Why do I need JavaScript and how do I enable it?

JavaScript is a common computer language used by many websites, including BBC iPlayer, in order to run correctly.

If you already have JavaScript enabled but it is not recognised, try refreshing the page or clearing the browser cache. We also recommend you use one of the browsers we support for use with BBC iPlayer.

How to enable JavaScript

Internet Explorer

  1. In the Tools menu select Internet Options
  2. Click on the Security tab
  3. Click on Custom Level
  4. Scroll down to the section labelled Scripting
  5. Under Active Scripting, select Enable
  6. Reload the BBC iPlayer website

Mozilla Firefox

Since version 29, Firefox users can only disable or enable JavaScript via advanced settings. Please also ensure that if you have a script blocking tool such as NoScript installed it is set to allow bbc.co.uk. For more information please see the Mozilla Support site: JavaScript settings and preferences for interactive web pages


  1. Go to Chrome Menu
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click on Advanced
  4. Under Privacy and Security click on Content Settings
  5. Under JavaScript select “Allowed (recommended)”
  6. Click OK
  7. Close Settings and reload the BBC iPlayer website

Safari on Mac OS X

  1. In the Safari menu select Preferences
  2. Click on the Security tab
  3. Make sure the Enable JavaScript box is ticked
  4. Close Preferences and reload the BBC iPlayer website

Safari on iOS

  1. Open Settings
  2. Tap Safari
  3. Tap Advanced
  4. Make sure the JavaScript slider is set to enabled
  5. Return to Safari and reload the BBC iPlayer website