After trying many free offerings out there without reliability, i turned to ibvpn. I found the set up fairly easy with the instructions provided and managed to be up and running using openvpn within about 10 minutes. The speed seems as good as without connection via the server (about 3meg). Only ever had one instance to contact the technical team after 12 mths of service and their reply was within the hour!
For the money (5 dollars for uk&ie servers), we are more than happy and can now watch our beloved uk tv shows.