Watch African Renaissance on BBC iPlayer

Noah Williams
Watch African Renaissance on BBC iPlayer

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Are you living overseas? Do you want to watch African Renaissance: When Art Meets Power, a three part series, presented by award-winning journalist Afua Hirsch, on BBC iPlayer? Well you've come to the right place! In this article we'll show you the best options for watching African Renaissance, as well as other great documentaries on iPlayer, from anywhere in the world.

Later in this article, find out how to stream iPlayer content abroad.

Only three episodes long, recent BBC Four series African Renaissance, is not only another in a long line of astonishing, groundbreaking and thought provoking documentaries by the BBC (many of which are available to stream on iPlayer), it is quite simply one of the best to date.

Each of the three episodes in this series is breathtaking, each exploring the cultural rise of three very distinct and different African nations (Senegal, Ethiopia and Kenya), demonstrating how each is home to a lively, flourishing and diverse contemporary cultural scene. The three episodes confront the traumatic legacy of Western colonialism and European conquest in Africa, the role of culture and the arts in the postcolonial rise of each nation, and their present day status as cultural and artistic powerhouses– each home to numerous, unique and flourishing artistic milieus.

The usual tired brush with which the continent of Africa is painted in the European imaginary (you know the one, the image of unspeakable poverty, hardship and unrelenting suffering, a place always in need of rescue by philanthropic Western nations), is in this series made redundent. Hirsch for her part, uses her role as presenter and narrator, to reiterate what is so plainly obvious in the rich, vibrant and self-confident scenes of these African nations, and to at times address and debunk false stereotypes, which have sadly too often come to defined these nations in the minds of Western viewers.

VPN or Beebs?

The easiest and most straight forward way to watch iPlayer, All4 and ITV Hub from outside the UK is to get your hands on a VPN or Google Chrome Add-on by the name of Beebs. Which is better? Let's take a look...

Let's start with a VPN, a VPN is, quite simply, a cloaking device that can be used to make it look like you're accessing BBC iPlayer from within the UK. VPNs are great if you're a Russian spy, or living in a country where you have to seriously worry about surveillance, but technically, they're a lot of hassle to use and tend to take up lots of space on your hard drive and slow down your streaming speed. So if the above doesn't apply to you, you might want to check out Beebs...

Beebs is specifically designed to be used by British citizens living overseas to afford us access to our favourite shows on the likes of BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub and All4. Beebs is a Google Chrome Add-on, meaning it sits in the corner of your web browser and takes up next to no space on your computer. You simply need a Google Chrome browser, and then once downloaded (see below), you simply click on the Beebs icon on your browser to watch British online content as and when you like. All you need to do is click on the link below and download Beebs– and in a matter of minutes you could be streaming unlimited shows on iPlayer.

Want to watch British TV from anywhere?

Simply install the Beebs extension

Get Beebs for Chrome