BritBox Unveils What’s Coming to the Streamer in July 2020
BritBox, the subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV offering the biggest collection of streaming British television in North America, has unveiled its July slate! Next month, BritBox will kick off its first-ever “Mystery Month,” celebrating decades of crime-solving detectives with a line-up of iconic British mysteries.
The festivities will kick off with teh debut of all-new exclusive weekly episodes of Father Brown. In addition, BritBox will bring the critically acclaimed series The Fall, starring Emmy and Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson, while completing its collection of Taggart, the longest-running UK mystery of all time.
Available July 1
Father Brown Season 8 Episodes 1 & 2 (BritBox Exclusive, North American Premiere)
Everyone’s favorite priest returns to solve more mysteries in the sleepy Cotswold village of Kembleford.
A mysterious saboteur tries to stop the Kembleford Choristers from winning the Three Counties Choir competition. Suspicion immediately falls on the rival choir, the Hambleston Harmonisers. The Kembleford Choristers race against time to get to the competition before they are disqualified, all while Father Brown works to discover who is out to get them.
Available July 3
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher (New To BritBox)
BAFTA Winner Paddy Considine (Bourne Ultimatum, Peaky Blinders) stars in the title role of the British film series written by Helen Edmunson (An Inspector Calls) and Neil McKay (Isolation Stories).
The Murder at Road Hill House (New To BritBox)
Set in 1860, this gripping true story of murder, psychological suspense, and courtroom drama is based on Kate Summerscale’s best-selling factual novel.
The Murder on Angel Lane (New To BritBox)
The real-life detective is back with a new case at hand, and this time, he’s up against the most powerful and wealthy figures.
Beyond The Pale (New To BritBox)
The gripping mystery returns as Jack Whicher investigates a case in which past indiscretions and dangerous secrets threaten to tear a family asunder.
The Ties That Bind (New To BritBox)
A divorce case involving a landowner and his young wife spirals into something darker, drawing Whicher into the heart of the English countryside where he uncovers the most disturbing and destructive of secrets.
Available July 7
An Inspector Calls (New To BritBox, Exclusive)
Emotionally powerful and sharply relevant, this is a stylish new adaptation of JB Priestley’s timeless masterpiece directed by Aisling Walsh (Wallander). An Inspector Calls is both an enthralling mystery and a scathing critique of a hypocritical social inequality. Taking place over the course of a single night, this taut, affecting and ultimately tragic story centers on the prosperous Birling family.
Father Brown S8 Episodes 3 & 4 (BritBox Exclusive, North American Premiere)
Things look bad for Bunty when she is charged with the murder of Teddy Neville-Crowley following an altercation at a Great Gatsby-themed party on his estate. Mrs. McCarthy is dumbfounded, but when Father Brown goes about trying to establish the facts he is met with resistance from Inspector Mallory. Bunty’s fate lies in the hands of her defense barrister Bertie Quinton – but following a poor performance from Bertie, it looks like the jury and Judge Pickering may send Bunty to the gallows. Can Father Brown find the evidence to prove Bunty’s innocence before it’s too late?
Available July 10
Doctor Blake Mysteries S1-3
Dr. Lucien Blake left Ballarat as a young man. But now he finds himself returning, to take over not only his dead father’s medical practice but also his on-call role as the town’s police surgeon.
Available July 14
Father Brown S8 Episode 5 & 6 (BritBox Exclusive, North American Premiere)
After a mysterious thief keeps stealing valuable treasures from under his nose, Hercule Flambeau visits Kembleford to see if Father Brown can help him to eliminate the competition. Flambeau reveals that his new rival is in fact his estranged daughter Marianne Delacroix. Seeing the opportunity to save a soul, Father Brown agrees to help Flambeau find her.
Tartan Noir (BritBox Event)
Tartan Noir has made its name with the grimmest portrayal of Scotland, may it be the body-littering street or the bleak backdrop against the gray sky. On this gloom land awash with serial killers and career criminals, we can always count on some of the most relentless and adroit coppers out round-the-clock striving for justice for the dead. We celebrate this genre with the critically acclaimed series Shetland, Stonemouth and the following titles:
Taggart S12-27 (New To BritBox)
The longest-running Crime TV series in the world comes to and is famous for its dark, realistic, and gritty storylines. The series revolves around a group of detectives, initially in the Maryhill CID of Strathclyde Police, though various storylines were set and shot in other parts of Greater Glasgow and in other areas of Scotland. DCI (Detective Chief Inspector) Jim Taggart, played by Mark McManus (until his death in 1995) is the procedural’s main protagonist. Taggart and his team operate out of the fictional John Street police station and investigate gruesome murders against the bleak backdrop of the city of Glasgow.
Available July 17
Rebus S1 (New To BritBox)
Based in Edinburgh, Detective Inspector Rebus is tough and street-savvy with a great sense of humor and a taste for romance. Although battling with problems in his personal life, Rebus tackles crimes that lead to the revelations of his mysterious past, fighting weaknesses as well as dealing with the consequences of human frailty. From small-time criminals to haunted cases from the past, Rebus’s investigations lead him through the city’s ancient beauty and into its more sinister quarters.
