BBC Just Added Summer Heights High To iPlayer

by : Julia Banim on : 18 Apr 2019 15:13
Summer Heights High is coming to BBC iPlayer.Summer Heights High is coming to BBC iPlayer.ABC

Beloved Aussie mockumentary Summer Heights High is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer, making ideal viewing for Brits who’ve binged through Kath & Kim on Netflix.


This surreal sitcom follows the highs and lows of life at the fictional Summer Heights High School in the Sydney suburbs.

Check out the following trailer for a taste of what you can expect:

The three main characters in this popular send up of Australian high school life are all played by the writer, actor and comedian Chris Lilley.


This core cast includes snobbish and often mean brat Ja’mie King, the narcissistic Mr G and a 13-year-old delinquent by the name of Jonah Takalua.

The character of Jonah has provoked some controversy, with Lilley wearing ‘brownface’ to portray the Tongan teenager. The depiction has been described by many viewers as racist.

The news comes after Netflix released the official trailer for Lunatics, another comedy series from the mind of Lilley.

In a similar vein to Summer Heights High, Lunatics will see Lilley playing multiple eccentric characters.

According to the official synopsis for Lunatics:

A Pet Psychologist to the stars, a Real Estate Entrepreneur, a cutting edge Fashion Designer, a budding Museum Owner, an arts and crafts Influencer, and the future Earl of Gayhurst.

Lunatics: the story of six characters coming to terms with themselves and the world around them – be it a haunting past or a pressurising future, finding love or chasing dreams. Starring Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, Chris Lilley, and Chris Lilley.

You can watch the trailer for Lunatics below:


The trailer for Lunatics has already provoked some controversy, with the character of Jana the ‘South African lesbian pet psychic to the stars’ shown to have darkened skin and afro hair.

One person tweeted:

It’s 2019 and we still need to remind @NetflixANZ and Chris Lilly that blackface is racist. #Lunatics

Another said:

Chris Lilley is maybe doing blackface again which is very shitty and also he called his new show ‘Lunatics’ because mentally ill people are a joke apparently just saying there are many layers of yikes in this shit sandwich.

However, others have argued we don’t yet know the context for this character, with Lilley potentially portraying a person such as Rachel Dolezal who famously misled people into believing she had African American heritage.

Summer Heights High is available to stream on BBC iPlayer now, while Lunatics will air on Netflix as of Friday, April 19.


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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Film and TV, BBC, iPlayer


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