BBC Studios and ITV have announced the BritBox May 2020 titles, which include the new original series A Confession, starring Emmy Award winner Martin Freeman. BritBox is the biggest collection of streaming British television in North America.
Crime drama A Confession, based on a true story, also stars Academy Award nominee Imelda Staunton, and BAFTA Award nominee Siobhan Finneran. The limited run drama was written by Academy Award nominated writer Jeff Pope (Philomena, Hatton Garden Heist) and directed by Broadchurch’s Paul Andrew Williams.
In addition, joining the service are all 37 adaptations from BBC’s Shakespeare Collection which includes iconic works such as Romeo & Juliet, Othello, Richard II and King Lear.
The casts include some of the most celebrated British actors – Academy Award winner Helen Mirren, Sir Patrick Stewart, Golden Globe winner Alan Rickman (Harry Potter), Emmy Award winner John Cleese (Hold The Sunset), and Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee Brenda Blethyn.
With the addition of seasons 9-12, BritBox also completes Agatha Christie’s Poirot to become the exclusive home of the beloved adaptation starring David Suchet, along with Poirot: Mysterious Affair at Styles based on Agatha Christie’s first novel, and also welcomes the iconic BBC series Line of Duty (Seasons 1-4) to the service.
The Britbox May 2020 Listings:
May 1, 2020: 35 Days S4 | 8 x 60 (BritBox Exclusive, North American Premiere)
In this exciting new series, a jury retires to deliberate and consider the evidence set before them in a gruesome murder case. Little do they know that within 35 hours one of them will be dead at the hands of one of the other jurors. Their first vote highlights their deep division. Who will influence who? Who will have the loudest voices? Who will harbour deep prejudices? Deep enough to kill in cold blood?
May 6, 2020: Florence Nightingale| 1 x 90 (New To BritBox)
Celebrating her bicentennial birthday, this biopic drama, directed by Emmy Award winner Norman Stone (Shadowland), focuses on the early years of Florence Nightingale, from 1837 to the Royal Commission into the Crimean War. Largely based on her own words, it tells the true and unexpected story behind the creator of modern nursing.
May 12, 2020: A Confession | 6 x 60 (Original, BritBox Exclusive, North American Premiere)
After a night out with friends, 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan disappeared. When her worried boyfriend reports her missing, Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (Black Panther, Sherlock) begins to piece together her last movements. Believing Sian may still be alive and being held somewhere against her will, Fulcher initiates an urgent full-scale search operation which leaves him at the crux of a life-changing choice between following police protocol and catching a killer.
May 15, 2020: Poirot S9-12 | 12 x 120 (New to BritBox, BritBox Exclusive)
David Suchet in his signature role as Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective Hercule Poirot – the super sleuth who, with an expertly twirled mustache and a theatrical flair, solves murders with penetrating perception and no small amount of self-regard.
May 16, 2020: Poirot: Mysterious Affair at Styles| 1 x 103 (New to BritBox, BritBox Exclusive)
Agatha Christie’s first published book introducing Hercule Poirot is set in a beautiful stately home in the war-torn England of 1917. The Mysterious Affair at Styles also establishes one of the most successful partnerships in literary history – the enduring friendship and working collaboration between Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Inspector Japp. Hastings is recovering from his war injuries when he receives an invitation to visit his old friends the Cavendish family at Styles St Mary. Staying nearby as guests of the Cavendish’s are a group of Belgian refugees, including, much to Hastings’ surprise, his old acquaintance from the Belgian police, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot.
May 19, 2020: At Last the 1948 Show (New to BritBox)
Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Tim Brooke-Taylor and Graham Chapman star in this classic satirical comedy that would change TV comedy forever and inspire several sketch comedies, including Monty Python sketches.
May 22, 2020: Line of Duty S1-4 | 22 x 60 (New to BritBox, North America)
If you think catching criminals is tough, try catching police officers. Set in the fictional police anti-corruption unit AC-12, Line of Duty is a cat-and-mouse thriller that takes a probing look into modern policing and corruption. The cast includes Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), Martin Compston (Victoria), Thandie Newton (Crash), Keeley Hawes (Tipping the Velvet), Lennie James (The Walking Dead) and Kelly Macdonald (The Victim).
May 26, 2020: BBC Shakespeare Collection | 37 Adaptations (BritBox Exclusive, North America)
A unique collection of some of the finest comedies and dramas in the English language, each production is a celebration of the Bard and his contributions to the world. These plays feature the cream of the 20th century’s acting talent. Among the great actors featured in these plays are: Helen Mirren, Laurence Olivier, Brenda Blethyn, John Gielgud, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Hordern, Felicity Kendall, Bernard Hill, John Cleese, Zoe Wanamaker, Claire Bloom and Robert Lindsay.
- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM
- A WINTER’S TALE
- ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
- ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
- AS YOU LIKE IT
- HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK
- HENRY IV PART I
- HENRY IV PART II
- HENRY V
- HENRY VI PART I
- HENRY VI PART II
- HENRY VI PART III
- HENRY VIII
- JULIUS CAESAR
- KING LEAR
- LOVE’S LABOURS LOST
- MEASURE FOR MEASURE
- MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
- RICHARD II
- ROMEO AND JULIET
- THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
- THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN
- THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
- THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
- THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
- THE TEMPEST
- THE TRAGEDY OF RICHARD III
- TIMON OF ATHENS
- TITUS ANDRONICUS
- TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
- TWELFTH NIGHT
- TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
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