The BBC is one of the UK’s most cherished institutions, its trusted broadcast content, including its many flagship dramas, are revered across the globe. Many of the BBC’s dramatisations engage with complex issues, from the taboo to the marginalised, demonstrating the BBC’s willingness to venture where other production companies dare not. The BBC’s two-part university themed miniseries Clique, available now on iPlayer, epitomises this role of the BBC as a pioneer, telling the stories that others won’t.

If you’re a university student studying outside the UK, perhaps taking advantage of cheaper fees or better weather, you can still watch Clique on BBC iPlayer abroad.

In a moment we will look at some of the ways you can access iPlayer from overseas, so you’ll never have to miss an episode of the most daring BBC dramas like Clique again.

The BBC drama series Clique demonstrates that teen and young adult television isn’t what it used to be. Set in a sinister world of capitalist realism, defined by ruthless competition, corruption and excess, it follows two lifelong friends Holly and Georgia, as they enter university life defined by corporate values, hard drugs and uncompromising individualism. Their friendship is put to the test as they compete for a single placement on an elitist internship for thoroughbred alpha females. We thus follow Holly as she delves further into the cliquey world of this lavish secret society, where moral scruples and intrinsic values are eerily absent —can she get out before it’s too late?

The show explores the usual noir themes of a world gone to the dogs, with every scene steeped in a world of alienation, bleakness and disillusionment. Only instead of a shady underworld casino or rogue capitalist enterprise poisoning the waterhole, it’s the higher education system that is the focal point of ire, standing in as a synecdoche for the ills of an atomised and broken society.

For those of us thrust into the university system, suddenly saddled with student debt, who are discovering what it’s like to be thrust into a cut throat world where your value as a human being is defined by the number of internships, accolades and finishing schools on your CV, the show’s handling of the subject matter will resonate.

For those of you studying overseas you might have thought about risking illegal streams on dodgy websites or purchasing a VPN. A lot of VPNS are difficult to navigate and some don’t work well at all, the good ones are expensive and can still be difficult to operate… Cue Beebs.

Beebs will unlock a whole host of shows on the BBC iPlayer such as Clique.

Beebs is the best option on the market for access to the UK’s main interactive players including the BBC’s iPlayer. Beebs is a Google Chrome add-on, so once purchased and downloaded it embeds itself into your web browser and acts as a cloaking mechanism, making it appear as though you’re streaming from within the UK.

Follow these three simple steps to solve this mystery and watch iPlayer abroad

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

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

    3. BBC iPlayer will reload and through the mirror darkly you’ll go.