The BBC has just put its first two box sets up on iPlayer. Users can watch every episode of Tom Hardy drama Taboo and psychological thriller Apple Tree Yard until 30 days after the last episode has aired.
The Netflix-ification of the iPlayer was announced last month,when BBC Director General Tony Hall revealed plans to revamp thelong-standing catch up service. One suggestion was that rather thanputting episodes up as they air, the Beeb would put a whole seriesup at once. That way, people could binge-watch a whole series.
Taboo and Apple Tree Yard are the first two shows to receivethis treatment. In Taboo, Tom Hardy plays James Delaney, a man whodisappeared in Africa but has reappeared many years later. Thedrama has some big talent behind the scenes too, including Hardyhimself, Ridley Scott and Steven Knight, and that class is verymuch reflected on screen.
Apple Tree Yard adapts Louise Doughty's novel, and stars EmilyWatson as a geneticist who starts an affair with a man withoutknowing his true identity.
Both shows have already seen success on the catch-up service.Taboo was requested more than 3 million times, and receivedconsolidated viewing figures of 7 million. Apply Tree Yard's openerwas streamed 2 million times online, and also watched by 7million.
Dan Taylor-Watt, the man in charge of BBC iPlayer says: "Tabooand Apple Tree Yard have both been huge hits on TV and on BBCiPlayer. Now viewers will be able to enjoy them as full box sets -and we want to do the same for more shows in the future. It'sgiving viewers what they want - and it's just the start of what wecan do to ensure BBC iPlayer is the UK's number one online TVservice."