NEWS: BBC programmes to be available on iTunes

Popular BBC TV shows such as Little Britain, Torchwood, Spooks and Ashes to Ashes are to be made available for download on Apple's iTunes store. Each episode will cost £1.89.

It's the first time the BBC has charged viewers to download content, and follows the success of its free iPlayer service.

The BBC claims more than 3.5 million shows were streamed or downloaded in the first two weeks after the iPlayer's launch.

"We want to give audiences a wide variety of options on how and where to view their favourite BBC shows," says BBC Worldwide's Simon Danker. "With more people now watching to watch TV shows on their iPods, fans can now enjoy thos shows wherever they are.

Current shows such as Ashes to Ashes will appear on iTunes after they've been made available to view for free on the BBC's iPlayer.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.