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BBC iPlayer knocks it out of the box this Christmas

The BBC is primed to place its iPlayer catch-up service front and centre of people’s lives over the Christmas break by putting together an all you can eat buffet comprised of some of the broadcaster's most cherished assets.

Popular series such as Peaky Blinders, Wolf Hall and Doctor Who will be given the box set treatment from 16 December, and the majority of these flagship shows will be available for 30 days as the BBC seeks to claw back ground lost to the likes of Netflix and Amazon.

TV addicts will be able to indulge in series three and four of fan favourite Sherlock and if you can find the time every series of Happy Valley and Line of Duty will also be up for consumption. Demonstrating the BBC’s enormous breadth of content, David Attenborough’s epic nature documentaries, The Blue Planet and Planet Earth, will also be ready and waiting.

Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC, said: "We are always home to the very best British programmes during the festive season but with so much content to fit in, it's fantastic to give audiences a special gift on iPlayer to complement our schedule."

The BBC is keen to allocate more resources to its catch-up services at a time of budget pressures as a sure-fire way of establishing itself as a destination in its own right; it has a partnership with Microsoft to develop a voice data powered service.

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