BBC Studios and ITV have announced the BritBox November 2023 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.
Kicking off the month with the room where it happened, political drama This England, a six-part series based on Boris Johnson’s tumultuous first months as UK Prime Minister, premieres on November 1.
Co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, A Mighty Heart) and from award-winning executive producer Richard Brown (True Detective, Catch-22), This England takes viewers inside the halls of power, as Johnson (Kenneth Branagh) grapples with Covid-19, Brexit, and a controversial personal and political life.
The BritBox November 2023 schedule also has some long-awaited series returns. On November 15, Irvine Welsh’s critically-acclaimed drama Crime, starring Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2, My Week with Marilyn) returns for its second season.
Other series returning next month include Hope Street, Pointless, Unforgotten and This Farming Life. Closing out the month, Shetland will make its highly-anticipated return to BritBox with Season 8 premiering on November 29.
This season of Shetland will see Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) take over detecting duties as DI Ruth Calder, a native Shetlander who returns to the isles after 20 years in London.
The BritBox November 2023 slate is available for $8.99 per month or $89.99 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, Comcast X1 & Flex, and online at BritBox.com.
BritBox is also available as a premium add-on channel on Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV, and Roku 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 also offers expert curation and playlists that enable fans to easily find programs they know and discover new favorites via the web, mobile, tablet and connected TVs.
BRITBOX NOVEMBER 2023 SCHEDULE
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 1
This England S1 I BritBox Exclusive, US Premiere I 6 x 60’ I All at Once
From Passenger & Revolution Films, This England, the 6-part series based on Boris Johnson’s tumultuous first months as UK Prime Minister, traces the impact on the country of the first wave of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom and from award-winning executive producer Richard Brown, the drama takes viewers inside the halls of power, as Johnson (Kenneth Branagh) grapples with Covid-19, Brexit, and a controversial personal and political life.
The events in government are interwoven with stories from around the country, from the experts and scientists racing against time to understand the virus; the doctors, nurses and care-home workers on the frontline working tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome it; and ordinary people whose lives were thrown into turmoil.
Lewis: Behind the Scenes I New to BritBox I 1 x 45’ I All at Once
A behind-the-scenes look at the filming of Lewis, the popular 2007 drama series. This special insight to the series features Jim Carter (Downton Abbey), Kevin Whately (Inspector Morse), Stephen Churchett (The House of Eliott), James Grout (Inspector Morse) and John Thaw (Inspector Morse).
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 3
Pointless S29 I North America Premiere, BritBox Exclusive I 54 x 45’ I All at Once
Joining BritBox’s Panel Channel is the quiz show hosted by Alexander Armstrong (Armstrong & Miller) with assistance from Richard Osman (You Have Been Watching). In each episode, four teams of two contestants attempt to find correct but obscure answers to four rounds of general knowledge questions, with the winning team eligible to compete for the show’s cash jackpot.
All questions used in the show are pre-surveyed, and here’s the plot twist, contestants seek to find correct answers that were given by as few of the survey subjects as possible. You score the best point, zero, when the answer is given by nobody from the survey.
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 7
Bad Education S1-3 I New to BritBox I 19 x 30’ I All at Once
A comedy about a teacher who’s a bigger kid than the pupils he teaches. Alfie Wicker (Jack Whitehall, Jungle Cruise) was always a loser. He was the kid that everyone gave up hope in, dropping back year after year in school.
But in the end, he scraped through and got his PGCSE, and now, he’s got his first job as a teacher of a support class – class K. His class is made up of pupils struggling to get through their GCSE’s and it’s his job to give them extra attention in a selection of key topics.
Alfie loves his pupils, and while he makes plenty of mistakes along the way, he genuinely has their best interests at heart. But a love interest, a computer game or the opportunity of getting off his head sometimes might complicate things.
