How to watch Crossfire outside the UK



David has been watching TV outside of his home country for over 12 years. In addition to his streaming expertise, he has a wealth of experience in watching sports and documentaries, having spent many years following these genres. He is an avid fan of The Detectorists and Blue Planet, and also has a keen interest in English football.

Keeley Hawes’ latest series has everything you would expect from one of the queens of TV drama.

It has a tropical setting, action a-plenty, some heroic escapades from our leading lady, romance, intrigue, and suspense.

Crossfire is already being declared one of the series of the summer and as the nights draw in, it’s a great show to curl up and enjoy.

But if you are living or working outside the UK, you won’t be able to watch Crossfire at the moment. At least not without a little help. And in this guide, we will tell you everything you need to know to enjoy Crossfire no matter where in the world you are.

Where is Crossfire being shown?

If you want to watch Crossfire, you will find it on BBC One.

It is also being streamed both live and on-demand on the BBC’s streaming service, the BBC iPlayer, if you prefer to watch online at a time that suits you.

The problem for overseas viewers is that the BBC iPlayer will not let viewers outside Great Britain and Northern Ireland stream Crossfire on iPlayer.

So, if you want to watch outside the UK, you will need something to help you.

How do I watch Crossfire where I am?

If you are outside the UK and want to stream Crossfire on the BBC iPlayer, you will need the help of a VPN app.

A VPN is primarily an online security and privacy tool, and you may well be using one already, as many IT experts recommend them.

They work by sending all your online data through an external server before it heads off to the websites and online services you are using. This has the effect of making services like the BBC iPlayer think these servers are where the data originated from.

This is the clever bit. If the server is located in the UK, the BBC iPlayer will assume the data comes from the UK and therefore allow you to stream shows like Crossfire regardless of where you are actually based.

In this way, a VPN can be used to unblock Crossfire on BBC iPlayer and let you watch from just about anywhere in the world.

Where to get a VPN?

VPNs are a huge growth market at the moment, and there are masses of providers available. But not all can work with the BBC iPlayer, and not all are great for streaming, so it is important to choose the right one.

The best VPN to use to unblock the BBC iPlayer is ExpressVPN.

Why? Well, it has super-fast connection speeds making it ideal for streaming and lots of UK servers to choose from. It also has lots of easy-to-use apps for all your streaming devices and a 30-day money-back guarantee which gives you plenty of time to try before you buy.

NordVPN and Surfshark VPN are two other options that will do the job too. They both come with a 30-day money-back guarantee, but if we are honest, ExpressVPN is the pick of the bunch.

However, the decision is yours and you’re free to choose.

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How to stream Crossfire in any country

As soon as you have decided which VPN to use, the rest is easy.

To get things set up to watch, all you have to do is follow this simple step-by-step guide, which uses our recommended VPN, ExpressVPN, as an example:

Step 1

Go to the ExpressVPN website and sign up. We recommend the 12-month deal, which will save you 49% and give you an extra three months for free as well.

Step 2

Download the ExpressVPN app. Be sure to always do this from either the ExpressVPN website or your device’s official app store for security reasons.

Step 3

Open the app and log in to your ExpressVPN account using the details given to you in step 1.

Step 4

Connect to a UK-based server by clicking Selected Location, choosing the United Kingdom.

Then press the Connect button.

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Step 5

Wait a few seconds for ExpressVPN to establish a connection, then open the BBC iPlayer as usual, search for Crossfire, and start watching.

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What is Crossfire all about?

Crossfire has been described by one critic as “an all-inclusive buffet of delights”.

It is a story of survival in paradise as a relaxing holiday in a beachside resort is shattered when gunmen invade the resort, hell-bent on revenge.

The plot, which the BBC insists is an original story, but which has striking parallels with the terrorist attacks on a hotel in Tunisia in 2017, follows the lead character, Jo, who is cheating on her husband while on a family holiday and has to find her kids amidst the carnage.

There is masses of tension, hiding, and running down corridors as viewers wonder who will survive and who will not. Nail-biting drama at every turn, and while critics have given the show mixed reviews, the feedback from audiences has been overwhelmingly positive.

Who stars in Crossfire?

Crossfire stars Keeley Hawes in the lead role of Jo. She has worked with the producers of the show before on Line of Duty as well as The Bodyguard.

She is joined by fellow Line of Duty alumni Anneika Rose (The Midwich Cuckoos) and Lee Ingleby (Inspector George Gently), as well as the wonderful Josette Simon (Wonder Woman, Anatomy of a Scandal) in the lead roles.

Other great performances are put in by Vikash Bhai (The Stranger), Pol Toro (Valley of the Dead), Daniel Ryan (The Bay, Litvenenko), Ariyon Bakare (His Dark Materials) and Hugo Silva (The Ministry of Time).


Crossfire is a high-intensity drama that will have you on the edge of your sat or cowering behind the sofa throughout.

If you are in the UK, you can watch the whole series on the BBC iPlayer, but if you are overseas, you will need to use a VPN to unblock it and watch.

ExpressVPN is the best VPN service to use.

All you need to do is sign up, download the app, log in, connect to a UK-based server as we have explained, and then watch on the BBC iPlayer app or website as usual.

This is a great Keeley Hawes drama, and she is at the top of her game. You won’t want to miss it.


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