BBC iPlayer Help

How do I find and play programmes?

Here's how you can find and play on-demand programmes on BBC Sounds.

On the BBC Sounds website

  • Search

If you know what the programme is called, try searching for it using the search bar in the top right-hand corner.


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  • Schedules

Find the programme you're looking for by searching by date and time of broadcast on the station’s schedule. Head to the Schedules page or click on Schedules > at the top right corner of the BBC Sounds homepage.


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You can also click on Stations > to go to a station's homepage where you can find many of their on-demand programmes.

  • Category

Have a look for any type of programme that suits your mood from the Categories menu part-way down the homepage. Click All categories at the top right corner of the section for a full list of all of the categories on BBC Sounds.


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  • Daily Discovery

You'll find the Daily Discovery section part-way down the BBC Sounds homepage. This is where you can find collections of the best music, radio and podcast content the BBC has to offer, handpicked by our editorial teams.


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Found the programme you want to listen to? On the BBC Sounds website, click on the programme and it will start to play. Press the pause button to pause playback.


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On the BBC Sounds app

  • Search: If you know what the programme is called, try searching for it using the search icon in the bottom right-hand corner.
  • Category: Have a look for a Drama, Comedy, Pop & Chart, or Science & Technology programme, or any type of programme that suits your mood from the Categories menu part-way down the homepage.
  • Daily Discovery: You'll find the Daily Discovery section part-way down the BBC Sounds homepage. This is where you can find collections of the best content BBC Radio has to offer, handpicked by our editorial teams.
  • Schedules: Find the programme you're looking for by searching by date and time of broadcast on the station’s schedule. Tap See All Stations & Schedules on the homepage and choose a station to see its schedule.


Found the programme you want to listen to? On the BBC Sounds app, just tap on the programme and it will start to play. You can press the downward arrow at the top of the screen to continue scrolling through the app while the programme plays. Just press the pause button to pause playback. 


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You can also use My Sounds to find your on-demand programmes. My Sounds is your personal space in BBC Sounds where you can subscribe to programmes and podcasts you enjoy and add episodes so that you can listen to them later. Find out more about My Sounds in the What is My Sounds and how do I use it? page.

 
Looking for live streams?

Check the How do I listen live? page to find out how to play live radio on BBC Sounds.

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