Bad Education S4 I BritBox Exclusive, New to BritBox I 6 x 30’ I All at Once
Former pupils Stephen Carmichael (Layton Williams, The Bad Education Movie) and Mitchell Harper (Charlie Wernham, The Bad Education Movie) return to Abbey Grove to teach class K. With the school now headed by Bernadette Hoburn (Vicki Pepperdine, Getting On), the series follows the students as they get caught in their own schemes.
Bad Education Movie I New to BritBox I 1 x 120’ I All at Once
Based on Jack Whitehall’s Bad Education series, this movie reunited the cast and follows Alfie Wicker (Whitehall) as he tries to supervise and educate class K on a final school trip after they’ve finished their GCSE’s .
Bad Education Reunion Special I BritBox Exclusive, New to BritBox I 1 x 60’ I All at Once
Created to celebrate the series’ 10th anniversary, Class K returns for a careers day and reunion that turns into mayhem. Meanwhile, Alfie Wicker is faced with a tough personal decision.
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 15
Irvine Welsh’s Crime S2 I BritBox Original, North America Premiere, BritBox Exclusive I 6 x 60’ I All at Once
Returning to his Emmy Award winning role, Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible 2, My Week with Marilyn) stars as troubled detective DI Ray Lennox in the second Season of Irvine Welsh’s Crime. After a harrowing mental breakdown, DI Lennox is thrown back into more brutal investigations after a colleague is attacked.
This season also features John Simm (Grace), Ken Stott (Rebus) and Joanna Vanderham (The Paradise).
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 20
Merlin S1-5 I New to BritBox I 65 x 45’ I All at Once
Merlin will one day be the greatest wizard that the world will ever know, but for now, he is just a young man, geeky and awkward, who must keep his talent hidden in a kingdom where magic is banned or face certain death.
In this ambitious and action-packed drama, the myths, monsters and magic of Arthurian legend are revitalized and given a modern twist which sees relationships and friendships develop between the characters in preparation for their inevitable destinies.
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 22
Hope Street 3A I BritBox Original, North America Premiere, BritBox Exclusive I 8 x 45’ I All at Once
The new season revisits the trials and tribulations of the Port Devine police department and will continue to reveal more about their private lives.
Featuring a returning cast, the series celebrates the humor and warmth of the people in Northern Ireland, as well as its stunning coastlines and breathtaking landscapes. Additional season 3 episodes coming in 2024 for a total of 15 episodes.
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 27
This Farming Life 6B I North America Premiere, BritBox Exclusive I 12 x 60’ I All at Once
Not just a job, a way of life. This warm, compelling series weaves intimate personal stories with the dramatic events that make up life on a farm, with families carving out a living in some of Britain’s most beautiful landscapes.
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 28
Chasing Shadows S1 I BritBox Exclusive, New to BritBox I 4 x 60’ I All at Once
This four-part drama follows the crimes investigated by the troubled Detective Sergeant Sean Stone (Reece Shearsmith, Inside No. 9), an intense, socially awkward misfit who is obsessed with uncovering behavioral patterns to help locate missing people.
Sean’s bosses feel that he is a liability on his own and needs someone to work with him to keep him under control. That person is Ruth Hattersley (Alex Kingston, Doctor Who, Upstairs Downstairs), a maternal figure who is an analyst with the Missing Persons Bureau.
At first Sean is reluctant to work with her, but he eventually realizes that the two of them make a good team. Ruth’s ability to connect with people and Sean’s expertise in locating missing persons strike a perfect balance in an otherwise rocky partnership.
AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 29
Shetland S8 I BritBox Original, North America Premiere, BritBox Exclusive I 6 x 60’ I Weekly
And wrapping up the BritBox November 2023 schedule is the return of Shetland! After 7 seasons playing the beloved Detective Jimmy Perez, Douglas Henshall will be passing the baton to Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) to star in the series.
Jensen will play DI Ruth Calder, a native Shetlander who returns to the isles after 20 years working in London. Based on the best-selling books by award-winning crime writer Ann Cleeves, follow DI Ruth Calder as she begins investigating crimes within the close-knit island community.
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.