Top Gear is one of the most popular TV shows in the UK and worldwide, unfortunately if you’re outside the UK then you’re often reserved to watching old shows many months behind what the UK get.
So if you’re travelling, an expat or you’ve never even been to the UK and just love the show then in this guide I’m going to show you how you can watch Top Gear outside the UK from any country in the world.
Series 23 kicks off on Sunday 29th May and marks a new era in Top Gear with the departed Jeremy Clarkson and crew being replaced by hosts Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc.
Currently 16 episodes have been planned spread over two series to be shown weekly on Sunday evening starting with Episode 1 at 8pm on Sunday 29th May and following each Sunday at the same time for the foreseeable future.
Each episode will be shown on BBC 2 which is possible to watch online either live or on catch-up using the BBC iPlayer service.
So let’s find out how you can watch Top Gear outside the UK below.
How to watch Top Gear outside the UK
If you’re outside the UK and you want to watch the latest series of Top Gear then you’ll need to watch on BBC 2 on BBC iPlayer. You can watch live when the show airs or you can use the catch-up service for up to 30 days after the original air date.
If you’re outside the UK then you need to use a VPN service otherwise you’ll be blocked from viewing with a message similar to the one below.
A VPN is a simple tool you download for your computer, laptop, tablet or phone and it allows you to disguise your online location and make you appear as if you’re in another country.
So if for example you’re in Spain, you use a VPN to connect to the UK and then BBC iPlayer thinks you’re in the UK so rather than see the block message like above you’ll be able to watch Top Gear freely. This works for any country in the world.
Where can I get a VPN
VPN services are intended to protect your online privacy and a byproduct of this is allowing you to appear somewhere else.
As they’ve become really popular in recent years there are literally thousands of different choices and a quick search of Google will bring up a baffling array of options.
To save you time searching through them and possibly ending up with a bad service I’ve been testing some of the top providers and found IPVanish to be the most suitable to watch Top Gear outside the UK. They’re one of the fastest, easy to use and their price is competitive with other options.
If you want to take a look around I’ve put together a list of three providers who are all suitable for watching Top Gear outside the UK. Click below to sign-up.
A decent VPN service should cost between £3 – £6 per month ($6 – $10) and will be cheaper if you sign up for a longer period of time so it’s worth considering signing up for a longer period if you want to watch Top Gear every week.
Once you’ve signed up continue reading below to find out how to use the VPN service to watch Top Gear outside the UK.
How do I use the VPN
The process is really simple and the basic premise is, download the VPN software or app, connect to a UK server, then visit the BBC iPlayer website either at the time Top Gear airs live or any other time to watch on catch-up.
Below I’ve put together a little more in-depth guide to help you on your way.
It’s possible to watch on your tablet or phone outside the UK ONLY if you have the BBC iPlayer app previously installed on your device before leaving the UK. This means you would have needed to have been a UK resident at some point. If you weren’t then you’ll only be able to watch on a computer/laptop so continue reading below.
To watch on a tablet or phone download the VPN app for the company you signed up to from either the Google Play or Apple App Store. Connect to a UK Server and then launch the BBC iPlayer app to watch Top Gear.
Below I’ve put together a step-by-step guide using IPVanish but it’s the same process with both ExpressVPN and StrongVPN apart from the fact their software looks a little different.
Download the IPVanish software and install it.
Click Server Selection and then UK Media or Gaming.
IPVanish Windows software.
Once the software has connected all that is left to do is visit the BBC iPlayer website. Don’t forget you can watch every Sunday at 8pm BST/GMT or if you miss the show you can use the catch-up service.
If you’ve connected and you get the message that it is still unavailable in your country then all you need to do is disconnect and try another UK server. You can find these under Server Selection and List using IPVanish and then type United Kingdom in the search box.
You can also try in Incognito or Inprivate mode on your web browser as it’s possible it’s remembered your old location and that is what is blocking you.