Worth Paying a TV Licence To Watch BBC Dramas?

Here at Women UK, we look at the ongoing argument ‘is it worth paying your TV licence’ to watch the huge hit dramas of Killing Eve and Line of Duty. We were thrilled when BBC confirmed that both will be returning to screens this year. BBC unveiled their 2020 upcoming shows in a trailer on BBC. While Killing Eve was one of the most watched series along with ‘Line of Duty’ on BBC, it has brought up the argument, is it ‘ Worth Paying a TV Licence To Watch BBC dramas?

The minute-long trailer featured a montage of some of the channel’s biggest shows that will hit the screen this year. These included the much loved  The Greatest Dancer, Call The Midwife and Our Girl.

We all remember Killing Eve’s second series ended on a dramatic cliffhanger last year!  Jodie Comer’s assassin Villanelle left Sandra Oh’s Eve Polastri for dead after shooting her in the chest.Jaw-dropping: Following its critically acclaimed first series, Killing Eve continued to earn praise from fans when it return to screens last year

Worth Paying Your TV Licence For?

While Killing Eve was one of the most watched series along with ‘Line of Duty’. It has however brought up the argument of paying for a TV licence while so much variety can be watched on channels like Netflix or Amazon. One argument is that both Netflix and Amazon Prime are subscription led. And do you get more choice and more flexibility on your watching? What do you think? A TV licence now costs £154.50 per year. With the growing phenomenon of ‘Reality’ TV check out our feature on ‘A Grip On Reality

The law says you need to be covered by a TV Licence to:

  • watch or record programmes as they’re being shown on TV, on any channel
  • watch or stream programmes live on an online TV service (such as ITV Hub, All 4, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video, Now TV, Sky Go, etc.)
  • download or watch any BBC programmes on iPlayer.

This applies to any device you use, including a TV, desktop computer, laptop, mobile phone, tablet, games console, digital box or DVD/VHS recorder.

Live TV means any programme you watch or record as it’s being shown on TV or live on an online TV service. It’s not just live events like sport, news and music. It also covers soaps, series, documentaries and even movies.

An online TV service is any streaming or smart TV service, website or app that lets you watch live TV over the internet. This includes services like All 4, Sky Go, Virgin Media, Now TV, BT TV, YouTube, Amazon Prime Video and ITV Hub.

Don’t forget, a TV Licence also covers you to download or watch BBC programmes on iPlayer – live, catch up or on demand on your television, laptop, mobile phone or any other device.

So does the pleasure of watching the hit shows like Killing Eve and Line of Duty make the payment worth it? What if there was a teaser for example…..

The preview also confirmed that the sixth series of Line Of Duty will be on screen at some point this year, after 2019’s finale left fans reeling and wondering if ‘H’ is indeed one of the most corrupt…..

Killing Eve

Killing Eve’s second series stunned viewers when it ended with Eve bleeding on the ground after being show by Villanelle. Is she dead? Did eve kill her?

The pair had plotted to run away together after Villanelle admitted her feelings for the MI5 agent We all sat on tender hooks as  Eve refused. Then came the season finale as she pulled out a gun and shot her in the chest. Last shot of Eve bleeding!

The series left the fate of Eve (played by Sandra Oh) hanging in the balance with many fans questioning whether the titular character has been killed off, surely not?

Line Of Duty

The last series of Line Of Duty has also been hotly anticipated by fans. It ended with the revelation that the so-called H was actually a group of four corrupt police officers

Dark: The sixth series of Line Of Duty has also been hotly anticipated by fans, after it ended with the revelation that the so-called H was actually a group of four corrupt police officers

 Martin Compston – who plays Detective Steve Arnott – fuelled fan excitement when he shared a snap of the script for the series’ first episode.Back soon: The preview also confirmed that the sixth series of Line Of Duty will be on screen at some point this year, after 2019's finale left fans reeling

Writer Jed Mercurio recently revealed that fans could expect a sixth series in 2020. Who has watched all six series?  This is the first time it has been officially confirmed. This has made lots of fans very happy indeed!

He told RadioTimes.com in October 2019, ‘I would hope it’s sometime in 2020, next year.’

Sinister: Writer Jed Mercurio recently revealed that fans could expect a sixth series in 2020 – but this is the first time it has been officially confirmed

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