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.

BritBox Promotes Reemah Sakaan to CEO International

BritBox Feb. 24 named Reemah Sakaan to the position of CEO International as the British-centric programming subscription streaming VOD expands operations globally. Sakaan, who begins her new position in April, currently heads SVOD operations at ITV, co-owner of BritBox with BBC Studios. She is also currently chief brand & creative officer at BritBox Global.

Reemah Sakaan

Sakaan will oversee all BritBox operations outside the United Kingdom, which bowed service there in 2019 following previous launches in the U.S. (2017) and Canada (2018). With more than 1.5 million subscribers, BritBox bowed operations in Australia last year and plans to roll out service in South Africa later this year.

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BritBox management includes Moira Hogan, country manager for Australia, and Emily Powers EVP and head of BritBox North America — all of whom report to Sakaan.

“The role attracted a very impressive field of external candidates which reflects the strength and appeal of the BritBox brand,” Carolyn McCall, ITV CEO said in a statement. “Reemah was deservedly successful and I am really pleased that she will lead BritBox internationally.”

Tim Davie, director general BBC, said international audiences are increasingly turning to British TV shows and movies — a reality not lost on Netflix, Amazon Studios and Disney, which all have content production operations in the U.K.

“This is an important moment for BritBox and its ambitions to become a truly global brand,” Davie said.

 

‘BBC Select’ Subscription Streaming Service Launched in U.S.

The BBC has launched its new BBC Select streaming service in the United States, following the ITV co-partnered bow of BritBox in 2017. The $4.99 monthly documentary-themed service is available through Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple TV.

Programming will focus on social and political-themed content, including the 2020 Presidential Election, social justice movement, culture and the pandemic, among other themes.

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Content includes “The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty,” “The Fall of an Icon,” Grayson Perry’s “Big American Road Trip,” “54 Days: America and the Pandemic” and “TV’s Black Renaissance: Reggie Yates in Hollywood,” among others.

“BBC Select is a powerhouse of ideas, firing off in all directions,” Jon Farrar, VOD director for BBC Studios and co-founder of BritBox, said in a statement. “As Select content reveals our world — in these complex times — through the lenses of culture, politics, and ideas, I hope we come to understand the forces that shape what it means to be alive in 2021. We hope our shows equally keep our viewers inspired and optimistic.”

BritBox Streaming New ‘Up’ Installment Showcasing Lives of 14 Brits Since 1964

BritBox Feb. 11 announced it would exclusively premiere of the latest installment of the acclaimed “Up” series, 63 Up, on March 9. The series began in 1964 called 7 Up, showcasing the lives of 14 British children, with follow-up docu-series every seven years thereafter. 

Directed by Emmy-nominated, DGA and BAFTA award-winning director Michael Apted (The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Coalminer’s Daughter, Gorky Park, The World is Not Enough, Amazing Grace), the documentary anthology series aims to offer insight into the premise of whether or not our adult lives are pre-determined by our earliest influences and by the social class in which we are raised. 

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Following a successful theatrical run, The New York Times’ Manohla Dargis wrote, “there’s a great pleasure in revisiting this series, seeing who turned out just fine and sometimes better than you might have expected or hoped.” 

“Michael Apted brought one of the most astonishing and innovative documentary series into our homes and hearts,” Emily Powers, head of BritBox North America, said in a statement. “We are honored to be the exclusive home to the entire ‘Up’ series and to offer Michael’s last installment of this important feat in storytelling on BritBox.”

The original 7 Up was broadcast as a one-off “World in Action Special” inspired by the founding editor Tim Hewat’s interest in the Jesuit saying, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,” and his anger at what he saw as the rigidity of social class in England. The series featured select children talking about their hopes and dreams for the future. As members of the generation who would be running the country by the year 2000, what did they think they would become?

The result was groundbreaking and the follow-up films every seven years have won an array of awards. Over six decades, the films have documented the group as they became adults and entered middle-age, dealing with everything life has thrown at them in between. Now, as the group reaches retirement age, the film is back to discover what they are doing. 

Apted died Jan. 7 at age 79.

The entire “Up” Series (7 Up, 7 + 7 Up, 21 Up, 28 Up, 35 Up, 42 Up, 49 Up, 56 Up and 63 Up) as well as a documentary about the impact of the series, “7 Up and Me are available on BritBox. 

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month/ $69.99 annually — after an introductory free trial period—on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online at www.britbox.com. BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels.