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From Dame Judi Dench and Cranford to Doctor Who and Planet Earth, you can rely on the BBC for award-winning programs that Entertain, Inform and Inspire you.

Quality programs like these reflect the BBC's more-than-85-year heritage of integrity and creativity.

Less than a decade after Churchill's galvanizing war-time speeches on BBC Radio, the BBC TV broadcast of Queen Elizabeth II's coronation ushered in the television age. Today, whether you prefer Jane Austen, John Cleese or Sir David Attenborough, you benefit from the BBC's bold vision, world-wide perspective, and intelligent investment in new talent and cutting-edge technology.

BBC Shop offers the US audience the very best of British programming through our website and catalog. Our broad array of products includes DVDs, books, audio books, music, home decor and collectibles developed around top BBC and British brands. Because we are a wholly owned subsidiary of the BBC, our profits support the BBC's mission of enriching people's lives through innovative programs and services that inform, educate and entertain.

Thank you for shopping with us and please continue to support your BBC!

We want to provide the best shopping experience, so we stand behind our service with the BBC Shop 100% Guarantee. If you ever have a question, you can visit our Help/FAQ or Contact Us.

Members of the press with media related inquiries, please visit our press site https://www.bbcspressroom.com/home-entertainment/.

For corporate inquiries, BBC Worldwide Americas corporate headquarters is located at: 
1120 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036

About our DVDs

Our DVDs are in Region 1 format and are compatible with DVD players purchased in the U.S. and Canada. DVDs purchased in other countries (including the U.K.) will not play on most U.S. or Canadian players.

High Definition DVDs - HD DVD and Blu-Ray

HD DVD and Blu-ray are competing high definition DVD formats.

HD DVD is a new optical disc format that stands for High-Definition Digital Versatile Disc. It uses a blue laser, which allows for more data density per disc. HD DVD delivers six times the picture resolution of normal DVDs, up to 7.1 channels of high-resolution audio, amazing interactivity and the opportunity for more bonus content. You must have an HD DVD player in order to play HD DVDs. Standard DVDs will work in HD DVD players, but HD DVDs will not work in standard DVD players.

Blu-ray, also known as Blu-ray Disc (BD) is the name of a next-generation optical disc format. The format was developed to enable recording, rewriting and playback of high-definition video (HD), as well as storing large amounts of data. The format offers more than five times the storage capacity of traditional DVDs and can hold up to 25GB on a single-layer disc and 50GB on a dual-layer disc. As with HD DVDs, you must have a Blu-ray player in order to play Blu-ray DVDs. Standard DVDs will work in Blu-ray players, but Blu-ray DVDs will not work in standard DVD players. 

DVD Regional codes and associated countries
1 USA, Canada & US Territories
2 Europe, Japan, South Africa, Middle East (including Egypt)
3 South East Asia, East Asia (including Hong Kong but not China)
4 Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, Central & South America, Caribbean and Pacific Islands.
5 Former Soviet Union, Indian Subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
6 China (excluding Hong Kong)
0 Region Free

Why are BBC DVD's not Region Free?

The main reason is to prevent parallel imports. A secondary reason is that "All Regions" is not actually recognised by the industry's DVD Forum.

Blu-ray Regional codes and associated countries
A The Americas and their dependencies, East Asia, and Southeast Asia; excludes instances that fall under Region C.
B Africa, Middle East, Southwest Asia, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and their dependencies; excludes instances that fall under Region C.
C Central Asia, mainland China, Mongolia, South Asia, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, and the aforementioned regions' dependencies.

BBC Programs Available on DVD

The BBC is the largest producer of English-language programming in the world. In the United States alone, over 1,000 BBC programs are available on video for purchase through a variety of sources. We stock all of the titles distributed by BBC Video, our North American label, and many of the most popular titles distributed by other partners. If there is a title you cannot find, which you are pretty sure was produced by the BBC, please Contact Us and we will try to find out who distributes it. If it's a BBC title, which is not released, we'll certainly count your vote when planning on future releases.

We are trying to release the most popular titles first, based on feedback from our customers. To view a list of upcoming releases, please visit our New Releases page. If you would like to request that a particular title be released on DVD, please Contact Us.