What’s coming soon to BritBox in August 2021?
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From Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy to The Third Man, BritBox is bulking out its film collection this August, with a host of Agatha Christie mysteries adding to the big screen glamour. But it’s the TV box sets where BritBox really shines this month, from the hilarious Murder in Successville and gripping This Is England ’86 to sci-fi favourites Being Human and The Sarah Jane Adventures .
Here’s what’s coming soon to BritBox UK in August 2021:
The Madness of King George (1994) – 1st August
When King George III goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation. Starring Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren and Rupert Graves.
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) – 1st August
In the bleak days of the Cold War, espionage veteran George Smiley is forced from semi-retirement to uncover a Soviet Agent within MI6. Starring Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy and Colin Firth.
The Imitation Game (2014) – 1st August
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Kiera Knightley and Matthew Goode.
The Third Man (1949) – 1st August
Pulp novelist Holly Martins travels to shadowy, postwar Vienna, only to find himself investigating the mysterious death of an old friend, Harry Lime. Starring Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten and Alida Valli.
The Elephant Man (1980) – 1st August
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of kindness, intelligence and sophistication. Starring Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft.
Brighton Rock (1948) – 1st August
In Brighton in 1935, small-time gang leader Pinkie Brown murders a journalist and later desperately tries to cover his tracks but runs into trouble with the police, a few witnesses and a rival gang. Starring Richard Attenborough, Hermione Baddeley and William Hartnell.
Withnail & I (1987) – 1st August
In 1969, two substance-abusing, unemployed actors retreat to the countryside for a holiday that proves disastrous. Starring Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann and Richard Griffiths.
Murder on the Orient Express (1974) – 1st August
In December 1935, when his train is stopped by deep snow, detective Hercule Poirot is called on to solve a murder that occurred in his car the night before. Starring Albert Finney, Laura Bacall and Ingrid Bergman.
Death on the Nile (1978) – 1st August
As Hercule Poirot enjoys a luxurious cruise down the Nile, a newlywed heiress is found murdered on board. Can Poirot identify the killer before the ship reaches the end of its journey? Starring Peter Ustinov, Mia Farrow and Simon MacCorkindale.
Evil under the Sun (1982) – 1st August
Trying to find how a millionaire wound up with a phoney diamond brings Hercule Poirot to an exclusive island resort frequented by the rich and famous. When a murder is committed, everyone has an alibi. Starring Peter Ustinov, James Mason and Maggie Smith.
Before We Die: Season 1 (2021) – 5th August
Detective Hannah Laing becomes deeply conflicted when she discovers her son is playing a crucial role as an undercover informant in a brutal murder investigation. Starring Lesley Sharp and Patrick Gibson.
Blackpool: Season 1 – 5th August
Soon after local entrepreneur Ripley Holden (David Morrissey) opens his arcade in his beloved home town of Blackpool, a murder investigation makes tears at the fabric of his personal and professional lives.
Case Histories: Season 1 to 2 – 5th August
Detective drama series based on the novels by Kate Atkinson, Jackson Brodie (Harry Potter, Star Trek: Discovery) portrays a private investigator who is compelled to bring peace to victims and their families, all whilst battling with a traumatic past. Also starring Amanda Abbington (Sherlock).
Murder in Successville: Season 1 to 3 – 5th August
Successville is a surreal place with a high celebrity homicide count. DI Sleet enlists the help of a genuine celebrity sidekick to solve the latest high-profile murder.
Upstart Crow: Season 1 and 2 – 12th August
Satirical Blackadderesque sitcom about how friends, family, historical circumstances, and his arch-rival Robert Greene, who first coined the derogatory term “upstart crow”, influenced William Shakespeare to write his famous plays. Starring David Mitchell and Gemma Whelan.
This is England ‘86 (2010) – 12th August
Miniseries starring Joe Gilgun and Thomas Turgoose. Shaun has just finished his final exams and he realizes he is no longer a kid. It’s mid 80’s England, and the gang are back, looking for a laugh, a job and something that resembles a future.
A Very British Coup (1988) – 12th August
Based on the novel by Chris Mullin, this political thriller stars Ray McAnally as the newly elected left-wing prime minister Harry Perkins, who soon finds himself up to his neck in conspiracy
Being Human: Season 1 to 5 – 19th August
Supernatural comedy-drama series about three twenty-something housemates trying to live normal lives, despite struggling with unusual afflictions – one is a werewolf, one is a vampire and the other is a ghost.
Primeval: Season 1 to 2 – 19th August
When strange anomalies start to appear all over England, Professor Cutter and his team must track down and capture all sorts of dangerous prehistoric creatures from Earth’s distant past and near future. Starring Ben Miller and Andrew Lee-Potts.
The Sarah Jane Adventures: Season 1 to 5 – 19th August
From creator Russell T. Davies, starring Elisabeth Sladen. Investigative journalist Sarah Jane Smith, with the help of her adopted son, his friends, and an intelligent supercomputer, combats evil alien forces here on Earth.
Terrahawks: Season 1 to 3 – 19th August
From creators Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr. The missions of a planetary defence organization dedicated to protecting Earth from a Martian menace.
The Living and the Dead: Season 1 – 19th August
Drama series starring Colin Morgan and Charlotte Spencer. When a young couple inherit a farm, they are determined to turn it into a success, but strange supernatural forces soon intervene, threatening their marriage and their lives.
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006) – 19th August
Drama series about a supermarket manager who decides to stand for election. Ros Pritchard steadily gains support, giving rise to thoughts of becoming Prime Minister. Starring Jane Horrocks and Carey Mulligan.
London’s Burning: Season 1 to 2 – 26th August
Series centred around the members of the Blue Watch team at a London fire station. The team of dedicated professionals are united by common danger and shared camaraderie.
Houdini & Doyle (2016) – 26th August
Supernatural crime drama featuring Harry Houdini (Michael Weston) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Stephen Mangan). After having worked independently with Scotland Yard over the years, the pair begrudgingly join forces to solve unusual crimes, and often come into disagreement as to whether the causes of death are natural or supernatural.
The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret: Season 1 to 3 – 26th August
Todd Margaret is an American who takes a job running the London sales team for an energy drink. He has no experience with British culture, knows nothing about sales and has only one employee, Dave. Starring David Cross, Sharon Horgan and Will Arnett.