How to watch 'The Famous Five' online for free and from anywhere – all episodes available now

Diaana Babnicova as George, Elliott Rose as Julian, Kit Rakusen as Dick and Flora Jacoby Richardson as Anne with Timmy the dog in "The Famous Five"
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The BBC’s new adaptation of Enid Blyton’s classic children’s novels, "The Famous Five", is a modern reinvention that still retains the charm of the original books. The series spans three 90 minute episodes with all episodes ("The Curse of Kirrin Island", "Peril on the Night Train" and "The Eye of the Sunrise") streaming on BBC iPlayer now. Our guide below details how to watch "The Famous Five" online from anywhere with a VPN — and potentially for FREE.

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Updating the young detectives for a generation reared on "Stranger Things" and "Goosebumps" isn't easy, but "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn's new take on "The Famous Five" tells new, contemporary style stories whilst staying true to Blyton's 1930s world.

Starring as the new version of the group are Diaana Babnicova as George, Elliott Rose as Julian, Kit Rakusen as Dick and Flora Jacoby Richardson as Anne. A new Timmy the dog will of course make up the numbers. Also in the cast are "Game of Thrones" star Jack Gleeson as Wentworth, James Lance as Quentin, George's father, Ann Akinjirin as Fanny, George’s mother and Diana Quick as Mrs Wentworth.

The new adaptation is a CBBC highlight, so good that the episodes earned prime time holiday viewing spots on BBC One. So grab a ginger beer and read on for how you can watch "The Famous Five" online and from anywhere. 

Watch 'The Famous Five' online for free

How to watch 'The Famous Five' online for FREE

FREE on-demand service, BBC iPlayer

All three feature-length episodes of "The Famous Five" are available to stream it right now via FREE on-demand service, BBC iPlayer (with a valid TV license).

Traveling outside the U.K.? Don't worry — as we explain below, you can watch on-demand when you download a VPN. Details just below.

Not familiar with the BBC's streaming service? It's packed full of high-quality shows, including David Attenborough's latest triumph, Planet Earth III.

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How to watch 'The Famous Five' online from anywhere with a VPN

Away from home at the moment and blocked from watching "The Famous Five" on your usual subscription?

You can still watch the family adventure thanks to the wonders of a VPN (Virtual Private Network). The software allows your devices to appear to be back in your home country regardless of where in the world you are. So ideal for viewers away on vacation or on business. Our favorite is NordVPN. It's the best on the market:


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How to watch the 'The Famous Five' online in Australia

Aussie fans of the young detectives can watch "The Famous Five" on Stan (30-day FREE trial) with episodes available right now. 

Remember: if you're based in Australia but aren't there at the moment, you could still connect to Stan and stream "The Famous Five", all you need is a VPN such as NordVPN.

Can I watch the 'The Famous Five' online in the U.S?

Jolly good news for American Blyton fans, all episodes of "The Famous Five" will arrive on Hulu on Friday, May 31 in the U.S.

Brits visiting the States can use a VPN to unblock BBC iPlayer and watch "The Famous Five" using their free account, just as if they were back at home. Not used a VPN before? NordVPN is simple and fast, details just above. 

Can I watch the The Famous Five online in Canada?

At present, "The Famous Five" is unavailable in Canada, but check back here for updates.

Brits visiting The Great North can use a VPN to stream "The Famous Five" online just as they would back home in Blighty. 

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What you need to know about 'The Famous Five'

Who is in the cast of the 'The Famous Five'

  • Diaana Babnicova as George
  • Elliott Rose as Julian
  • Kit Rakusen as Dick
  • Flora Jacoby Richardson as Anne
  • Jack Gleeson as Wentworth
  • James Lance as Quentin
  • Ann Akinjirin as Fanny
  • Diana Quick as Mrs Wentworth

How does this differ from previous adaptations?

Matthew Read (Executive Producer): Our approach to "The Famous Five" books was not to simply adapt the novels but to look at the entire series of the books and take inspiration from the source material. Rather than taking the individual stories and making straight adaptations of the books, we looked at the books as a jumping off point. We wanted to weave our own stories which were inspired by the whole cannon of "The Famous Five" books.

Whilst the series is set in the late 1930s, we wanted to create a drama series that is set in the timeless space of childhood. We wanted to draw on viewers’ memories of the long summers in their childhood rather than trying to specifically tie it down to one moment in time.

Who is George?

Diaana Babnicova (George): George is an independent girl who grew up without brothers and sisters. Later she finds Timmy the dog and they become like a family. She’s independent, she lives by her own rules and likes to have fun. She doesn’t always obey the rules and she’s quite a cheeky person.

Who is Julian?

Elliott Rose (Julian): Julian is the oldest and he's the muscle of the group, he's more physical. Plus as the oldest he's like a father figure when the parents aren't around. He's very caring, specifically toward Anne and Dick because they're his younger siblings. He has his arguments with George but overall he seems like a pretty nice guy. If he was a real person I'd probably be mates with him.

Who is Dick?

Kit Rakusen (Dick): He's really clever, he can tell you anything about history, Latin and times tables but he's also funny in his own way. He's definitely the brains of the group, he's like the walking internet. They didn't have it back then but he can list off any moment in history, Latin words, any train time table, bus time table, he can list off anything. I've definitely learnt a thing or two playing him.

Who is Anne?

Flora Jacoby Richardson (Anne): She's quite sassy, she likes to get her brothers to do things for her. She treats them like her servants, she presumes people are there to serve her. She gets Dick to do things for her, like look after her torch, and she gets Julian to carry her bags.

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