Don’t Worry, Not All BBC Shows Are Leaving Netflix in February

By January 19, 2015

Last week, there was a bit of an uproar from fans of BBC’s television series like “Doctor Who” and “Sherlock” as they learned that Netflix’s contract with the network was expiring at the end of the month, meaning that some shows would no longer be available on the streaming service. But it’s not as bad as you think.

There was an inaccurate report going around that said all of the BBC titles on Netflix Instant were up for renewal, but that’s simply not the case. The Hollywood Reporter has corrected their story to clarify that “Sherlock,” “The Honorable Woman,” “Call the Midwife” and “Happy Valley” were not up for renewal, and they currently are available on Netflix and will remain there for awhile.


The good news is, for all the shows that were up for renewal, Netflix has been working with BBC on a new deal for many of the shows fans were worried about losing, so you don’t have to binge watch all of them before February gets here (though we’re not saying you shouldn’t do that).

Here’s the shows that have been renewed and will remain on Netflix Instant:

“Classic Doctor Who” – 18 Collections
“Copper” – Seasons 1-2
“Doctor Who” – Seasons 1-7
“House of Cards Trilogy”
“Keeping Up Appearances” – Season 1
“Luther” – Seasons 1-3
“Monarch of the Glen” – Seasons 1-6
“North & South
“The Buccaneers
“The Office (U.K.)” –  Seasons 1-2
“Torchwood” – Seasons 1-4
“Wallander” – Seasons 1-3

However, there were some shows that weren’t renewed. “Fawlty Towers, “Red Dwarf,” “Blackadder,” and “MI-5” are not part of the new deal, and will expire after January 31st. So if you haven’t watched those favorites from across the pond, you better do it over the next 12 days.

But now everyone can calm down and get back to binging these Netflix shows at their normal pace as opposed to some kind of frantic rush. Leave it to America to be pissed off about the prospect of having to go out of their way to watch a TV show in just a couple of weeks.

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.
  • Thomas Kelly

    yay I am glad they are keeping the UK office! any US office fans need to watch this if they haven’t already 🙂