Ever found yourself sitting in an airport terminal overseas wondering what to do to kill time? Or ever had trouble sleeping in your hostel bed and wound up staring at the top bunk for hours until you finally nodded off? Whatever tiresome overseas situation you’ve found yourself in, a good companion for those boring, insomniatic or downtime moments is BBC iPlayer, home to the world’s finest documentaries! So instead of wasting time playing Angry Birds or eyespy, do something that grows your intelligence, watch an informative, synapse enlarging anthropology series, Schubert biop, or take the time to brush up on your knowledge of the French Revolution.

The BBC offers documentaries on a plethora of subject matters: from Aztec pyramids to French Impressionism, but there is one tinsy winsy catch I hear you say, the BBC doesn’t let people watch iPlayer from overseas… that is until now.

You can access BBC iPlayer, you just need the right tools to do so, and in this article we’ll give you some tips on how to find these tools to unlock iPlayer from anywhere in the world where there’s an internet connection.

So imagine if you could enroll onto a lifelong learning programme, with educational content available on your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, 24/7, wherever there’s an internet connection. What if your teachers were some of the world’s finest: David Attenborough, Chris Packham, Louis Theroux or Mary Beard. Well guess what, I’ve just described to you the world of BBC documentaries!

Here’s a new year’s resolution for you, fill every uneventful hour of your life with a BBC documentary! Watch Civilisations, a nine-part series about the history of humanity, or Adam Curtis’s superbly radical history documentary on global capitalism HyperNormalisation. Join Brian Cox as he explains the universe in all its complexity using a piece of string and a half eaten french fry. Or learn more about film with the insightful Mark Kermode. And it doesn’t stop there! The BBC has hundreds, yes hundreds of documentaries on iPlayer on all sorts of subject matters.

So how to access this school of wonders from any country in the world? Well let’s start by looking at your first option, which is a VPN. VPNs are a nifty downloadable cloaking software that disguises your browsing location and can in theory be used to make it look like you’re streaming content on BBC iPlayer in the UK. However, VPNs are expensive, difficult to use and don’t necessarily always work out the way you hoped they would. A VPN isn’t necessarily designed to specifically afford you access to BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub or 4oD, nor is it necessarily designed with streaming in mind.

Beebs on the other hand, is built for quality streaming on iPlayer, the Hub and 4oD.

The Google Chrome Add-on Beebs, works a bit like a VPN, only it’s simpler, smarter and specifically designed to afford you access to your favourite BBC documentaries from any country in the world. Beebs sits on your web-browser, and when activated, alters the way in which your browser communicates with iPlayer, the Hub and 4oD, so that these sites allow you to stream their shows. As a Google Chrome Add-on, Beebs, when activated, doesn’t slow your computer down, ensuring all content can be streamed without any hiccups, lengthy interruptions or freezes; making Beebs the best tool on the market for accessing BBC iPlayer from overseas.

We’ve made it so simple that you need only follow these three simple steps

    1. Download Chrome Browser, if you're not already using it.

    2. Install Beebs, this nifty tool redirects all your BBC requests.

    3. Your web-browser, having reloaded, will now be able to stream iPlayer and a whole lot of documentaries.