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BritBox September 2020 highlights

London, August 25th: BritBox today announced content launching on the site in September 2020.

September offers a smorgasbord of choices for subscribers. The first twenty five Film4 titles will launch on the service on 17th September, with another twenty five added before the end of the year. Murder mystery enthusiasts also have cause for celebration as ‘Crime Scene’, a collection of true crime documentaries, whodunnits and more are showcased throughout the month. 

3rd September

Cold Courage - Premiering exclusively on BritBox

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Crime Documentaries 

A collection of thought-provoking documentaries including The Lockerbie Bombing, Peter Manuel: The End of Evil, Scotland’s Murder Mysteries, In Search of Burke and Hare, In Search of Bible John, Scottish Serial Killers and Fire in the Night which examines the Piper Alpha oil-rig fire disaster. The collection also features Madeleine McCann: Hunt for the Prime Suspect and Manhunt: The Raoul Moat Story.

Made in Chelsea Seasons 17-19 & Specials 

A further three seasons of the popular reality series, as well as the Made in Chelsea: NYC, Made in Chelsea LA, Made in Chelsea: South of France and Made in Chelsea: Croatia specials.

10th September

Blake’s 7 (1978)

All 52 episodes and four seasons of the cult British sci-fi show from the mind of Terry Nation. In the third century of the second calendar, after the chaos of the intergalactic wars, a powerful dictatorship has risen to dynamic proportions and engulfed most of the populated worlds. Liberty has become a crime punishable by death, and the majority of the population lives in a drug-induced state of docility. This tyrannical authority fulfils George Orwell's prophecy of 1984 to its most terrifying extremes. This government is known as the Federation. Each world has its share of rebels who either turned to crime or the Resistance. This is the story of one such group of rebels, led by a man named Blake. His group is largely composed of escaped convicts, thieves and smugglers, who are thrown together by chance.

The Avengers (1961)

The two complete surviving episodes of the first season, plus the iconic Emma Peel & Tara King seasons of the series starring Patrick MacNee, Diana Rigg & Linda Thorson as the incorrigible secret agents extraordinaire. Together they defeat criminal masterminds and solve unfathomable mysteries in the original cult TV classic.

Doctor Who and the Daleks (1965)

The first big screen spin-off from the television series featuring the infamous Daleks. Eccentric Earth inventor Doctor Who (Peter Cushing) is demonstrating his space/time craft, the TARDIS, to his niece's boyfriend, Ian (Roy Castle), when he manages to whisk them all off to the planet Skaro. There they encounter two races: the blue-skinned, peace-loving Thals, and the biomechanical Daleks.

Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150AD (1966)

The Earth of 2150 AD is a desolate and hostile ruin of a planet, crumbling at the edge of civilisation, slowly disappearing into the darkness of space. For the future of planet Earth now belongs to The Daleks, a destructive army of alien invaders who have turned the human race into cowering slaves.

Meanwhile deep within the London Underground a group of resistance freedom fighters are planning an attack. But there's only one man who could possibly help them succeed in destroying their extra-terrestrial enemies and take back control of planet Earth. A man of mystery, a man of time and space, a man known only as... The Doctor. Starring Peter Cushing. 

One Million Years BC (1966)

This spectacular prehistoric adventure was promoted as Hammer’s 100th production and gave the world the iconic image of star Raquel Welch in a fur-lined bikini. The highlight of the movie was the stop-motion dinosaurs that were subsequently added by legendary special effects animator Ray Harryhausen. The result was Hammer’s biggest commercial success, the most famous dinosaur epic until the release of Jurassic Park 26 years later.

Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

Hobbs End, Knightsbridge, London. Whilst working on a new subway tunnel for the London Underground, a group of construction workers uncover a strangely shaped skull amongst the rubble. Nearby is another discovery: a large, mysterious and impenetrable metal object. Initially mistaken for an unexploded bomb the origins of the object and its strange power are far more horrific and terrifying than anybody could have possibly imagined.  Is it of this Earth? Could it be the ancestral link to mankind’s evolution? Or could it be an ancient link to unleashing ultimate evil? There’s only one man capable of unravelling the clues, his name is Professor Bernard Quatermass, a man of science who thrives on the dark mysteries of the world, a man with answers.

The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

Nicolas Roeg directs this classic 70s sci-fi drama starring David Bowie as an alien who arrives on Earth in search of water to save his own dying planet. Assuming the name Thomas Jerome Newton, he soon forms a lucrative partnership with patent attorney Oliver Farnsworth (Buck Henry) by creating revolutionary products. As their business develops into a hugely successful financial empire, Thomas plans to use the profits to build a ship that will return him to his home world. However, while he waits for his ship to be ready, he begins to fall prey to earthly pleasures and failings.

Summer of Rockets (2019)

Set in the UK during the tumultuous summer of 1958, Summer Of Rockets follows Samuel Petrukhin, a Russian-born Jewish inventor and businessman, who is approached by MI5 about a secret mission. Following the Soviet’s launch of the first intercontinental ballistic missile, and the start of the Space Race, fear permeates the lives of all. Summer of Rockets stars Keeley Hawes and Toby Stephens.

Damned Seasons 1&2 (2014)

A social work bittersweet comedy series starring Jo Brand, Alan Davies, Kevin Eldon, Georgie Glen, Himesh Patel and Isy Suttie. 

Trust Me Seasons 1&2 (2017)

A series of gripping thrillers that expose the dark side of the people we trust to care for us - doctors. Each series features a brand new story and cast and explores a different, often unfamiliar world. When that trust breaks down, no-one is safe.Starring Jodie Whittaker, Blake Harrison and Sharon Small amongst others.

13th September

The Singapore Grip (2020) - all episodes made available on BritBox following 1st episode TX

The Singapore Grip is an epic story set during World War Two, centering on a British family living in Singapore at the time of the Japanese invasion.

Rubber merchant Walter Blackett, his wife Sylvia, ruthless daughter Joan and spoilt son Monty live a life of luxury, seemingly untouched by the troubles in Europe. With Walter’s business partner Mr Webb’s health failing, Walter needs to ensure that the future of their firm is secure. He decides that Webb’s son Matthew is the perfect match for Joan, and Joan is happy to agree, but Matthew’s idealism leaves Walter increasingly suspicious as Matthew himself falls under the spell of Vera Chiang, a mysterious Chinese refugee…

17th September 

Film4 Collection 

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Survivors (1975)

All three seasons of Terry Nation's acclaimed BBC science fiction drama in which 95% of the population have been wiped out by a freak plague, leaving the remaining survivors to rebuild civilisation.

Happy Valley Seasons 1&2 (2014) - Exclusive to BritBox

All 12 episodes from the BAFTA award-winning first two series of the BBC drama starring Sarah Lancashire as a police sergeant in a rural West Yorkshire valley. 

24th September 

Blandings Seasons 1&2 (2013)

Based on the celebrated P.G. Wodehouse stories of the 1920s and 30s, this sitcom is packed with wonderful comic creations. Timothy Spall stars as the amiable and befuddled Lord Emsworth, and Jennifer Saunders as his indomitable sister Connie. David Walliams and Mark Williams also feature.