STV Player on BT TV: Black Widows, The Suspect, Sanditon - best TV shows and box sets to stream this summer and how to watch

BT TV customers can use the STV Player app on their TV box and watch loads of exclusive international drama series. Discover our pick of what to watch this summer.

By Alex Fletcher Updated: 1 August 2022 - 12.52pm
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Looking for a gripping new drama box set? The STV Player could have the answer.

BT TV customers can check out the STV Player and discover hours and hours of fantastic international dramas that will have you hooked.

STV is one of Scotland's biggest streaming sites, bringing content from all around the world, including a fantastic array of dramas, documentaries, sport and entertainment available on catch-up, and the STV Player is also home to exclusive box sets to binge.

Check out our top STV Player picks for this summer - and the box sets to watch next…

New for summer 2022: Best TV shows to stream

Black Widows

What is it? Nordic TV drama created by Mikko Pöllä

Three women friends are gathered at a cabin with their three husbands - all colleagues - when the men's fishing boat explodes on the water. A policeman investigates the widows, who will have to try to explain what happened. 

How many episodes are there? 16

The Suspect

What is it? Crime drama from the makers of Line of Duty starring Aidan Turner

The Suspect follows Doctor Joe O'Loughlin, who appears to have the perfect life - a devoted wife, a loving daughter, successful practice as a clinical psychologist, media profile and a publishing deal. When a young woman is found in a shallow grave in a cemetery, veteran police officer DI Vincent Ruiz and his partner DS Riya Devi are assigned to the investigation. But has the young woman been murdered, or is this a case of suicide?

How many episodes are there? 5

Available Scotland only from Sunday 28 August


Sanditon ITV

What is it? TV adaptation of Jane Austen's final unfinished novel

Stunning period drama Sanditon returns for season 2! Join the spirited young Charlotte Heywood as she heads back to Sanditon to pursue a life of independence as a governess for a local family. However, she soon attracts the attention of not one, but two new men.

How many episodes are there? 6 in season 2

Available Scotland only from Friday 12 August

Necessary Roughness

What is it? American TV drama starring Callie Thorne and Scott Cohen

When a tough, sexy Long Island divorcée (Thorne) gets a job as the therapist for a professional football team, her unexpected success soon has high-profile clients clamouring for her unique brand of tough love. Even as her new practice wreaks havoc at home, this newly single mum is determined to strike a balance between her equally hectic personal and professional lives. 

How many episodes are there? 12 in season 1

Available UK wide from Tuesday 2 August


What is it? New Zealand comedy drama and prequel to Outrageous Fortune

Westside tells the story of legendary safe cracker and career criminal, Ted West and his fire cracker of a wife, Rita. Tales of crime and passion in Auckland, New Zealand, spanning the years 1974 to 1984.

How many episodes are there? 6 in season 1

Available UK wide from Monday 8 August

City Homicide 

What is it? Australian TV drama set on the homicide floor of a metropolitan police headquarters in Melbourne

City Homicide is a punchy drama series about murder mystery and a group of young committed cops focused on getting justice for the deceased. 

How many episodes are there? 14 in season 1

Available UK wide from Thursday 18 August

Long Lost Family: What Happened Next

What is it? Davina McCall and Nicky Campbell revisit families that have been reunited

In the first episode the team revisit one of the most incredible searches they have ever taken on: the ever-unfolding story of grandmother Kathleen Fraser Jackson.

How many episodes are there? 2 in season 5

Available Scotland only, streaming now

Van Der Valk

What is it? British crime drama series about a detective in Amsterdam, based on the novels of Nicolas Freeling

Two seemingly unrelated men are found murdered in different parts of Amsterdam on the same day. Are the deaths connected and could there be a link to another disappearance?

How many episodes are there? 3

Available Scotland only from Sunday 7 August


What is it? ITV crime drama starring Line of Duty's Adrian Dunbar 

Retired Detective Alex Ridley is lured back into service as a consultant detective when his former protégée, Carol Farman, needs help in cracking a complex murder case.

How many episodes are there? 4

Available Scotland only, streaming now

Sandhamn Murders

What is it? Swedish crime drama based on the books 

The Sandhamn Murders is based on Viveca Sten's hugely popular novel, Still Waters, a Nordic crime drama set in the beautiful surroundings of the outer Stockholm archipelago.

How many episodes are there? 3 in season 1

Available UK wide now

Rose and Maloney

What is it? British crime drama set in the fictional Criminal Justice Review Agency

Rose Linden and Maloney investigate old criminal cases, seeking to rectify miscarriages of justice. Starring British television icons Sarah Lancashire and Phil Davis.

How many episodes are there? 2 in season 1

Available UK wide now

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Our House

Our House ITV

What is it? Watercooler drama starring Martin Compston and Tuppence Middleton

Fi Lawson is panicked when she arrives home to find strangers moving into her house, but she insists that it isn't for sale. Based on the novel Our House.

How many episodes are there? 4

The Commons

What is it? Australian TV drama starring Joanne Froggatt, set in the future and raising questions about climate change and biotechnology.

Eadie, a radical and gifted neuropsychologist, is desperate for a child. In that quest, she faces intellectual property theft, disaster capitalism and eugenics.

How many episodes are there? 8

No Return

No Return ITV

What is it? Popular ITV drama created by Danny Brocklehurst

An idyllic family holiday to Turkey turns into a nightmare when a 16-year-old boy is accused of a serious crime. No Return stars Sheridan Smith and Michael Jibson.

How many episodes are there? 4


What is it? An Australian legal drama about a gang of young solicitors

Crownies follows five young lawyers, as they face the pressures and endearing madness of modern single life - all in a fast paced workplace that highlights the moral dilemmas and big issues facing an apparently civilised society.

How many episodes are there? 22

Deep Water

What is it? An Australian crime drama series based on the murders of gay men in Sydney’s suburbs in the 1980s and 90s.

When a young gay man is brutally murdered near Bondi Beach, Detectives Tori Lustigman and Nick Manning are assigned to investigate. After more bodies are found, Tori links the deaths to a series of murders of gay men in the 1980s and 90s.

How many episodes are there? It's a four-part mini-series

Catching Milat

What is it? True crime drama based on the book Sins of the Brother

Seven backpackers' bodies are found in the forest southwest of Sydney in 1992 and 1993, sparking Australia's biggest ever manhunt. This is the compelling true story of the law enforcers who tracked down and caught Australia's most infamous serial killer, Ivan Milat.

How many episodes are there? It's a four-part mini-series

The Bridge

What is it? The American adaptation of the classic Swedish/Danish drama

A dead body is found on the bridge connecting the USA and Mexico, forcing Sonya Cross from El Paso PD to work with her Mexican counterpart, Marco Ruiz, to catch a serial killer operating on both sides of the border.

How many episodes are there? 26


David Tennant and Anna Gun in Gracepoint FOX/Getty

What is it? The US adaptation of the British murder mystery Broadchurch

When a young boy is found dead on an idyllic beach, a major police investigation gets underway in the small California seaside town where the tragedy occurred. David Tennant (Doctor Who) and Anna Gunn (Breaking Bad) star in this US mystery.

How many episodes are there? 10 episodes

How to watch the STV Player on BT TV

Just press the YouView button on your remote and STV Player is next to all your other apps like iPlayer, All4, Netflix, Prime Video and NOW.