BBC Studios and ITV have announced the BritBox August 2022 titles, which include everything from new BritBox Originals to classic British fare. BritBox is a digital video subscription service offering the largest collection of British TV in the U.S. and Canada.
The BritBox August 2022 schedule includes the premiere of The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe, a shocking series starring Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, Sherlock Holmes) that pulls the curtain back on a true story of how a man faked his death to fraudulently collect his life insurance payout and avoid bankruptcy.
The BritBox August 2022 lineup also includes the visually striking docuseries Reel Britannia, which unpacks the secret behind-the-scenes history of British cinema from the 1960s to the present day.
McDonald & Dodds, starring Jason Watkins (The Crown, Hold the Sunset) and Tala Gouveia, makes its highly-anticipated return with a third season. Featuring contemporary crime stories told with warmth and humor, the series follows this mismatched duo as they investigate crimes in Britain’s historic city of Bath.
For those looking for familiar favorites this summer, the service will also be adding popular “Brit Flicks” leading up to the release of Reel Britannia, including Pride and Prejudice (2005) starring Keira Knightley and Matthew Macfadyen and hilarious performances from Rowan Atkinson as Mr. Bean in Bean: The Movie and Mr. Bean’s Holiday.
BritBox is available for $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year — after an introductory free trial period — on Roku, Amazon Fire TV stick, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG, and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online at BritBox.com.
BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels on supported devices.
Created by two British content powerhouses — BBC Studios, the subsidiary arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster — the service features iconic favorites, exclusive premieres, and current series and soaps – most available within 24 hours after their UK premiere.
BRITBOX AUGUST 2022 SCHEDULE
August 5, 2022: Extras | New to BritBox | 12 X 30, 1 X 80
Created by and starring Golden Globes and BAFTA winners Ricky Gervais (The Office, The Invention of Lying) and Stephen Merchant (The Barking Murders, The Office), this comedy series is based around the mundane tedium of life as a lowly supporting artist. Bitter, grumpy, sarcastic actor Andy Millman (Ricky Gervais) gave up his day job five years ago in the hope of achieving fame and fortune.
So far, he’s yet to land a speaking part, let alone saunter down the red carpet to pick up a BAFTA. He remains optimistic, however, as rubbing shoulders with the A-list on set only serves to reinforce his belief that the big time is just a job or two away. If only his agents weren’t so stupendously useless.
Andy and their best friend Maggie (Ashley Jensen, Ugly Betty, The Lobster), also a bit-part actor of little repute, can usually be found in the green room swigging coffee, bitching about their peers, or whining about their lot in life. Either that or Andy is ingratiating himself with the latest producer in the hope of getting a line to deliver, while hopeless romantic Maggie falls head over heels in love again.
August 7, 2022: Reel Britannia | BritBox Original, North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 3 X 60, 1 X 80
It is a bold, ambitious, and visually striking docu-series that tells the colorful and far-reaching story of modern British cinema in all of its vibrancy. Decade by decade from 1960, Reel Britannia combs through how cinema held a broken mirror up to society to reflect on the youth revolution of the 1960s, the grit of the 1970s, the social divide of the 1980s, the new hope of the 1990s and the social disillusionment of the 00s.
The series creates a unique portrait of British Cinema and tells the secret behind-the-scenes history and wild stories of one of our greatest art forms. From Ken Loach’s Poor Cow, Tony Richardson’s A Taste of Honey, and Horace Ove and Earl Cameron’s emergence as early Black film talents in the 60s to British Asian cinema scaping the mainstream in the 2000s in the backdrop of Tony Blair’s government, Reel Britannia examine the British society, culture and beliefs through the lens of cinema.
August 16, 2022: McDonald & Dodds Season 3 | BritBox Original, North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 3 X 120 | Airs Weekly
They’re back! McDonald & Dodds, starring Jason Watkins (The Crown, Hold the Sunset) and Tala Gouveia (Click & Collect, Cold Feet) return for a third season of cozy mysteries. Highly ambitious DCI McDonald (Gouveia) and her unlikely veteran partner, DS Dodds (Watkins), put their differences aside to tackle crime at the very heart of the seemingly sleepy Avon Valley.
This season, the pair is called to investigate the mysterious deaths of a young woman, a famous Formula 1 driver, and a wealthy businessman.
August 23, 2022: The Thief, His Wife and the Canoe | BritBox Original, North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 4 X 60
Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, Sherlock Holmes) stars in this four-part BritBox Original series, adapting the real-life story of John Darwin, a former teacher and prison officer who faked his death in 2002 to fraudulently collect his life insurance payout and avoid bankruptcy. His wife (Monica Dolan, W1A, Eye in the Sky) playing the grieving widow while police investigated his disappearance, their sons had no idea that their father was actually hiding in an apartment in the house next door.
This gripping and surprising true crime series is told through Anne Darwin’s eyes. We delve deep into a woman who appears to be under her husband’s control and who argued at trial she had been coerced to go along with it all. Was she to blame for her part in her husband’s absurd scheme?
BRIT FLICKS COLLECTION
August 1, 2022: Pride and Prejudice (2005) | New to BritBox | 1 X 129
This tale of love and values unfolds in the class-conscious England of the late eighteenth century. The five Bennet sisters – including strong-willed Elizabeth (Keira Knightley, Love Actually, Pirates of the Caribbean) and shy Jane (Rosamund Pike, Love in a Cold Climate, Gone Girl) – have been raised by their mother with one purpose in life: finding a husband.
When a wealthy bachelor takes up residence in a nearby mansion, the Bennets are abuzz. Amongst the man’s sophisticated circle of friends, surely there will be no shortage of suitors for the Bennet sisters. But when Elizabeth meets up with the handsome and seemingly snobbish Mr. Darcy (Matthew Macfadyen, Succession, Death at a Funeral), the battle of the sexes is joined.
