Britbox: Which TV shows and films feature on the the new streaming service from BBC and ITV?

Everything you need to know about the site that plans to tackle Netflix, Amazon and Apple TV+

Ellie Harrison
Thursday 07 November 2019 14:51
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The BBC and ITV have launched Britbox, a brand new streaming service to rival Netflix, Amazon and Apple TV+.

Britbox promises to play host to the largest collection of British TV content ever assembled in one place, including shows from Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as the BBC and ITV.

The platform will also stream new, original commissions featuring Britain’s biggest stars.

What is BritBox?

The UK-based pay streaming service is a joint venture between ITV and the BBC, providing access to both archived British TV shows and new programmes.

ITV's group director for streaming Reemah Sakaan said there was a "whole slate of original programmes" in development for BritBox.

"It's got the widest range of UK box sets of any service," she said. "Ostensibly, the other streamers are US-focused so they make dramas for the US market, whereas BritBox is the faces, people and places that you know."

When does it launch?

Britbox launched quietly in the UK on 7 November 2019.

It went live in the US back in 2017, and has 650,000 subscribers in North America.

Britbox is available to use on phones, tablets and computers as well as Chromecast, Apple TV and Roku.

How much does a Britbox subscription cost?

Britbox costs £5.99 per month at launch with a 30-day free trial, which is cheaper than Netflix’s standard plan.

What shows are on Britbox?

Downton Abbey, Gavin & Stacey, Wolf Hall, Love Island and Broadchurch are among the shows available on Britbox from the day of its launch.

The first show it will launch exclusively in the UK is Lambs of God, which stars Ann Dowd and Jessica Barden as nuns living on a remote island. In the future, Britbox aims to have around six original series per year.

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Dramas on the service at the time of its launch also included Cracker, Prime Suspect, Brideshead Revisited and Ashes to Ashes and comedies such as Absolutely Fabulous, Extras, Blackadder and Fawlty Towers.

More than 600 classic episodes of Doctor Who will be available to stream for the first time ever from Boxing Day.

TV series and films from Channel 4 and Film4's back catalogue will be available in 2020, and original shows from Comedy Central UK will also feature.

Will BritBox replace the networks’ existing catch-up services?

The BBC and ITV have previously said Britbox will not affect the way BBC iPlayer and the ITV Hub operate as the new service will not broadcast current or recently aired shows that appear on those existing sites.

Recent programmes are likely, therefore, to move on to BritBox only after they have been made available on catch-up sites.

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