watch UK TV abroad: Use Buffered with MacOS (OS X) or Windows

Once you've registered an account you should download the client and install it on your computer. With both Windows and macOS (OS X), you'll also be prompted to install a driver, which you should do to get the service working. Once installed, log in with your account details and then choose the country that you want to connect to (the UK) and then your computer will connect through the tunnel into the UK. If you now open up iPlayer or another UK-based streaming service, you'll be able to access all of the content unrestricted.

Once installed, log in with your account details and then choose the country that you want to connect to (the UK) and then your computer will connect through the tunnel into the UK. If you now open up iPlayer or another UK-based streaming service, you'll be able to access all of the content unrestricted.

Watch UK TV abroad: Use Buffered with iOS or Android

For iOS or Android, you need to install a separate VPN app: OpenVPN Connect in the Apple App Store for iPhones and iPads, and OpenVPN in the Google Play Store. You then need to follow the instructions in the Buffered tutorials to download the UK configuration profile and install it on your device. Once you've done this, you can connect and you'll be able to access all of your UK services with ease.

Watch UK TV abroad: Use the free CyberGhost VPN (less reliable)

You can use a free VPN service to try and watch UK TV when you're abroad, but these services can be a little slow and don't always work, with the BBC, in particular, blocking access to VPNs. Still, if you don't want to pay for a premium service, then trying the free option is a good starting point.

Watch UK TV abroad: Mac and PC VPN

If you've got a Mac or a PC, you can use the free CyberGhost VPN software, which makes it appear as though your computer is located in the UK when it’s really abroad. This will work for Sky Go, although the BBC has a regular crackdown on VPN software, so iPlayer may not work.

The downside is that the free version of the software isn't as fast as the paid-for premium version, and it can take a while to connect. For that reason, paying to upgrade your account might be worth it if you watch a lot of TV. Still, if you only want to watch the occasional programme, CyberGhost is a good choice.

To get it working, just download and install CyberGhost and then run the software. When it runs you'll get a pop-up ad asking if you want to upgrade, but you can just close this down and ignore it. Once the software has started, just click the big yellow button to get Cyberghost to automatically connect to the VPN. It can take a while to connect and you may get a message telling you that there aren't enough free slots (Cyberghost reserves bandwidth for paying customers). However, I've never found Cyberghost to take more than a couple of minutes to connect.

Once Cyberghost has connected, it will automatically place your computer in a country. To change this and select America, click the menu underneath Simulated Country. Select the UK from the list and click OK, then click Reconnect on the next screen. Again, you'll have to wait for Cyberghost to find a free slot before it connects. Once it does, you'll see the map view update and your computer will be 'moved' to the UK.

Unfortunately, streaming TV providers are actively trying to spot the IP addresses used as endpoints by VPN services. This affects both paid-for and free VPNs and can make using them extremely unpredictable, as it's impossible to tell when they'll be detected. Many VPN providers, particularly those which run paid-for services such as NordVPN, Private Internet Access, Hide My Ass!, and CyberGhost's paid-for service, regularly change their endpoint IP addresses in an attempt to keep ahead of detection attempts from online broadcasters, but aren't always successfully.

Watch UK TV abroad: Tablets and smartphones VPN

If you like to travel light and don't plan on bringing a laptop with you when going abroad, there are still ways to tune in using a smartphone or tablet. VPN clients such as CyberGhost are available for Android and iOS, which can trick your mobile into thinking it's in another country. The Android version is currently free to use, but the iOS version requires a £25 annual subscription - if you're able to use less than 500MB of data per month the equally useful Tunnelbear is a free alternative for iPhone and iPad owners. Both run in the background on your device, letting you access websites and apps usually blocked based on your location.

With Android, you simply have to install the app and press start to spoof your IP address, but for iOS things are a little more complicated. Once your VPN app is installed, you have to head into Settings, tap VPN, then select the relevant name from the list displayed. With Tunnelbear, you should see a choice of "Tunnelbear UK", "Tunnelbear US" and any other servers you've selected through the app. Tap on the country you wish to spoof your IP address to and switch VPN to ON to start surfing or streaming.

Watch UK TV abroad: DNS tweaks

We have a full guide on tweaking your DNS settings in order to change your location. However, as our follow-up piece on the potential dangers of using third-party DNS servers explains, there are some dangers to doing so. For example, your browsing habits can be monitored, and you could be fooled into visiting a fake version of the site you thought you were looking at. Be careful out there.

Watch UK TV abroad: The future

While the methods we've outlined above are all compromises and might not always provide satisfactory results, the future for watching digital catchup services in far-flung lands (or at least in the EU) is looking reasonably bright. Earlier in May, the EU stated that they want to see content providers, such as Sky and the BBC, allow consumers to be able to continue watching no matter what country they're in. This would be made possible by an expansion of the EU's consumer-focussed "digital single market" plans that have so far drastically cut roaming costs for mobile subscribers across the EU.

Since then, the BBC has since stated that it will "begin work to look at the technical and legislative implications". A bit wishy-washy, if you ask us, but the very fact that this is being discussed means that hopefully, eventually, you'll be able to catch up on your favourite shows from your hotel balcony. Of course, the ongoing development and implementation of such plans will be highly dependent on how the UK's exit from the union is negotiated.

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