Binge Watch Many of Your British Favorites: ‘Doctor Who,’ ‘Sherlock’ and More are Headed to Hulu

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Netflix is bulking up its British online streaming options (Photo: Hulu/Hulu blog)
Good news for fans of British television – we’re about to get even more online streaming options for many of our favorite shows! The Wall Street Journal reports that Hulu has closed a substantial deal with BBC Worldwide North America to add 144 different BBC titles to its streaming service within the next year.  And “substantial” pretty much translates to “amazing” in this instance.

While this deal is non-exclusive (i.e you can find many of these titles in other places),  high profile hits like Doctor Who, Sherlock, Luther and more are included. So far they’ve announced sitcoms like the ever popular Absolutely Fabulous, Twenty Twelve, and Fawlty Towers; dramas like Whitechapel and New Tricks; classics like the original House of Cards trilogy, and sci-fi hits like Life on Mars and Torchwood. While many of these programs are destined for Hulu’s subscription-only “Hulu Plus” platform, many will still be available for free streaming on its basic site.  

Hulu has revealed a weekly rollout of titles via their official blog. This week, they announced Doctor Who’s modern episodes through the first half of Series 7, as well as 75 episodes of classic Who, Torchwood, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Life on Mars, Robin Hood, The Fades, Survivors and more.  Next week they will roll out their new selection of dramas and Masterpiece Classics (think Whitechapel, Wallander and Bleak House). October 1 will bring sitcoms and October 8 will offer factual and natural history programming, including Sir David Attenborough documentaries and Top Gear.

All told, more than 2,000 episodes of television will be added to Hulu’s services within the next year, which is pretty excellent news for those of us who want as many ways as possible to watch our British favorites. It’s certainly an exciting trend to keep an eye on – who knows if this is successful maybe more current properties will also become available in future, as Hulu has done with Misfits, The Thick of It and others.

Are you excited to see more British programming available online? Anything you’re especially looking forward to watching?