BritBox Unveils New Content Productions With ITV and BBC Studios

BritBox International, which operates British-themed subscription streaming video services in the U.S. and worldwide, June 29 announced new programing productions with platform owners BBC Studios and ITV.

Programs include new the spin-off series “Beyond Paradise,” from Red Planet Pictures, which created the hugely popular criminal series, “Death in Paradise.” The new series takes a look at what happened to DI Humphrey Goodman after he left the sunny shores of Saint Marie in the Bahamas and returned to the U.K.

The series will be available in all BritBox International markets outside of Australia.

“As we continue to grow globally, our new on-the-ground team is embedded into the fabric of British creativity, enabling seamless and passionate storytelling partnerships for U.K. producers,” Reemah Sakaan, CEO of BritBox International, said in a statement.

In “Crime” season two, Dougray Scott returns as troubled detective Ray Lennox. Adapted from best-selling Scottish author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh, the six-part drama will be exclusive to ITV’s new ad-supported free streaming service, ahead of a linear transmission on ITV’s main channel, and followed by BritBox.

Detective Lennox is now settled back into life with Edinburgh’s Serious Crimes team, having fully recovered from his breakdown after the toll of his last investigation. And when a high-ranking member of the establishment is found dead in a Leith warehouse, Lennox is thrown into a case which quickly reveals itself as the work of a serial killer. As victims mount up, Lennox realizes these are anything but random.

“Three Little Birds,” written by Sir Lenny Henry, is inspired by the stories of Henry’s mother, Winifred. On many occasions as he grew up, she would talk about leaving Jamaica in the late 1950’s for Great Britain, which became their lifelong family home.

The life-affirming drama explores untold stories of love, sisterhood, parenting and friendship, and the joys, laughter and struggles of making a new life in the Mother Country. The series follows three young women: the fiery sisters Leah and Chantrelle and their God-fearing acquaintance, Hosanna, as they travel to Britain to build a new life.

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“Working with the very best U.K. producers, we have curated a set of shows we are confident will excite our existing subscribers, while attracting new audiences to our platforms,” said Diederick Santer, CCO of BritBox International.

Other series include reality show “Make it at Market,” which  is filmed in the heart of Leicestershire’s countryside in the secret grounds of Stoneywell, and sees Dom Chinea (The Repair Shop) work with a team of business and craft experts to help a group of budding entrepreneurs make a living from their crafting hobby.

Finally, “Cleaner” season two again comprises episodes featuring a combination of established and emerging comedy talents.

“Karen Pirie” showcases Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”) in the title role in the new ITV drama series from the production company behind “Line of Duty” and “Bodyguard,” among others. DS Karen Pirie is a young and fearless Scottish investigator with a quick wit and tenacious desire for the truth.

The series also stars Chris Jenks (Sex Education) as Jason ‘Mint’ Murray and Zach Wyatt (“Blithe Spirit”) as DS Phil Parhatka.

The series is based on Val McDermid’s first Karen Pirie novel, “The Distant Echo,” which finds the Pirie tasked with reopening an unsolved murder that has been the subject of a provocative true crime podcast.

Mystery Drama ‘Crime’ Heading to Britbox Dec. 14

The new original mystery drama “Crime,” based on the novel of the same name by Irvine Welsh, is heading to the streaming service Britbox Dec. 14.

In the series, battling his own personal demons, D.I. Ray Lennox (Dougray Scott, Mission: Impossible 2, My Week With Marilyn) must put his own problems aside when he’s asked to investigate the disappearance of a young girl. As the case begins to strike fear in the town and the police department starts to fight with itself, it falls to Lennox to solve the case and prevent the perpetrator from striking again. “Crime” co-stars Joanna Vanderham (“Warrior,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Angela Griffin (“Harlots,” “Wild Bill”), Ken Stott (“The Missing,” The Hobbit trilogy), Jamie Sivies (“Game of Thrones,” “Chernobyl”) and Laura Fraser (“Breaking Bad,” “Traces”).

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New Original Mystery Series ‘The Tower’ Headed to Britbox Dec. 1

Gemma Whelan (“Game of Thrones,” “Killing Eve”) is headlining a new original drama on the British streaming service Britbox called “The Tower.” All episodes premiere Dec. 1.

The series — based on the novel by Kate London, a former U.K. detective who spent eight years on the force — is written and executive produced by Patrick Harbison of “Homeland” and “24.”

In “The Tower,” Whelan plays a detective brought in to investigate a shocking event in London’s East End in which a veteran cop and teenage girl are killed and a rookie cop and 5-year-old boy go missing. Seemingly their only connection is the tower where the incident took place. 

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The series co-stars Jimmy Akingbola (“Kate & Koji,” upcoming “Bel-Air”), Emmett J Scanlan (“Peaky Blinders,” “Gangs of London”) and Tahirah Sharif (“Casualty,” “The Haunting of Bly Manor”).

