BBC Worldwide is starting to offer shows such as Life on Mars and Torchwood for download on iTunes for just £1.89 per episode, after signing a deal with Apple.

Under the deal, the BBC’s commercial arm will make around 10 series available on Apple’s UK iTunes store.

From Tuesday, users can download episodes of Little Britain, Spooks, Robin Hood, Life on Mars and Torchwood via iTunes.

Recently aired programmes such as Ashes to Ashes, will be made available to purchase via iTunes once they have run on the BBC’s iPlayer on-demand catch-up TV service, funded by the licence fee.

But unlike the iPlayer, which is currently only available to PC users, programmes available for download can be watched on a PC or Mac computer, video-enabled iPod, on the iPhone or via Apple TV.

“We want to give audiences a wide variety of options on how and where to view their favourite BBC shows,” said Simon Danker, director of digital media at BBC Worldwide.

“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.”