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BritBox April 2021 Highlights

BritBox April 2021 Highlights

London, March 17th: BritBox today announced content launching on the service throughout April 2021. 

The next month on BritBox will feature an April Fool’s comedy collection to tickle funny bones across the nation. Highlights include an exclusive and extended version of the critically acclaimed second season of Staged,  starring David Tennant and Michael Sheen as well as eminent surprise guest stars. Ealing comedies including The Lavender Hill Mob, The Titfield Thunderbolt, and Kind Hearts and Coronets will also be added.

The streamer’s extended film collection will also feature the multiple Academy Award-winning 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Benedict Cumberbatch from April 1st. 

1st April

Staged Series 2: Extended Edition Exclusive to BritBox 

The critically acclaimed series, written and directed by Simon Evans, produced and co-created by Phin Glynn, and starring David Tennant (Good Omens, Doctor Who) and Michael Sheen (Good  Omens, Masters of Sex) was filmed entirely throughout the UK’s lockdowns. Absurd and humorous in equal measure the series also stars Georgia Tennant, Anna Lundberg and Lucy Eaton, as well as eminent surprise guest stars. Each BritBox episode will feature an additional 7 minutes of material in comparison to the versions broadcast. 

It’s Tommy Cooper (1969-1971)

Tommy Cooper's series for London Weekend followed hot on the heels of his phenomenally successful three-year-run of Life With Cooper and set him firmly on the path to television superstardom through the 1970s and beyond. Featuring all 11 episodes of London Weekend Television series.

League of Gentlemen Live Again! (2018)

The League of Gentlemen return to the stage with their live show. The tour features Bafta Award-winning comedy legends Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton, Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson, bringing their deliciously dark and unhinged fictional village of Royston Vasey to theatres and arenas across the country. 

Men Behaving Badly (1992-1998)

All six seasons of the sitcom which follows the misadventures of laddish flatmates Gary and Tony. Starring Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey. 

Film Collection

Comedy additions to the film collection this month include Alan Patridge: Alpha Papa (2013), Clockwise (1986) starring John Cleese, Gregory’s Two Girls (1999) starring John Gordon Sinclair, Hear My Song (1991) starring Adrian Dunbar, God On The Rocks (1990) starring Bill Patterson and Minnie Driver and I’m All Right Jack (1959) starring Peter Sellers and Richard Attenborough. Ealing comedies The Titfield Thunderbolt (1953), The Lavender Hill Mob (1951), The Man in the White Suit (1951), Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949) and Whisky Galore (1949) will also be added. 

12 Years a Slave (2013) will debut on the service, alongside dramas Hampstead (2017) starring  Brendan Gleeson, Lesley Manville & Jason Watkins, Another Time, Another Place (1983) starring Downton Abbey's Phyllis Logan, and Comrades (1986) starring Keith Allen and Vanessa Redgrave. New thrillers added to the service include Shopping (1994), the debut film from director Paul WS Anderson starring Jude Law, and The Disappearance of Harry (1982) starring Annette Crosby. 

8th April

Man Stroke Woman (2005-2007)

Comedy sketch show featuring the talents of Amanda Abbington, Daisy Haggard, Meredith MacNeill, Ben Crompton, Nick Burns and Nick Frost.

Indian Summers Series 1&2 (2015-2016)

As Indian Summers begins, the stories of promises, secrets, politics, power, sex and love play out as the British Raj begins to falter and a nation opens its eyes to the possibilities of freedom...Starring Julie Walters, Jemima West and Henry Lloyd-Hughes.

Real Housewives of Jersey (2020)

Reality series following the lifestyles of Jersey's biggest characters, bringing fun, laughter, fall-outs and, of course, plenty of glitz.

Birds of a Feather Series 10 & 11 (2014) 

The most recent two seasons of the popular sitcom Starring Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. 

McDonald & Dodds Series 2, Episodes 1 & 2 (2021)

The first two episodes of the second season of the popular detective drama starring Jason Watkins and Tala Gouveia. 

15th April

The Nest (2020)

A couple find out how far they are willing to go to have a baby. Emotional thriller about love, trust and the true cost of buying whatever you want. Starring Fiona Bell, Christine Bottomley and Martin Compston.

Friday Night Dinner Series 6 (2020)

In series six of this popular sitcom Dad has some strange obsessions, Mum can't contain herself when the boys get new 'females', Horrible Grandma wreaks more havoc - and Jim gets a new dog.

