A literary classic that's on pretty much high school reading lists the world over, Aldous Huxley's 1932 novel Brave New World is rivalled only by George Orwell's 1984 as the most important dystopian fiction of all-time. It's also proven notoriously hard to bring to the screen, with legendary filmmaker Ridley Scott among those to have shelved projects based on the book. Now though, the novel has gotten its most promising dramatization yet in the form of a new nine-part Peacock series. Here's how to watch Brave New World and stream the TV show online from anywhere in the world.
There are nine episodes of Brave New World. They have already been broadcast on NBC's Peacock Premium platform in the US and is now being rolled out to international audiences. For anybody abroad from their usual broadcaster, you can always grab an ExpressVPN deal to stream just like you would at home.
As originally imagined, Brave New World is set in a future London and the year is 632 AF (After Ford) in World State speak, or 2540 in the Gregorian calendar. It's 'After Ford' because Henry Ford's revolutionary 1913 assembly line principles have been applied to all humankind and citizens are engineered in 'hatcheries' and 'conditioning centers' to fill predetermined roles in a five-tier caste system.
With this as its premise, the Brave New World TV show is a decidedly modern take on Huxley's magnum opus, featuring both updated humor - New Londoners delight in watching a re-enactment of a Black Friday stampede at an amusement park - and casting.
Starring Alden Ehrenreich (Solo: A Star Wars Story) as John the Savage, the cast also includes Demi Moore as Linda, Harry Lloyd (Game of Thrones) as Bernard Marx, Jessica Brown Findlay (Downtown Abbey) as Lenina Crowne, and Nina Sosanya (Last Tango in Halifax) as gender- and race-swapped World State Controller, Mustafa Mond.
As in the novel, the series sees the World State government manage dissent largely by doling out an unlimited, free supply of the drug soma, and actively promoting casual sex amongst its citizens. The latter aspect of Huxley's vision is being brought up-to-speed by noted intimacy coordinator Ita O'Brien, who made a splash for her crucial role in Normal People, while the show's executive producer David Wiener is known his work on Fear The Walking Dead.
For its part, Peacock is the all-new streaming service from NBC, launched on July 15. Brave New World is its headline exclusive - and it's actually NBC's second stab at bringing Brave New World to life, following a 1998 movie starring Leonard Nimoy and Peter Gallagher. We can now safely banish that to the great made-for-TV trash can in the sky, though - here's how to watch Brave New World online and stream Peacock from anywhere in the world.
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How to watch Brave New World from outside your country
Heading abroad again now that global travel restrictions are easing? Then trying to tune into Peacock like you would from home is likely going to be impossible because of geo-blocking.
Fortunately, there is a solution in the form of a VPN. This nifty bit of software changes your IP address so that you can access all the content you normally would at home, only from anywhere in the world.
While there are hundreds of VPNs to choose from, we always recommend ExpressVPN. As well as being fast, simple, and straightforward to install, it's also compatible with a whole host of devices - Amazon Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Xbox, PlayStation, iOS and Android to name some of the main ones.
Plus, ExpressVPN's flexible 30-day money back guarantee is difficult to argue with. Even better, you can purchase an annual plan for a 49% discount and 3 months extra FREE – a brilliant offer for an essential bit of software.
Once installed, select the location of your home country and simply click connect to watch Brave New World at home from anywhere on the planet.
How to watch Brave New World in the US
Brave New World was the flagship launch title for Peacock - and its first Peacock Originals series - with all nine episodes now available to watch online.
While Peacock offers a free tier with lots of great content, exclusives like Brave New World are only available with its Peacock Premium package. This normally costs just $4.99 a month or - for a limited time - $29.99 a year (normally $49.99). Many Xfinity customers are entitled to it for free, though - and there's also a third option, Premium Plus, that's completely ad-free (normally $99.99 a year).
Peacock is available on a wide range of devices. The final list isn't confirmed, but we understand it'll be available as a web-based service on PCs and laptops as well as being compatible with: iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Xbox, Vizio Smartcast, select LG smart TVs, and Xfinity Flex 4K. We'll let you know where to find the Peacock app you need as soon as they're live.
Anyone from America who wants to sign up to Peacock from abroad can do so by using a VPN - if you have your US credit card details to hand, great, but you can also pay using internationally recognized PayPal, if it's more conveniently.
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Watch Brave New World in the UK
Brits had to wait for a Brave New World to hit their screens, but it is now broadcasting on Sky One on Friday evenings at 9pm BST (the first one going out on October 2).
That means subscribers can catch up any time on new episodes with the Sky Go app for online and mobiles. And the broadcaster's Now TV streaming sibling means you'll also be able to watch Brave New World in the UK without a fancy pay TV package. The Now TV Entertainment Pass is the one to look out for and, with a FREE 7-day trial on offer, you can try out an episode or two before committing.
Outside the UL at the moment but still want to watch? Simply grab ExpressVPN at 49% off and follow the instructions above to stream the show as you would at home.
Where to watch Brave New World in Canada?
Brave New World is being shown by the Corrus Entertainment channel Showcase in Canada. Sundays at 9ET are when you need to tune in to watch as it goes out, and you can catch up with all broadcast episodes on the network's website or on the Global app.
Brave New World in Australia: release date
Australians have had to wait longer than most, with Brave New World heading Down Under from October 16. VoD service Stan is streaming the show with new episodes arriving on Fridays.
Stan's $10 a month Basic plan provides single-stream, SD quality access to classic and cutting-edge TV series, Stan originals like Bloom and The Other Guy, and blockbuster movies. But upgrading to its Standard (S$14) or Premium ($19) plans will increase the number of devices you can stream to, while also offering an improved HD or 4K Ultra HD viewing experience. Plus, any newbies to the world of Stan can indulge themselves with a whopping 30-day free trial.
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James is a technology journalist with nearly 10 years experience and currently Sports and TV Streaming Editor at Future, where he works across TechRadar, T3 and Tom's Guide. He is here to help you find the best ways to watch sports, TV shows and movies online. Previously, he was News and Features Editor at Trusted Reviews, Editor of Lifehacker UK, and Senior Staff Writer at ITProPortal.