How to watch 'Champion', author Candice Carty-Williams' 'love letter to Black British music'

"I think this show is special in its own right but the music is very close to me," the author said

L-R: Malcolm Kamulete as Bosco, Déja J Bowens as Vita, both starring in BBC Three's Champion
(Image credit: BBC/New Pictures Ltd/Ben Gregory-Rin)

If Queenie and People Person are on your bookshelf, you'll need to know how to watch Champion, the highly-anticipated series from bestselling author Candice Carty-Williams.

Sometimes fame and family are a toxic combination—just ask Bosco (Malcolm Kamulete) and Vita Champion (Déja J. Bowens). In this "love letter to Black British music," a once-incarcerated rapper (Bosco) attempts to rebuild his career after his prison release. But what happens when his rival notices that his sister, Vita, deserves her own audience? Will the music industry be big enough for both Champions?

How to watch 'Champion' from writing sensation Candice Carty-Williams

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How to watch 'Champion' in the UK

If you're in the UK, Champion is streaming as of Saturday, July 1 on BBC iPlayer, with all eight episodes now available.

How to watch 'Champion' in the US + Beyond

BBC Three's Champion is available in the United States with the help of a VPN, which allows you to change your device's IP address to unlock content that might not be available in your physical location. 

We highly recommend Express VPN, the top-rated VPN from our sister site, TechRadar. You can try it risk-free with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Plus, your activity is secure, data is private and help is available whenever you need, 24/7. (Should you encounter any issues while using the VPN, remember to delete the cookies from your device or switch to a new server.)

Here's how to get started with a VPN for Champion on BBC: 

1. You will need to create a separate BBC account with a UK zip code in order to start streaming, even if you're in another country. 

2. Create an account with Express VPN and follow the download instructions. 

3.  Open the app, and select your server location as anywhere in the UK. 

4. Once Express VPN  is installed and your locale is set to the UK, log onto your BBC account and follow the instructions to start streaming Champion.

Is 'Champion' on Netflix?

Champion is expected to make its way over to Netflix worldwide, but a date has yet to be released. Watch this space for any updates. 

Watch the 'Champion' trailer

A must for music lovers and drama fans alike, Champion promises to be a very exciting ride, albeit an intense one. 

"I think this show is special in its own right but the music is very close to me," the author told TeleVisual. "I’m not a producer but I know the producers and artists that I love, we’ve brought some of those people together to make an amazing soundtrack. Drill, rap, R&B, soul, neo-soul, reggae—we have so many things covered."

Who's starring in 'Champion'?

  • Malcolm Kamulete as Bosco Champion 
  • Déja J. Bowens as Vita Champion
  • Nadine Marshall as Aria Champion
  • Ray BLK as Honey Igwe
  • Kerim Hassan Memet Karagoz 
  • Ray Fearon as Beres Champion. 
  • Jo Martin as Dawn
  • Adeyinka Akinrinade
  • Tom Forbes
  • Genesis Lynea
  • Karl Collins
  • Francis Lovehall
  • Corey Weekes
  • Rachel Adedeji

What to watch after 'Champion' on BBC

After Champion, you'll want to check out BBC's revolutionary dating show, I Kissed a Boy, plus the network's TV spin on Dolly Alderton's Everything I Know About Love if you have yet to binge the series. If it's a reality TV show that you fancy, Love In The Flesh might do the trick!

Danielle Valente
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Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

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