Diana: The Interview that Shook the World (2020)

On 20th November, 1995, BBC Panorama broadcast the scoop of the century. A candid interview with Princess Diana in which she broke every protocol to expose traumas and scandal of life in the royal household.

25 years later, this film looks at how the broadcasting event of the century was orchestrated, what the interview revealed about modern society and new insights into the psychological portrait of Diana herself, a naïve young woman who believed in the fairy-tale of her marriage only to lose her sense of self in its realities.

Robin Hood (2006 - 2009)

Back from the crusades, Robin Hood squares up to the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham. Wisecracks, romance and swashbuckling adventures in the fight for good. Starring Jonas Armstrong, Gordon Kennedy and Sam Troughton. 

Agatha Christie: 100 Years of Poirot and Miss Marple (2020) 

To mark the centenary of the publication of Agatha Christie's debut novel, a celebration of ten of her most beloved stories.

22nd April 

Noughts + Crosses (2020)

In a dystopian London, Sephy and Callum fall in love despite the odds. Can they breach the divide between the black elite and white underclass? Based on Malorie Blackman's novels. Starring  Masali Baduza, Jack Rowan and Jonathan Ajayi.

Kidnap & Ransom (2010-2012)

Trevor Eve is international hostage negotiator Dominic King in this thriller, alongside John Hannah, Helen Baxendale, Natasha Little and Emma Fielding.  

The Planets (2019)

Professor Brian Cox explores the dramatic lives of the eight majestic planets/worlds that make up our solar system.

The Adam & Joe Show (1996-2001)

All four series of the hilarious and irreverent comedy from award-winning duo Adam Buxton and Joe Cornish.

McQueen (2018)

‘Lee’ Alexander McQueen’s rags-to-riches story is a modern-day fairy tale laced with the gothic. An unremarkable working-class boy from east London, McQueen harnessed his demons and went on to become a global one-man fashion brand and one of the most iconic artists of the century.

Centre Stage 

This collection has been expanded with the addition of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats (1998), Jesus Christ Superstar (2012), Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2000) and The Phantom of the Opera at the Royal Albert Hall. Performances of Billy Elliot (2014) and the 25th anniversary performance of Miss Saigon (2016) will also be added alongside concert film Roger Waters: The Wall (2015). 

29th April

Grace (2021)

Acclaimed screenwriter and Endeavour creator, Russell Lewis, has adapted international bestseller Peter James’, Dead Simple, his debut novel from the award-winning Roy Grace series. John Simm takes the lead role of the tenacious detective.

Mister Winner (2020)

Sitcom following ironically named Leslie Winner, who, despite all his best intentions, is forever finding himself in disastrous situations. Starring Spencer Jones, Lucy Pearman and Shaun Williamson.

Unforgotten Series 4 (2021)

The latest season of the British crime drama centered around a historical crime, unravelling secrets left buried for years. The programme follows two London detectives DCI Cassie Stuart and DI Sunny Khan, as they work to solve cases involving disappearances and murders. Starring Nicola Walker and Sanjeev Bhaskar.

Widows Complete Series (1983-1985)

Dolly Rawlins, Linda Perelli and Shirley Miller have one thing in common; their husbands are all members of the same gang. After a terrible accident when their husbands are killed attempting to hold up a security van, each woman has the chance to stop, take stock and start life afresh. However, when Dolly finds the plans for the robbery it begs the question; suppose they were to finish what their husbands started? Starring Ann Mitchell, Fiona Hendley and Kate Williams. 

WW1: The Final Hours (2018)

One hundred years after the end of the First World War, this documentary uncovers the extraordinary events leading up to the Armistice negotiations, and the repercussions that would ripple across the continent, and throughout the 20th century - sometimes with catastrophic consequences. 

Bergerac Series 1 & 2 (1981-1983)

John Nettles stars as the eponymous detective in the police drama series set in Jersey.

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About BritBox

BritBox is a digital video subscription service created by the BBC and ITV. The service brings the very best in past, present and future British programming and award-winning content to viewers all in one place for £5.99 per month in HD. British TV boxsets from All 4 and British films from Film 4 are also available. The service includes high quality factual and entertainment content from Channel 5 plus original British comedies from Comedy Central UK. BritBox features the biggest collection of British content available on any streaming service, and brand new commissions for British production companies specifically created for BritBox. BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that will enable viewers to easily find programmes they know and discover new favourites  via web, mobile, tablet, connected TVs and streaming devices including Fire TV, Apple TV, Freesat & Chromecast. Content on BritBox can be downloaded and viewed offline where rights allow.