May 25, 2021
BritBox North America and BritBox U.K. May 25 announced that the British-themed SVOD has commissioned its first global original programming: mystery series “Murder in Provence,” from Monumental Television.
Starring Roger Allam (“Endeavour,” “The Thick of It”), Nancy Carroll (“The Crown,” “Father Brown”) and Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman), and based on the books by M.L. Longworth, “Murder in Provence” follows Antoine Verlaque (Allam), Investigating Judge in Aix-en Provence, and romantic partner Marine Bonnet (Carroll) as they investigate the murders, mysteries and dark underbelly of their idyllic home. Their efforts are aided by Hélène (Settle), a detective and Antoine’s trusted confidante.
Monumental Television, part of BritBox co-owner ITV Studios, was founded by Oscar nominated film producers Alison Owen and Debra Hayward in 2014.
The series, which is due to go into production in the U.K. and France in July, marks the first global collaboration between BritBox North America and BritBox U.K. The series will debut exclusively on the streamers in 2022. The series will then be aired on ITV in the UK the following year.
“‘Murder in Provence’ is the perfect series for our first major collaboration with our BritBox U.K. colleagues,” Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America, said in a statement. Will Harrison, managing director BritBox U.K., hopes the series will be the first of many global originals made exclusively for BritBox subscribers.
“The books by M.L. Longworth seem to be tailor made for television,” he said.
BritBox North America launched in 2017 as competition to AMC Networks’ Acorn TV, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. It has more than 1.5 million subscribers. BritBox U.K. bowed in 2019, and has more than 500,000 subs.