BigK wrote: "Because I am in the UK I cannot of course check for myself but it just seems so strange, because it is clearly on the internet and should be available anywhere!"
Unfortunately, BigK, when it comes to streaming videos from and to other countries, it's not that simple; I sometimes wish it were.
For example, the BBC iPlayer is only available for users to download or stream inside the UK (though short video extracts can be viewed within such things as news reports which are usually available worldwide, and radio programmes are available in full) and this is because of rights issues connected with the content of the programmes. There will also be the potential to sell programmes to other countries, which would obviously be compromised if they were freely available on the net. It must also be remembered that the BBC is mainly funded by a licence fee paid by UK residents and it would be rather unfair if a very large percentage of the Corporation's output could be seen by people who were not licencepayers; radio programmes are exempt because no fee is payable for receiving them.
Many of the same reasons (though not the licence-fee issue) will apply to 4oD where access to content is restricted, though I understand some of it is sometimes made available to overseas viewers, and much (but not all) of the output of their sister channel, E4, is available to view outside of these shores.
Looking at it from this side, I have found I can't watch some programmes from sites such as Retrovision (which streams old movies and tv shows) when they are hosted by companies such as 'Hulu'; again this is due to copyright issues.
Of course, a lot of stuff finds its way onto sites such as YouTube and Daily Motion, though this would invariably be without the relevant broadcaster's permission, hence the notices that often appear saying the content has been removed for copyright reasons. I have noticed that quite a few extracts from 'Embarrassing Bodies' are on 'Daily Motion' so perhaps the scenes mentioned here will pop up on there eventually.