If you’re old enough to remember the original Watership Down cartoon then you, like me were probably left traumatised as a kid.
You’ll be initially horrified to know that the UK’s BBC and Netflix have teamed up to recreate this kid’s classic.
However, your initial shock will be replaced by pleasure because this recreated Watership Down has been toned down on the violence front.
If you’ve got kids then it means they can enjoy this classic story without being left terrified by myxomatosis bunnies.
In the UK Watership Down is being shown by the BBC but across the world, it’s a Netflix exclusive. So if you don’t have Netflix you could miss out.
But not to worry because in this guide I’ll be showing you how you can watch the Watership Down remake anywhere in the world without Netflix.
How to watch Watership Down without Netflix
To watch Watership Down without Netflix you’ll need to do so on the BBC’s iPlayer service.
iPlayer is the online streaming service in the UK from the BBC. However, if you try to access the BBC iPlayer service from outside the UK then you’ll be blocked.
To bypass this block you need to get a VPN app which allows you to pretend you’re in the UK.
Step 1: Choose a VPN service
VPN apps are sold by hundreds of different companies so there’s lots of choices.
Not all VPN services work with BBC iPlayer though so it’s important to choose one that does.
My three favourites that work well are:
You don’t need to overthink it too much. Just choose one of the three services above.
My favourite is ExpressVPN because they’re super easy to use plus they have a handy 30-day money back guarantee just in case you have trouble getting it to work.
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Step 2: Sign up for a VPN and download their app
Once you’ve chosen one of the VPN services above all you need to do is sign up and download their app.
This is really simple. Just follow the steps below.
- Select a VPN service from above, for example, ExpressVPN by clicking here and sign up.
- Download their app from your app store or the ‘Products’ section of their website.
- Open the app and login or activate it.
- Press ‘Choose Location‘ (1)
- Then press ‘United Kingdom‘ (2).
It will take around 30 seconds for the VPN app to connect.
Once it’s connected head over to the BBC iPlayer website where you can watch the new Watership Down without Netflix.
You can either watch when it’s shown live in the UK or if that time doesn’t suit you then you can watch on catch-up at a later date.
When is Watership Down available to watch
Watership Down is being shown on the BBC iPlayer on 22nd and 23rd December.
If you want to watch the very first airing then you’ll need to tune in at 7 pm and 7:20 pm UK time.
Each episode runs for approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes so make sure you’ve got chips and drinks to hand because there are no advertisement breaks.
If you’re wondering what time that is in your country take a look at TheTimeZoneConvertor. Although don’t worry if it’s at a time which isn’t suitable for you because you can watch on catch-up TV at any time.
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What countries can I watch in
Using a VPN from ExpressVPN or one of the other providers you can watch Watership Down 2018 in any country.
You won’t need a Netflix account to watch.
This means you can watch Watership Down in the United States, Canada, Ireland, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Thailand, Japan, Hong Kong or anywhere else.
In Summary: Watch Watership Down without Netflix
If you want to watch this classic rabbit masterpiece remade for 2018 but you don’t have Netflix then you’ll need to get a VPN app.
A VPN from ExpressVPN will allow you to watch Watership Down 2018 anywhere in the world without the need for Netflix.
Simply sign up for ExpressVPN, download their app and then connect to the United Kingdom.
Once connected visit the BBC iPlayer website or use the BBC iPlayer app where you can watch Watership Down at a time convenient to yourself.
Best of all, you don’t need Netflix!
Where are you watching Watership Down from? I would love to know so drop me a comment in the comments section below.