Can I remove sign language?

Sometimes only the signed or audio described versions of a programme are available on BBC iPlayer. The signer is part of the picture and can't be removed. 

If you can't find the non-signed version of the episode, it's because that version of the programme has expired. The signed version of a programme is often broadcast a few days after the standard version, so there will be a period where it's the only version available.

Can I switch off sign language if the non-signed version is still available?

Yes, if you're watching an on-demand programme and the non-signed version is still available on BBC iPlayer.

  • On the BBC iPlayer website 
    Switch over to the non-signed version by selecting Turn off Sign Language on the white bar at the top of the playback screen, or deselect 'Sign Language' at the bottom of the playback screen.

    White banner with message "This is a Signed version of this programme."
  • On the BBC iPlayer app for mobiles and tablets
    Sign language will only play if you start the episode from the Signed category of the app. So to play an episode without sign language, head back to the homepage of the app and find the episode you want to watch via the other categories or by searching, then press play.
  • On the BBC iPlayer app for connected TVs
    Use your remote to navigate down to the playback controls. If the non-SL version of the episode is still available, you'll see the option to toggle between the SL or non-SL version.

    Playback screen on the BBC iPlayer app on a TV with Sign Language toggle highlighted

If the programme is repeated the standard version should become available again. Schedule details for episodes can be found on the programme page. And if there is a known issue where the signed version is available incorrectly instead of the standard version, we'll list it on the known issues page.

Can I switch off sign language on live programmes?

No, you can't. The signer is part of the programme and can't be removed.