Watch The Highway Rat Anywhere

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without the BBC’s unique animated specials that are fun for all the family and a traditional part of a British Christmas.

This year the Highway Rat is the major animated highlight of Christmas, and wherever you are this Christmas, you will not miss out on this Christmas highlight with Liberty Shield’s exclusive products. Read below for more on how to access the Highway Rat from anywhere.

watch The Highway Rat anywhere

A Christmas viewing treat for all the family from Oscar nominated producers Magic Light Pictures.

A glorious animated swashbuckler, The Highway Rat is based on the richly imaginative book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the UK’s bestselling picture book team. First published by Alison Green Books, an imprint of Scholastic, in 2011.

watch The Highway Rat anywhere

This is Magic Light’s fifth adaptation of a Donaldson & Scheffler picture book. Their previous films are established family classics; The Gruffalo, The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom and Stick Man, premiered on BBC One Christmas Day respectively in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

Most recently, Stick Man achieving huge ratings of 9.3 million viewers, with an overall 41% audience share, making it the fourth highest rated programme of the day. The film has won critical praise and a raft of global industry awards including: the coveted Cristal for best TV Production, Annecy Animation Festival, France and Best Voice Performance for Martin Freeman, British Animation Awards.

watch The Highway Rat anywhere

Last Christmas the company produced a two-part animated special based on Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes. Premiering on BBC One on the 26 and 27 of December the films featured the voices of Dominic West, David Walliams, Rose Lesley and Jemma Chan. With over 10 million viewers for their first broadcast slots, the films have just been nominated for a BAFTA and an International Emmy, and have already won multiple awards including the Cristal for best TV Production, Annecy.

How to watch The Highway Rat on BBC iPlayer from anywhere…

When you load BBC iPlayer in the USA, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, France, Spain, Portugal, Australia, Dubai, Canada etc. you will get an error message.

BBC iPlayer TV programmes are available to play in the UK only.

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This is basically because their streaming services are geoblocked based on the IP address being used to access it. You must be a UK domestic web user to access BBC live tv streaming and catchup with BBC iPlayer.

  • Get a UK IP address.
  • If you just want to watch on your PC, Mac or iPad. Then you can get a UK Proxy or VPN from Liberty Shield from only £6.99 per month.
  • Prefer to watch on supported media streaming devices like Now TV, Smart TVs, Apple TV, Xbox, PS4, Amazon Fire TV, Roku etc? You’ll need a UK configured VPN Router setup as British for only £12.99 with Worldwide Shipping.


Furthermore BBC iPlayer isn’t the only geographically-censored streaming services a VPN or Proxy will allow you to access.  Other UK services like BBC Sport, ITV Hub, All 4, Sky Go and Now TV are available.

Plus with the option to switch to our USA service whenever you like, you can access Hulu, HBO GO, Netflix and Pandora. Essentially you can access international content from virtually anywhere!

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