Doctor Who and Tonnes of Other BBC Shows Are Leaving Netflix This Month [Update: Netflix Denies]

By Tom Pritchard on at

It's no secret that Netflix can have problems with streaming rights, which is why the company has been investing so much money in original content. From the looks of things we've got another cull on our hands, with BBC content at its centre.

New on Netflix UK keeps tabs on all the shows coming to and from Netflix's UK catalogue on any given day, and 30th March is going to be a doozy. Some of the biggest BBC-made content that's on Netflix, including Doctor Who, The Thick of It, Fawlty Towers, The Blue Planet, The House of Cards Trilogy, various bits of Top Gear-related media, and more will be leaving the streaming service for an unknown amount of time. If you watch any of those series, Netflix will also flash up a warning telling you that it won't be available after this month is over.

Doctor Who is particularly notable, since that's one of the BBC's biggest shows and currently isn't available to watch in its entirety on iPlayer. There's also another series due to arrive this October which is going to make it harder to catch up on everything before the 13th Doctor's proper arrival.

There are a lot of possible reasons for this happening en masse. It could just be that a longstanding BBC contract is set to expire on 30th March, with Netflix and the Beeb still working out some sort of renewal. It's also possible that the BBC wants to make some of its more popular programming more easily available on iPlayer, or even that some other streaming service (like Amazon) swooped in and outbid Netflix for the rights. Or Netflix has decided that it doesn't need the BBC, especially since stuff like Top Gear clearly isn't as popular as it used to be.

So if there's anything here that you haven't seen and you don't want to miss out on, this is your 23-day warning. After that you'll have to go out and buy some sort of box set.

Update: Netflix has got in touch to deny that any BBC content will be leaving the UK catalogue at the end of the month. That said I have been checking the content in question, and they have been flashing up warnings announcing that they won't be available after 30th March. A spokesperson said it would investigate, and I'll update this again if they get back to us with their findings.

In the meantime we'll just have to play the waiting game to see what happens. Only 23 days to go!


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