How to watch Kin anywhere



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.

The Irish have always punched well above their weight when it comes to drama, with some of the finest playwrights and actors in the world coming from the Emerald Isle.

Little wonder then that when they turn their hand to TV drama, they are also pretty good at it too. And in Kin, a thrilling Irish crime drama, they have really struck gold,

Kin follows two warring local crime families that fall out big time after the murder of a boy. One family runs an all-powerful international cartel. The other is a more modest local crime family but one that is used to getting its own way.

What follows is a mesmerising and, at times, hugely violent drama as the local crime family seek revenge and the international cartel flexes its extremely powerful muscles.

Kin has just arrived on British TV on the BBC and BBC iPlayer. But unless you are in Ireland or the UK, you will not be able to watch it anywhere else at the moment. That’s because the BBC blocks overseas viewers from streaming shows in the BBC iPlayer outside the UK.

As an ex-pat myself, I know how frustrating this is. But I also know how to get around it too.

What you need is a VPN, and as I will explain in this guide, ExpressVPN is the best one to choose. It’s easy. Just sign up for ExpressVPN, download their app, log in, connect to a UK-based server, and you are away.

Want to know all the details? Just keep on reading this expert guide I have pulled together just for you.

What is Kin all about?

The premise of Kin

Kin tells the story of two crime families. The Kinsella’s are a local crime family, while the Cunninghams run a major international criminal cartel.

But when a boy linked to the Kinsella clan is killed, the family go to war with the Cunninghams. It is not a fair fight.

The Kinsellas are out-numbered, out-financed and out-gunned. They end up holed up in their Dublin stronghold while their criminal enterprises are systematically pulled apart, and members and associates are killed.

But as long as they have Kith and kin, they will never give up.

The main cast and their roles in the show

Aiden Gillen – Frank Kinsella

Aiden Gillen is best known as Stuart in the landmark Channel 4 series Queer as Folk. He also played Tommy Carcetti in The Wire, Aberama Gold in Peaky Blinders, and Petyr “Littlefinger” Baelish in Game of Thrones.

Other credits include Batman: The Dark Knight Rises, the Maze Runner franchise, Bohemian Rhapsody, and Calvery.

Ciarán Hinds – Eamon Cunningham

Ciaran Hinds

Ciarán Hinds has starred in a whole host of films and TV series, including The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, Persuasion, Road to Perdition, Munich, The Sum of All Fears, There Will Be Blood, and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

He has received Oscar nominations for Supporting Actor three times for his roles in Silence, First Man, and Belfast and has also had roles in Game of Thrones, Rome, and Above Suspicion.

Clare Dunne – Amanda Kinsella

Clare Dunne has starred in Spider Man: Far From Home, Herself, and The Last Duel. She has also had numerous high-profile theatre roles at the National Theatre and the Abbey Theatre among others.

Charlie Cox – Michael Kinsella

Charlie Cox

Charlie Cox is best known for his role as Matt Murdoch / Daredevil in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, particularly the TV series Daredevil.

He also starred as Owen Sleator in two series of Boardwalk Empire, and has credits in Treason, The Theory of Everything, Stardust, and There be Dragons.

Sam Keeley – Erik Kinsella

Sam Keeley played Philip in the RTE series Raw before lining up a whole host of great roles in films as diverse as films Burnt, Monsters: Dark Continent, The Siege of Jadotville, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Cured.

He was also in the main cast of 68 Whiskey.

Critical reception of Kin

When the BBC acquired the rights to Kin, their Head of Programme Acquisition, Sue Deeks said of the show, “Anchored by a tremendous cast, Kin is a powerful and intense story of love, grief, family and crime, and its devastating ramifications.”

Reviewers have, by-and-large, agreed with Paul Dailly writing in TV Fanatic that “The beauty of a series like Kin is that none of the characters are guaranteed safety. Instead, the culture of crime families at war ensures that a devastating turn of events could change everything on a dime.”

They are both spot on, and this is real edge-of-your-seat drama that I, along with many other Irish fans, have absolutely adored. Newcomers to the show are in for a real treat.

How do I watch Kin where I am?

Irish fans will all be familiar with Kin already, while those in the UK can watch on the BBC and the BBC iPlayer.

But if, like me, you are living anywhere else, you will need to use a VPN to unlock the BBC iPlayer and enjoy Kin where you are.

VPNs are mostly used to protect your online security and privacy. That’s the main reason I use mine. But, as an ex-pat, I have also learned that you can use a VPN to unblock streaming services from back home.

VPNs offer servers all over the world, including the UK. And when I hook my VPN up to a British server, I can enjoy BBC iPlayer shows like Kin while travelling anywhere in the world.

The crucial thing is that you have to make sure you are using the best possible VPN.

Where to get a VPN

To watch Kin on BBC iPlayer overseas with the help of a VPN, you need to use ExpressVPN. I have tried them all, and ExpressVPN is by some distance the best VPN for the job.

I loved the connection speeds, which have meant I have never had any buffering issues when streaming on the BBC iPlayer. There are tons of UK-based servers too, which means there is no risk of them becoming overcrowded and slowing things down.

The ExpressVPN apps are amazing too. I have found a dedicated app for all my streaming devices. I especially like their Fire TV Stick app which lets me watch on the TV, but there are apps for phones, tablets, laptops and more too.

I chose the one-year deal that comes with a 49% discount and an additional three months for free. There is even a 30-day money-back guarantee, which means I had loads of time to try ExpressVPN out before committing my money.

Other VPNs like NordVPN and CyberGhost VPN are good too which I’ve also been testing. But the best VPN I have tried by some distance is ExpressVPN.

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How to stream Kin in any country

Having chosen to use ExpressVPN to watch Kin where you are, the next step is to get everything you need set up.

To do this, you will need to follow these few simple instructions that I have pulled together for you:

Step 1

Sign up for ExpressVPN. As I have explained, their one-year deal offers the best value for money, and you can access it via the links in this guide.

Step 2

Download the ExpressVPN app onto the device you want to watch Kin on from either the ExpressVPN website or your official app store.

Step 3

Open the app and log into your new ExpressVPN account using the details you were given in step one.

Step 4

Connect to a UK server by clicking on the Selected Location option, choosing a server located in the UK, and then clicking the Connect button to establish a connection.

ExpressVPN connecting to the UK

Watch the show anywhere using ExpressVPN.

Step 5

This will take a few moments. Then, just open the BBC iPlayer app or website, log into your iPlayer account (or set one up if you need to), and start watching Kin at your leisure.

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What channel is Kin on?

Kin is being broadcast in the UK on BBC One and already looks set to be a big smash.

It is also being streamed both live and on-demand on the BBC iPlayer.

This is all great for UK viewers, but as I have explained, it’s no help to you if, like me, you find yourself overseas for any reason. If that’s you, and you want to watch Kin where you are, you will need the help of a VPN.


Kin is a tremendous crime drama and looks set to be a real highlight of the Winter schedules on the BBC.

If you want to watch, you will find the series on BBC One in the UK or streaming on the BBC iPlayer. But, if you are living overseas, neither of these options are open to you.

Unless you use a VPN like ExpressVPN to unblock the BBC iPlayer and enjoy Kin wherever in the world you happen to be. That’s what I will be doing and, in this guide, I have explained how you can too.

All you need to do is sign up with ExpressVPN. It offers the speeds, the apps, and the UK-based servers you need and, crucially, it works perfectly with the BBC iPlayer.

Once you have signed up, you will find you can enjoy uninterrupted, buffering-free streaming of Kin, a show that is so good, with such a strong cast and such tight writing, that once you have watched one episode, you will be desperate to binge the entire series.


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