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BritBox December 2020 Lineup Brings Largest Collection of British Dramas

BBC Studios and ITV have announced the BritBox December 2020 titles, which include everything from new BritBox Originals to classic British fare. BritBox is the biggest collection of streaming British television in North America.

Featuring one or more period dramas everyday throughout the month, BritBox’s already impressive collection of the genre is expanding to include award-winning titles.

The BritBox December 2020 titles include Tess of the d’Urbervilles and Great Expectations, starring Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson (The Fall, The Crown) and BAFTA nominee David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot, David Suchet on the Orient Express).

Also premiering this month is Lennon’s Last Weekend, a documentary revealing the last-ever interview with John Lennon. In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the music legend’s tragic assassination, the documentary features the last in person interview John Lennon ever gave before his passing for the BBC.

The Britbox December 2020 Listings

December 1, 2020: North & South (2004) | New to BritBox | 4 X 60
A powerful adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s feisty and passionate love story starring Richard Armitage (The Hobbit, MI-5) and Daniela Denby-Ashe (Mum, Waterloo Road) set in the changing world of Victorian industrial society. Margaret Hale is one of literature’s most original heroines: a southerner from a country vicarage newly settled in the industrial northern town of Milton. In the shock of her move, she misjudges charismatic cotton mill-owner John Thornton, whose strength of purpose and passion are a match for her own pride and willfulness.

December 3, 2020: The Body Farm | New to BritBox | 6 X 50
A spin-off from Waking the Dead, this procedural crime series follows a team of forensic scientists who have traded in the world of academia for the brutal world of criminal forensics. Following budget cuts, the team, led by Eve Lockhart (Tara Fitzgerald, Jane Eyre, Game of Thrones) partners up with a London Cold Case unit to perform research into the many ways murder can be committed and concealed. Though Eve has had experience in the field, Rosa (Wunmi Mosaku, Vera, Luther), Mike (Mark Bazeley, The Queen, Broadchurch) and Oggy (Finlay Robertson, How Not to Live Your Life) find themselves unexpectedly thrust into the new world of murder detection.

December 7, 2020: Sense and Sensibility (2008) | New to BritBox | 3 X 60
From acclaimed writer Andrew Davies (Pride and Prejudice, Bleak House) comes this enchanting adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic novel about love and marriage. Marianne Dashwood (Charity Wakefield, Casualty 1900s) wears her heart on her sleeve when she falls in love with the charming but unsuitable John Willoughby (Dominic Cooper, Mamma Mia!), ignoring her sister Elinor’s warning that her impulsive behaviour leaves her open to gossip and innuendo. With a star-studded cast including Mark Williams (Harry Potter, Father Brown) and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, The League of Gentlemen), watch this beloved story as you’ve never seen it before.

December 8, 2020: Lennon’s Last Weekend |BritBox Original, North American Premiere, Exclusive | 1 X 60
In recognition of the 40th anniversary of the British icon’s tragic passing, this documentary reveals the last in person interview with John Lennon. Featuring footage from this BBC Radio interview with broadcaster Andy Peebles, Lennon spoke about everything from producing his solo albums to The Beatles break-up. In this exclusive documentary, Peebles travels to New York to relive the story and re-visit some of the iconic locations that illuminate the details of the last two days of Lennon’s life.

December 2020: Celebrity Mastermind Season 15 | New to BritBox, Premiere | 10 X 28 Daily Release
Hosted by John Humphrys, celebrities take on the legendary quiz that sets the toughest questions on television. Each episode features four famous guests competing against one another in tests of general knowledge in a ‘specialist subject’ category of their choice.

December 22, 2020: The Lights Before Christmas: Radiance by Rail | BritBox Original, North American Premiere, Exclusive | 1 X 60
With the sights of a classic English landscape in the chill of winter, this BritBox original special takes viewers on an illuminated journey filled with unforgettable views, Christmas lights and festive cheer. Beginning at the Victorian-built Hampton Loade Railway station, climb aboard JK Rowling’s original choice for the Hogwarts Express, an eight-carriage 1940’s vintage train shimmering with twinkling lights. With illuminated displays at passing stations, a magical snowfall and views of the timeless landscape of Shropshire in the heart of rural England, The Lights Before Christmas: Radiance by Rail is sure to get anyone in the holiday spirit.

December 24, 2020: Carols from King’s 2020 | Exclusive, North American Premiere, New to BritBox | 1 X 75
An annual worldwide broadcasting phenomenon that takes place at the medieval chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, Carols from King’s is a beloved British celebration of Christmas. Every year, the King’s College Chapel Choir performs a carol service that always opens with ‘Once in Royal David’s City” and followed later on by a new, specially commissioned carol for each year. Please note, details regarding the impact of the national situation on this program will be provided as information becomes available.

December 25, 2020: Queen’s Christmas Message 2020 | New to BritBox
Every year on Christmas Day, Queen Elizabeth addresses the public in a broadcast in which she shares a chronicle of the year’s major events and personal milestones.

December 25, 2020: The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special (2004-2006) | New to BritBox, Exclusive | 2 X 50, 2 X 55
Known as one of the most successful British programmes, BritBox is expanding the current collection of The Vicar of Dibley to include a collection of Christmas specials. Set in Dibley, a small fictional Oxfordshire village, the first special marks Geraldine’s (Dawn French, Harry Potter) 10th Christmas at Dibley. To celebrate this anniversary they hold a competition to see who can write the best Christmas Carol.

