Hit BBC shows such as Life on Mars and Torchwood are now available to download via Apple’s online store.
Programmes can be downloaded for £1.89 per episode from iTunes and then viewed on a Mac or PC, video iPod or iPhone.
The deal makes the BBC the first UK broadcaster to offer television programmes on iTunes.
Recently aired programmes, such as the Life on Mars sequel Ashes to Ashes, will be available on iTunes after they’ve been made available on the BBC iPlayer – the broadcaster’s free catch-up TV download service.
BBC Worldwide Director of Digital Media Simon Danker said: ‘We want to give audiences a wide variety of options on how and where to view their favourite BBC shows.
‘With more people now choosing to watch TV shows on their iPods, fans of series such as The Mighty Boosh and The Catherine Tate Show can now enjoy those shows wherever they are.’
Other shows available on iTunes include Little Britain, Spooks and Robin Hood.
TV on demand
The BBC is also planning to launch an on-demand content service jointly with ITV and Channel 4 later this year.
The service – which has the working title Kangaroo – will bring together more than 10,000 hours of the broadcasters’ current and archive programming in one place.
It will initially launch as TV on the internet but it is hoped it will eventually be available on TV sets.