Watch BBC drama ‘Life’ starring Alison Steadman from outside UK

Dave Allan
Watch BBC drama ‘Life’ starring Alison Steadman from outside UK

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BBC iPlayer’s reputation for producing high-class drama continues with the screening of the new miniseries Life which hit the player in autumn 2020. If you are abroad or outside the UK for any reason it is not possible to screen ‘Life’ but with a little help from this article you will be watching the six-part drama from anywhere in the world in a matter of minutes.

First, a bit about the drama series and why it is worth going to a little inconvenience to watch it when not having access to the BBC iplayer.

The miniseries is set in  Manchester and revolves around the main actor Alison Steadman who owns a large house split into four apartments. The drama follows the inhabitants through various dramas with the stories neatly overlapping.

The ensemble cast includes Gavin & Stacey star Steadman, Victoria Hamilton reprising her role in Doctor Foster, former BBC Doctor Who Peter Davidson, Coronation Street star Melissa Johns as well as award-winning actors Adrian Lester,  Saira Choudhry and Rachael Stirling.

With themes such as alcoholism, grief, infidelity, loneliness and mental illness, it may appear heavy watching but viewers from outside the UK can watch a skillfully produced ensemble drama with much humour around the surface of the  dark themes.

So, what are the options for watching BBC’s drama ‘Life’ from outside the UK? Realistically there are just two options - a VPN or a Google Chrome Extension. Below we look at the pros and cons of both.

A VPN is a piece of software you need to install (an .exe file) on your pc or laptop. Once set-up, which can be tricky for non-technical people, you need to configure the file to mask your ip address. Having done this the BBC servers will believe you are in the UK and will connect you to iPlayer so you can stream ‘Life’. The main advantage of a VPN is security. Given they were originally designed to help spies and corporate entities keep secrets, communication using VPNs is very private. The main disadvantage is a VPN can hog your computer resources making it difficult to perform routine tasks while connected.

The latest alternative to a VPN for accessing the BBC iplayer is a Google Chrome Extension. It is all a person needs to connect to UK TV given it only connects to the BBC server through your browser as opposed to a VPN which takes over your total connection.

A Beebs extension is lightweight, easy to install and will sit quietly in your browser until needed. As well as connecting to the BBC iPlayer (to watch ‘Life’), you can also access all the major free-to-air channels - ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5).

Want to watch British TV from anywhere?

Simply install the Beebs extension

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