BritBox to Stream Remastered 4K Version of ‘Brideshead Revisited’ on Oct. 12

BritBox, the British-themed SVOD platform co-owned by BBC Studios and ITV, Sept. 23 announced it would launch a 4K remastered version of the 1981 miniseries “Brideshead Revisited” on Oct. 12.

Considered to be one of the greatest literary adaptations of all time and even called “the biggest British invasion since the Beatles” by The New York Times, Jeremy Irons (Dead Ringers) and Anthony Andrews (“Upstairs, Downstairs”) star in this drama based on Evelyn Waugh’s 1945 novel, Brideshead Revisited.

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Taking place from the 1920s to the early 1940s, the story follows the life and romances of protagonist Charles Ryder. Though of no money or family, Charles befriends Sebastian Flyte, who comes from a wealthy family of English Catholics who live in a palatial mansion by the name of Brideshead Castle.

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“Brideshead Revisited Remastered in 4K” will honor the 40th anniversary of the series, allowing subscribers to stream the series in a resolution format not available before.

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month/69.99 per year on Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV (4th gen), Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices.

True Crime BritBox Original ‘In the Footsteps of Killers’ to Stream on Service Beginning July 6

The true crime Britbox Original “In the Footsteps of Killers” is exclusively streaming on the service in North America beginning July 6.

In the series investigated like a documentary and filmed as a drama, “Silent Witness” actress Emilia Fox teams up with top criminologist Professor David Wilson to solve Britain’s most heinous murders.

Through Fox’s extensive research for her role in the hit BBC Series, she has become an expert in unsolved cases. Combining her talent with Professor Wilson’s professional background in studying serial killers, the unlikely pair investigate a different unsolved murder in each episode. The series follows the duo as they base themselves in the vicinity of the crime and reexamine the evidence for themselves. By meeting with police, witnesses, journalists, experts and others, the two walk the murder scene in the footsteps of the killer.

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There are three episodes: “The Disappearance of the Milk Carton Kids,” “The Disappearance of Suzy Lamplugh” and “The Murder of Rita Ellis.”

BritBox North America Names Nada Arnot SVP of Marketing

BritBox North America May 12 announced the appointment of Nada Arnot to the newly created post of SVP of marketing. With two decades of experience, Arnot will lead and manage the marketing and communications efforts across the the $6.99 monthly subscription streaming service, including strategy, creative, partnerships and media buying. Arnot will report directly to Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America.

Nada Arnot

In her new role, Arnot will guide and mentor a team of marketing, communications and creatives to drive brand. Her appointment comes in the midst of accelerated global growth for BritBox, as co-owners BBC Studios and ITV have recently announced plans for BritBox to expand in up to 25 countries, including South Africa later this year.

“With Nada’s proven leadership and accomplishments in streaming, I am confident that she is exactly what our team needs as we continue to grow in North America and beyond,” Powers said in a statement.

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Arnot joins BritBox from AMC Networks where she was GM of Sundance Now. Prior to that role, Arnot was head of marketing for AMC Networks’ SVOD business, building the operating model and strategic plan for subscription streaming video services.

Hugh Laurie to Star in BritBox’s Biggest Original Production, Based on Agatha Christie Book

Actor Hugh Laurie and British-themed SVOD service BritBox would seem a perfect pairing. Now, the North American streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV announced that the former “House” star will adapt Agatha Christie mystery, Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?, into an original three-part miniseries — the service’s its biggest original commission to date.

Laurie will also direct and executive produce the series, which will make its global debut on BritBox in the U.S. and Canada in 2022.

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Hugh Laurie

Produced by Agatha Christie Limited and Mammoth Screen, whose previous collaborations include The ABC Murders, starring John Malkovich, Evans follows the amiable Bobby Jones and his whip-smart friend, socialite Lady Frances Derwent.

On the hunt for a lost golf ball, Jones discovers the crumpled body of a dying man who, with his last breath, gasps the cryptic question of the series’ title. Armed with only a photograph of a beautiful young woman found in the dead man’s pocket, the sleuths embark on a crime-solving adventure and prove surprisingly adept at unearthing clues.

“I can’t overstate how excited we are to bring this new adaptation to life for the BritBox community,” Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America, said in a statement. “Laurie’s writing pays homage to the brilliance of the original Agatha Christie mystery, while adding fresh wit, humor, and creativity that will appeal to all audiences.”

Casting will be announced at a later date. Endeavor Content brokered the commission and will handle International sales outside of the U.K., Ireland and the Americas.

“Hugh has brought his own inimitable style and flavor to this work, whilst at the same time being faithful to the original,” said James Prichard, CEO of Agatha Christie Limited.

“I loved this book as a nipper and still do. The hairs on the back of my neck haven’t properly settled down from the first time I grasped the beauty of the essential mystery,” said Laurie. “Since then, I have fallen deeper and deeper in love with the characters, and feel immensely honored to have been given the chance to retell their story in this form.”

