How to watch The English online: stream the Emily Blunt BBC western from anywhere

Emily Blunt in The English
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Hollywood actress Emily Blunt and Banshee star Chaske Spencer play two scorned individuals – an aristocratic Englishwoman and a Pawnee Nation ex-cavalry scout – seeking violent revenge, in The English, all set against the backdrop of the lawless Wild West. Tense, quick witted and action-packed, this Western drama is a gripping examination of power and race in America, and we explain below how to watch The English online now – including streaming all 6 episodes FREE on BBC iPlayer.

Watch The English online

Release date: November 10 (UK) | November 11 (elsewhere)

Cast: Emily Blunt, Chaske Spencer, Rafe Spall, Tom Hughes, Ciarán Hinds, Toby Jones, Valerie Pachner, Stephen Rea.

Stream now: watch every episode FREE on BBC iPlayer

Watch anywhere: try a 100% risk-free VPN trial

International streaming: Amazon Prime Video

With a bracing energy similar to The Good Lord Bird and more than just a bit Tarrantino-esque, The English sees Lady Cornelia Locke (Blunt) out to avenge the death of her son, enlisting the help of former cavalry scout Eli Whipp (Spencer) to find the man responsible.

They’ll discover moustache-twirling villains and unsolved murders in Wyoming, while crossing paths with Thomas Trafford (Tom Hughes) – a cattle rancher whose actions 15 years prior end up having an immense impact on both their lives.

This six-part series boasts a compelling story brought to life by some grade-A talent, including Toby Jones (Detectorists, A Boy Called Christmas), Stephen Rea (The Crying Game), the Oscar-nominated Ciarán Hinds (Belfast, Game of Thrones), and Miguel Alvarez, known for Amazon Prime’s The Wheel of Time.

Read on below where we’ll explain how to watch The English online, and stream every episode for FREE through BBC iPlayer in the UK.

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How to watch The English online FREE in the UK

FREE on BBC iPlayer

Saddle up for this bracing six-part Western drama series. The English will airs on linear TV from Thursday, November 10 at 9pm GMT on BBC Two, with new episodes broadcast at the same time each week.

You can also stream The English FREE on BBC iPlayer from November 10, where all 6 episodes will be made available to stream immediately as a boxset. So, if you don’t have cable or fancy a binge, you can do so without paying a thing.

BBC iPlayer is free to watch – although you will need a valid TV license to do so – and can be viewed on a number of devices. These include: desktop on Windows and Mac machines, on smartphone apps for Android and iOS, as well as media streaming devices like Apple TV, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Roku and more. You can also get BBC iPlayer on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

Outside of the country? Use a VPN watch iPlayer while abroad.

How to watch The English online from abroad

If you find yourself stuck in a country where your favorite on-demand services aren’t available, then that's probably down to annoying geo-blocking restrictions.

Luckily, there’s a simple solution. Downloading a VPN will let you to watch The English online no matter where you are, simply by changing your IP address to one that's back in your country of residence. Now, here's how to get started with this essential bit of streaming software.

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How to watch The English online: stream the new western series FREE on Amazon Prime Video today

Amazon Prime’s 30-day FREE trial

In territories like the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand, The English will be exclusive to Prime Video, with all 6 episodes uploaded and ready to stream from Friday, November 11 at 12:01 am ET/PT.

And in even better new, if you’re new to the service – or haven’t had an active account for 12 months or more – you can watch every single episode without paying a thing as part of Amazon Prime’s 30-day FREE trial.

If you decide to keep your subscription after the free trial expires, then Prime costs:

All Amazon Prime memberships include Amazon’s VOD service, in addition to ad-free music streaming, Prime Gaming, exclusive deals, and their famed free delivery service.

And in addition to The English, there are heaps of other Amazon Originals to enjoy, like The Boys, The Underground Railroad, Everything I Know About Love, and the monumental The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, plus award nominated movies like Sound of Metal and One Night in Miami.

Subscribers can access the service in web browsers, on smart TVs, iOS and Android smartphones/tablets, games consoles like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One X, streaming boxes and dongles like those made by Roku, Amazon’s Fire TV devices, Apple TV, as well as a number of compatible Blu-ray players.

- Head to Amazon Prime Video now to watch for free

The English official trailer

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.