BBC iPlayer adds classic '90s comedy boxsets to streaming service

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BBC iPlayer is bringing three new sitcoms to its streaming service – and they're all a blast from the past.

Offering a much-needed nostalgia hit, the BBC's video platform is set to re-introduce '90s classics dinnerladies, Keeping Up Appearances and This Life to a new audience.

Every episode of each series, which all first aired in the '90s, will be available to stream on iPlayer over the coming weeks, with dinnerladies the first series to hit the service.

In fact, you can stream dinnerladies right now, if you fancy it.

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Created, written, co-produced by and starring the late, great Victoria Wood, dinnerladies is set in a Manchester canteen and follows the lives of its caterers and regular customers.

First broadcast in 1998, the sitcom features an equally iconic cast, including Shobna Gulati, Dame Julie Walters, Celia Imrie, Thelma Barlow, Maxine Peake and Anne Reid.

Streaming from Tuesday, November 16 is Keeping Up Appearances. Starring Patricia Routledge and Clive Swift, all five series of the British classic will be available to enjoy.

Because, well, who doesn't need more Hyacinth Bucket in their life?

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Last but not least, This Life will premiere two weeks later on Tuesday, November 30.

Starring Amita Dhiri, The Walking Dead's Andrew Lincoln, Daniela Nardini, Jack Davenport and Jason Hughes, the cult drama charts the careers and personal lives of five friends who share a house together as young lawyers.

iPlayer boss Dan McGolpin said of the service's exciting new content: "BBC iPlayer has more choice than ever and alongside many of this year's biggest hits we're adding these star-studded '90s classics.

"We've got something for everyone, whether you want to binge on a much-loved programme or discover something new."

If you want more '90s telly in your life, then you're in luck, because iPlayer is also streaming the likes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, One Foot in the Grave, The Thin Blue Line, Absolutely Fabulous and The Vicar of Dibley.

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