BritBox Debuts

UK broadcasting giants BBC Worldwide and ITV have launched what may be online nirvana for US fans of British television.

BritBox is a new subscription streaming service promising “the most comprehensive collection of British television, across all genres, available anywhere in the US.”

With a $6.99 a month plan, viewers can watch “thousands of hours of programming,” including British soaps and other programs as soon as 24 hours after their broadcast in the UK, along with popular BBC and ITV series

To help viewers peruse its programming catalog, BritBox provides curated playlists across a range of genres. March’s featured playlist, “Iconic Detectives,” includes Joan Hickson in Miss Marple, John Thaw in Inspector Morse, and Jeremy Brett’s more traditional take on Sherlock Holmes. Other series include David Suchet (pictured here) in Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Early Cases, Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect, Suranne Jones in Scott & Bailey, Robbie Coltrane in Cracker, Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris in Rosemary and Thyme, Warren Clark in Dalziel & Pascoe, and the premiere of The Moonstone, based on Wilkie Collins’s novel.

Viewers looking for British comedy will find Are You Being Served?As Time Goes By and Keeping Up Appearances, all of which will be available exclusively on BritBox. Other comedies include Rowan Atkinson as Blackadder, Ricky Gervais in the original version of The Office, James Corden in Gavin & Stacey, John Cleese in Fawlty Towers, and Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley in Absolutely Fabulous.

In a more serious vein, BritBox offers Sharpe, an adventure series starring Game of Throne’s Sean Bean, as well as dramas including Upstairs Downstairs (both the original and recent versions), Brideshead Revisited, Desperate Romantics, Bleak House and the US premieres of New Blood and Tutankhamun. There will also be season premieres of dramas Cold Feet and Silent Witness.

Finally, for those who must have their daily soap fix, BritBox’s “Now” category serves up such series as EastEnders, Emmerdale, Holby City and Casualty as soon as 24 hours after their UK broadcasts.

BritBox, of course, isn’t the only subscription streaming service offering British programming. Acorn TV also offers shows from the commonwealth that were once American favorites on PBS and A&E.

You can view BritBox online at www.britbox.com.  It is, or is planned to be, available via AppleTV, iPhone, iPad, and Android mobile phones and tablets, as well as Roku and Chromecast.

For more information, visit britbox.com/about.

 

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