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The BBC is hoping to take on Amazon and Netflix with the release of a range of box sets in time for Christmas.

The series are available digitally via the BBC iPlayer service. They include 'Taboo' (starring Tom Hardy), 'Peaky Blinders', 'Wolf Hall' and 'Gavin and Stacey'.

Every regeneration episode of 'Doctor Who' since 2005 will also be available.

It's the first time entire series have been available via iPlayer in one go.

The box sets are available from 16th December. Most series will be available for 30 days.

As well as recent shows, there's plenty of classic fare to get your teeth into. These include classic Christmas EastEnders' episodes like Den and Angie's divorce papers (from 1986), and the full series of 'Blue Planet' (from 2001).

According to BBC director general Tony Hall, the box sets will help boost iPlayer's profile.

"We need it to make the leap from a catch-up service to a must-visit destination in its own right," he has said.

Charlotte Moore, director of content at the BBC, added: "There is no need to go anywhere else this Christmas because we have an even richer offer across the BBC than ever before.

"We are always home to the very best British programmes during the festive season but with so much content to fit in, it's fantastic to give audiences a special gift on iPlayer to complement our schedule."

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