Available July 21
Father Brown S8 Episode 7 & 8 (BritBox Exclusive, North American Premiere)
Sid returns to Kembleford to ask his old family to help save his new one.
Available July 21
She-Dunnit: Agatha Christie & Her Legacy (BritBox Event)
She has been called many names, ‘Queen of Crime’ is the one that sticks to describe the un-measurable legacy Agatha Christie has left behind creating timeless characters from the mustachioed Belgian sleuth Poirot to the coolest elderly spinster Marple. The most widely read novelist in history, Christie has brought the ‘whodunit’ genre into a modern age. She has certainly dun-it (done it) and more! BritBox celebrates her long and remarkable career with an array of mysteries titles:
Miss Marple Remastered (BritBox Exclusive)
Elderly spinster has never looked so cool in this remastered version! Joan Hickson (Great Expectations) stars and continues her reign as the grande dame of the genre and Agatha Christie’s personal pick for the much-beloved sleuth, Miss Marple.
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Radio Version (New to BritBox)
When the Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot retires to the country to grow vegetable marrows, he soon discovers that someone has planted the seeds of treachery… and of murder. Orson Welles adapted the novel as a one-hour radio play for the 12 November 1939 episode of The Campbell Playhouse (a live CBS radio drama series in the late 30s). Welles played both Dr. Sheppard and Hercule Poirot. The rare play was written by Herman J. Mankiewicz (Citizen Kane), produced by Welles and John Houseman, and directed by Welles, marking the first Agatha Christie adaptation for an American audience.
Evil Under The Sun (New to BritBox)
Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phony diamond brings Hercule Poirot (Sir Peter Ustinov) to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi. Two time Oscar winner Dame Maggie Smith (Downton Abbey) stars as Jane Castle.
The Mirror Crack’d (New to BritBox)
Miss Jane Marple played by Dame Angela Lansbury (Murder She Wrote), comes to solve the mystery when a local woman is poisoned and a visiting movie star seems to have been the intended victim. The cast also includes Elizabeth Taylor and Rock Hudson.
Unfinished Portrait: The Life of Agatha Christie
The first bio-film of the World’s Best Selling author, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, and the creator of Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot unravels the mysterious life of Agatha Christie and her shared obsession with murder. BAFTA Nominee Joan Hickson narrates.
Agatha Christie’s Poirot
BAFTA Nominee David Suchet (Press, Doctor Who) shines in his signature role as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot – the super-sleuth who, with an expertly twirled mustache and a theatrical flair, solves murders with penetrating perception and no small amount of self-regard. Set in a beautiful stately home in the war-torn England of 1917, Hercule Poirot was introduced in Agatha Christie’s first published book.
Available July 24
Best In Paradise (BritBox Original, Exclusive North American Premiere)
The sun, the sand, and the most impossible murders are all packed in this lighthearted whodunit series set on the beautiful Caribbean island of Saint Marie. In this exclusive BritBox interview, cast members Kris Marshall (Sanditon, Love Actually), Josephine Jobert, Don Warrington (Holby City), and Tobi Bakare (Kingsman, Silent Witness) share with us their favorite episodes.
Available July 26
Red Dwarf: The Promised Land (BritBox Original, Exclusive North American Premiere)
This brand new special begins three million years ago, when David Lister (Craig Charles) was put in suspended animation for smuggling his pregnant cat aboard the mining ship Red Dwarf. While Lister remained in stasis, a radiation leak killed the crew – but not his cat. Safely sealed in the hold, his cat’s litter bred, evolving over millions of years into humanoid form. They now roam deep space in a fleet of their own. In this special, Lister, Rimmer (Chris Barrie), Cat (Danny John-Jules) and Kryten (Robert Llewellyn) meet three of these cats who worship Lister as their God. Lister vows to help them flee from Rodon, a ruthless feral cat and self-declared Cat King.
Available July 28
Father Brown S8 Episode 9 & 10 ( BritBox Exclusive, North American Premiere)
A gossip columnist is murdered after threatening to expose the secrets of a fashion house and Father Brown investigates two peculiar deaths that happened on the grounds of a family tower.
The Fall 1-3 (New To BritBox)
In her first lead role in an investigative series since The X Files, Gillian Anderson brings the same intelligence and depth of character to her portrayal of Stella Gibson, a successful, highly driven homicide detective. Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Gray) stars as Paul Spector, the ruthless serial predator she seeks.
Available July 31
River (New To BritBox)
Award winner Stellan Skarsgard (Chernobyl, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo) stars as John River, the brilliant police officer whose genius and faultline is the fragility of his mind. Adrift in a London full of other exiled souls, River’s own isolation helps him connect with the troubled victims who crash into his world and to see the truth in ways his colleagues are drawn to admire and question, in equal measure. But as his long-held defenses are eroded by love and loss, River is torn between the living and the dead. Will he have to choose once and for all? The cast also includes Lesley Manville (Mum, Harlots), Nicola Walker (MI-5), and Adeel Akhtar (Utopia).
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