BritBox has been commissioning original programming since 2017, starting with “The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco,” and most recently announced “Hope Street,” a new cozy crime series. In addition, the service showcases a substantial slate of co-productions, including “The Pembrokeshire Murders,” starring Luke Evans; “Honour,” starring Keeley Hawes; and “There She Goes,” starring David Tennant.

Crime Thriller Series ‘Grace’ Premieres on BritBox Streaming Service April 27

BritBox, the subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, on March 18 announced it is expanding its collection of originals in North America with a new crime thriller series based on the popular Roy Grace novels by Peter James.

“Grace,” starring John Simm (“Doctor Who,” Trauma) as the title detective, premieres April 27 on BritBox in the United States and Canada. The screenwriter is Russell Lewis, who created the popular mystery series “Endeavor.” The Roy Grace novels have sold more than 20 million copies in 37 languages.

“Grace” follows hard-working Brighton-based detective Roy Grace, who because of his unorthodox crime-solving methods is exiled to investigating long-forgotten cold cases. After a stag night prank appears to go wrong the groom has gone missing, and Grace, still haunted by the disappearance of his wife, and at risk of losing the job he loves, is tapped by his colleague, Detective Sergeant Glenn Branson (Richie Campbell, Small Axe) to help solve the time-sensitive case.

“Grace contains all the elements of what our audience is looking for from BritBox: an award-winning writing team, a phenomenal British cast, and, most importantly, a compelling mystery story packed with shocking twists,” said Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America. “As the only authentic British streaming service available in North America, we have and continue to premiere edgy, modern, premium content.”

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“We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Russell Lewis and Peter James, two of the greatest writers around, and to have the chance to bring Grace alive on screen,” said executive producers Andrew O’Connor and Paul Sandler of Second Act Productions. “Like so many other readers, we’ve been fans of the Grace books since they first appeared, so this is a fantastically exciting project for us.”

“Grace” is co-produced by Second Act Productions, Tall Story Pictures (both part of ITV Studios) and Vaudeville Productions, and is distributed internationally by ITV Studios. This season will feature two 90-minute standalone TV films based on the first two books in the series: Dead Simple and Looking Good Dead.

“Grace” is the latest addition to BritBox North America’s slate of original films and series, which include true crime co-productions “The Pembrokeshire Murders” and “Honour” as well as “A Confession,” “There She Goes” and “McDonald & Dodds.”

BritBox subscriptions are $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year — after an introductory free trial period — on Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV (fourth generation), Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online. BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels on supported devices.

BritBox Exclusively Streaming Sitcom ‘Kate & Koji’ in U.S.

BritBox, the $6.99 monthly subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, March 11 announced it would exclusively stream in North America ITV sitcomKate & Koji.”  Starring award-winning actress Brenda Blethyn (Vera, Secrets & Lies) and Jimmy Akingbola (“Arrow,” “Ted Lasso”), the series follows the unlikely friendship between Kate, a working-class woman who runs an old fashioned seaside cafe, and Koji, an African asylum seeker.

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Although from very different worlds, they are similar in ways they do not recognize, including a dogged determination to never back down. The six-part show was filmed in the picturesque coastal town of Herne Bay in Kent, South East England. It premieres April 13 on BritBox.

BritBox, which launched in the U.S. in 2017 as competition to AMC Network’s Acorn TV and Netflix, is available on Roku,  Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast and online.  

BritBox, which has more than 1.2 million subscribers in North America, and 500,000 in the U.K., is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels on supported devices.

BritBox North America Commissions Original Detective Series Set in Northern Ireland

BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, March 4 announced that it will commission “Hope Street,” a new serial crime drama streaming exclusively on BritBox in the U.S. and Canada. Set in the fictional town of Port Devine on the Northern Ireland coast, the series focuses on the mysterious arrival of English Detective Constable Alimah Kahn (Amara Karan), the first Muslim police officer in the town’s history.

Amara Karan

The character-led series combines a long-running serial narrative with quirky self-contained crime stories in each episode.  At its heart, “Hope Street” celebrates the warm-hearted and good-humored people of Northern Ireland – as they build a future together rather than dwelling on the differences of the past. The series is funded in part by Northern Ireland Screen.

“[The series] offers a modern twist and a fresh setting for the mystery shows that are popular with BritBox fans,” Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America, said in a statement. “It’s a new take on a beloved genre, set in an area rich in history.”

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The cast features character actors, including Brid Brennan (“Brooklyn”) as Concepta, Des McAleer (“The Crown”) as Barry, Ciarán McMenamin (“Primeval”) as Finn and Amara Karan (“The Night of”) as Alimah.

“Hope Street” adds to BritBox’s repertoire of original co-productions including, “There She Goes,” starring David Tennant; “McDonald & Dodds,” starring Jason Watkins and recent premieres, “The Pembrokeshire Murders,” starring Luke Evans; “Honour,” starring Keeley Hawes; and upcoming “Sister Boniface,” the “Father Brown” spin-off.