August 1, 2022: Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover | New to BritBox | 1 X 124
At Le Hollandais, the gourmet restaurant is filled with opulence, decadence, and gluttony every night. But when the cook, a thief, his wife, and her lover all come together, they unleash a shocking torrent of sex, food, murder, and revenge. When churlish mobster Albert Spica (Michael Gambon, The Harry Potter series) acquires an upscale French restaurant in London, he dines there nightly, effectively scaring off the clientele with his bad manners.
His wife, Georgina (Helen Mirren, Prime Suspect, The Queen), is especially disgusted by him and soon begins an affair with another restaurant guest, Michael (Alan Howard, The Lord of the Rings, Victim). Despite their efforts to keep it a secret, however, Spica finds out about their trysts, and he plans to exact a terrible revenge.
August 1, 2022: About A Boy| New to BritBox | 1 X 101
It is a comedy-drama starring Hugh Grant (Love Actually, Notting Hill) as Will, a rich, child-free, and irresponsible Londoner in his thirties who, in search of available women, invents an imaginary son and starts attending single-parent meetings. As a result of one of his liaisons, he meets Marcus (Nicholas Hoult, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Great), an odd 12-year-old boy with problems at school.
Gradually, Will and Marcus become friends, and as Will teaches Marcus how to be a cool kid, Marcus finally helps Will grow up. The movie also stars Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, The Hours).
August 1, 2022: Bean: The Movie | New to BritBox | 1 X 89
Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson, Mr.Bean, Johnny English) is an eccentric caretaker working for the British National Gallery in London, England. He is going to get fired by the museum’s board of directors because he doesn’t do his job, and all he does is sleep.
But the board instead decides to send Mr. Bean to Los Angeles, where David Langley (Peter MacNicol, Sophie’s Choice, Ally McBeal), curator of a museum in downtown Los Angeles, has requested that the board of directors of the British National Gallery sends an art scholar to talk about their latest purchase, the famous painting “Whistler’s Mother” which military officer General Newton (Burt Reynolds, Boogie Nights, Deliverance) has donated to the museum, at an opening conference.
But Mr. Bean’s arrival in Los Angeles causes mayhem, as David invites Mr. Bean to stay with his family, which causes problems for David’s marriage. But Mr. Bean doesn’t know anything about paintings, and although they think he is a brilliant, eccentric art scholar, he really isn’t the right man to protect the painting as his behavior also threatens it.
August 1, 2022: Monty Python’s Meaning of Life| New to BritBox | 1 X 107
From the miracle of birth to death and everything in between, the hilarious British Monty Python troupe attempts to shed light on the significance of existence and the perpetually unanswered questions that torment us all. Through a seven-part series of skits, fundamental parts of our lives, such as organized religion, sex education, philosophy, accountancy, contraception, and the joys of having a penis, all get the unapologetic Pythonesque treatment.
However, as the boys leave no stone unturned to unearth one’s purpose in this mortal world, a puzzling and penetratingly metaphysical question remains. In the end, what is the meaning of life?
August 1, 2022: Mr. Bean’s Holiday | New to BritBox | 1 X 89
Much to his delight, the clumsy but mainly well-intentioned Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson, Mr. Bean, Johnny English), wins a trip to the South of France at the picturesque French Riviera, after entering a church fundraiser. Without delay, the loveable man-child Londoner sets off for a relaxing holiday at the sunny beaches of Cannes equipped with a brand-new video camera; however, it is not before long when Bean’s dreamy vacations will turn into an odyssey of unforeseen consequences.
Inevitably, on his journey across France to finally get to the beach, disaster will follow, but who knows what will happen when Mr Bean’s wild adventure ends up at the renowned Cannes Film Festival. Will Bean catch a glimpse of the sea?
August 1, 2022: The Constant Gardener | New to BritBox | 1 X 129
In a remote area of Northern Kenya, activist Tessa Quayle (Rachel Weisz, Black Widow, The Lobster) is found brutally murdered. Tessa’s companion, a doctor, appears to have fled the scene, and the evidence points to a crime of passion. Members of the British High Commission in Nairobi assume that Tessa’s widower, their mild-mannered and unambitious colleague Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Schindler’s List), will leave the matter to them.
They could not be more wrong. Haunted by remorse and jarred by rumors of his late wife’s infidelities, Quayle surprises everyone by embarking on a personal odyssey that will take him across three continents. Using his privileged access to diplomatic secrets, he will risk his own life, stopping at nothing to uncover and expose the truth – a conspiracy more far-reaching and deadly than Quayle could ever have imagined.
August 1, 2022: The Ipcress File| New to BritBox | 1 X 109
A counter-espionage Agent deals with his own bureaucracy while investigating the kidnapping and brainwashing of British scientists in London. Tasked with investigating the kidnappings and brainwashed reappearances of top scientists, including Dr. Radcliffe (Aubrey Richards, Doctor Who, Endless Night), the insubordinate British spy Harry Palmer (Michael Caine, The Dark Knight, The Prestige) navigates his way through criminals, secret agents, and his superiors.
While attempting to bring in the suspect Bluejay (Frank Gatliff, Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple, Microbes and Men), Palmer discovers a mysterious audiotape labeled “IPCRESS,” an inconspicuous but ominous piece of evidence.
Mirko Parlevliet has been reporting on the entertainment industry since 1998 and founded Vital Thrills in 2018 to cover the latest streaming, movie, TV, and video game news. Mirko previously created the websites ComingSoon, Spider-Man Hype!, SuperHeroHype, and ShockTillYouDrop.