December 25, 2020: Mrs. Brown’s Boys Christmas Special 2020 | U.S. Premiere, Exclusive | 1 X 30
Celebrate the holiday season with the loudest, proudest mother in Ireland, who likes nothing more than meddling in the affairs of her friends and family. Mrs. Brown (Brendan O’Carroll) and her boys are ready to celebrate with their annual Christmas special, which is often the most-watched British television event of the season. Please note, details regarding the impact of the national situation on this program will be provided as information becomes available.

Full Period Drama Listings Include

December 1, 2020: Dandelion Dead | 2 X 60

December 1, 2020: Life in Squares (2015) | 3 X 50

December 1, 2020: Love in a Cold Climate (2001) | 3 X 50

December 1, 2020: Room at the Top (2012) | 2 X 60

December 1, 2020: The Cazalets (2001) | 6 X 55

December 1, 2020: The Way We Live Now (2001) | 4 X 75

December 1, 2020: North & South (2004) | 4 X 60

December 1, 2020: Heading Home (1991) | 1 X 90

December 1, 2020: Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2015) | 1 X 90

December 1, 2020: The Night Watch (2011) | 1 X 90

December 1, 2020: The Other Boleyn Girl (2003) | 1 X 90

December 1, 2020: Theatre Night: Lady Windermere’s Fan (1985) | 1 X 120

December 1, 2020: Under the Greenwood Tree (2005) | 1 X 90

December 2, 2020: My Family and Other Animals (2005) | 1 X 90

December 2, 2020: Middlemarch (1994) | 6 X 60

December 2, 2020: A Royal Scandal (1996) | 1 X 60

December 3, 2020: Anna of the Five Towns (1985) | 4 X 60

December 4, 2020: Mansfield Park (1983) | 6 X 55

December 4, 2020: Northanger Abbey (1987) | 1 X 90

December 5, 2020: Emma (1972) | 6 X 45

December 5, 2020: Persuasion (2007) | 1 X 95

December 6, 2020: Pride and Prejudice (1980) | New to BritBox 5 X 55

December 7, 2020: Sense and Sensibility (1981) | 7 X 25

December 7, 2020: Sense and Sensibility (2008) | 3 X 60

December 8, 2020: The Lady Vanishes (2013) | 1 X 90

December 9, 2020: Madame Bovary (1975) | 4 X 55

December 9, 2020: Madame Bovary (2000) | 3 X 50

December 10, 2020: Daniel Deronda (2002) | 4 X 50

December 10, 2020: Fanny by Gaslight (1981) | 4 X 50

December 11, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Glass Virgin | 3 X

December 11, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Secret | 3 X 60

December 11, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Wingless Bird | 3 X 60

December 11, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s Tilly Trotter | 4 X 60

December 12, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s A Dinner of Herbs | 6 X 60

December 12, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s Colour Blind | 3 X 60

December 12, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Moth | 3 X 60

December 13, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Cinder Path | 3 X 60

December 13, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Dwelling Place | 3 X 60

December 13, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Rag Nymph | 3 X 60

December 14, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Gambling Man | 3 X 60

December 14, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Round Tower | 3 X 60

December 14, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Fifteen Streets (1989) | 1 X 110

December 15, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Girl | 3 X 60

December 15, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Man Who Cried | 2 X 90

December 15, 2020: Catherine Cookson’s The Tide of Life | 3 X 60

December 16, 2020: Jane Eyre (1983) | 2 X 120

December 16, 2020: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) | 3 X 55

December 16, 2020: Wuthering Heights (1978) | 5 X 50

December 17, 2020: Tess of the D’Urbervilles (2008) | 4 X 60

December 17, 2020: The House of Eliott (1991) | 24 X 50, 10 X 55

December 18, 2020: A Tale of Two Cities (1980) | 8 X 30

December 18, 2020: Martin Chuzzlewit (1994) | 5 X 55, 1 X 90

December 19, 2020: Dombey and Son (1983) | 10 X 30

December 19, 2020: Great Expectations (1981) | 6 X 55

December 19, 2020: Great Expectations (2011) | 3 X 60

December 20, 2020: Bleak House (1985) | 8 X 50

December 20, 2020: Bleak Old Shop of Stuff | 3 X 30

December 21, 2020: Little Dorrit (2008) | 8 X 55

December 21, 2020: Hard Times (1994) | 1 X 100

December 22, 2020: Drovers’ Gold (1997) | 6 X 50

December 22, 2020: Our Mutual Friend (1998) | 4 X 90

December 23, 2020: The Mystery of Edwin Drood (2012) | 2 X 60

December 23, 2020: The Pickwick Papers (1985) | 12 X 30

December 24, 2020: David Copperfield (1986) | 10 X 30

December 24, 2020: Oliver Twist (1985) | 12 X 30

December 27, 2020: Hearts of Gold (2003) | 2 X 90

December 27, 2020: The Buccaneers (1980) | 4 X 55, 1 X 80

December 28, 2020: Little Women (1970) | 9 X 25

December 28, 2020: The Woman in White (1981) | 5 X 60

December 28, 2020: Women in Love (2011) | 2 X 90

December 29, 2020: Lorna Doone (2000) | 3 X 50

December 29, 2020: Servants (2003) | 6 X 60

December 30, 2020: Vanity Fair (1987) | 8 X 60

December 30, 2020: Vanity Fair (1998) | 6 X 60

December 31, 2020: The Duchess of Duke Street (1976) | 31 X 50

December 31, 2020: The Paradise (2012) | 16 X 50

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