As BBC Three prepares to become an online-only destination from next year, the UK broadcaster is already making moves to position the Web-based incarnation ahead of the offline ‘linear’ broadcast channel.

In a Netflix-style move, all six episodes of Chris Lilley’s Jonah From Tonga, a new series from the same writer behind the magnificent Angry Boys and Summer Heights High, will be made available on iPlayer from May 2 for a 48-hour period.


It will then be broadcast through the traditional televisual conduit from May 8. The move constitutes part of an international simulcast with ABC Australia’s iPlayer-style iview service.

BBC Three to premiere entire series of Chris Lilley’s Jonah From Tonga on BBC iPlayer | [Press Release]