Coming To BritBox UK February 2022: Crime, Drama And Laughs

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British sitcoms and dramas, feature films, more Death in Paradise, and the brand new original series, Magpie Murders – February is going to be a rich month on BritBox.

BritBox UK (don’t confuse it with the US version) is a streaming subscription service owned by ITV and the BBC. It curates British TV programmes and classic films from ITV, BBC, Channel 5 and Channel 4.

The subscription normally costs £5.99/month or £59.99/year, and you can usually get a free trial (See my updated review of BritBox UK here).

You can subscribe directly through the BritBox, website or as an Amazon Prime Video channel.


As always, some content may be added later in the month, but these are the highlights for the month of February 2022:

February 1

Wild Rose (2018)

Amidst several difficulties, a single mother of two and a former convict from Scotland, Rose-Lynn, tries to pursue her dream of becoming a country singer.

Musical drama film starring Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters and Sophie Okonedo.

The Day Shall Come (2019)

An impoverished preacher who brings hope to the Miami projects is offered cash to save his family from eviction. He has no idea his sponsor works for the FBI who plan to turn him into a criminal by fueling his madcap revolutionary dreams.

Comedy film starring Anna Kendrick, Marchánt Davis and Jim Gaffigan.

Human Traffic (1999)

For Jip, Lulu, Koop, Nina and Moff, the dead-end jobs they endure during the week just kill the time until Friday night. That’s when they cut very loose and get on the crazy roller coaster ride that takes them right through to Monday morning.

Comedy film starring Danny Dyer, John Simm and Justin Kerrigan.

February 3

Getting On (Series 1-3, 2009-2012)

Medical sitcom following the day-to-day lives of the staff on an NHS hospital ward. Beset by killer viruses, egomaniacal consultants and endless paperwork, the overworked and underpaid staff of ward B4 struggle on regardless.

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Photo: BBC

Starring Joanna Scanlan, Jo Brand and Vicki Pepperdine.

Small Axe (Series 1, 2020)

An anthology drama miniseries starring John Boyega, Letitia Wright and Michael Ward.

The five films are love letters to black resilience and triumph in London’s West Indian community, depicting vivid stories of hard-won victories in the face of racism.

Directed by Oscar-winner Steve McQueen

February 10

Only When I Laugh (Series 1-2, 1979-1980)

A rather naive, middle-class man is admitted to a hospital ward and finds that he is sharing it with a working-class layabout and an upper-class hypochondriac. All three of them cause headaches for the hospital staff.

Comedy series starring James Bolam, Peter Bowles and Christopher Strauli.

Magpie Murders (2022)

BritBox original: Adapted from the Sunday Times bestseller written by Anthony Horowitz CBE (Foyle’s War, Midsomer Murders).

Magpie Murders is a crime drama with a unique twist: this intriguing series is a murder mystery within a murder mystery, spanning two time periods (the 1950s and contemporary Britain) with a cast portraying multiple characters in different literary dimensions.

Susan Ryeland (Lesley Manville) is the editor for infamous, best-selling mystery writer Alan Conway (Conleth Hill). When she receives an unfinished Conway manuscript, featuring his hugely popular detective Atticus Pünd (Tim McMullan), she is set on a path with little idea that it will change her life forever.

The Royal (Series 1-2, 2003)

Medical drama set in the swinging sixties. Rich in humour and tragedy, the show follows the staff and patients of a Yorkshire cottage hospital.

Features guest appearances by characters from the drama series Heartbeat, which is set in the same period.

Starring Robert Daws, Amy Robbins and Linda Armstrong.

February 17

Kim Philby: His Most Intimate Betrayal (Series 1, 2014)

A two-part docu-drama starring David Oakes and William Beck. 

Ben Macintyre explores the truth behind the most famous double agent in modern history – Harold Kim Philby. He argues that Philby has become a caricature of the gentleman spy. 

Lead Balloon (Series 1-4, 2006-2011)

Rick Spleen, a successful but disillusioned stand-up comedian, spends his days hosting corporate events, arguing with his co-writer Marty and hiding his incompetence from Mel.

Sitcom starring Jack Dee, Anna Crilly and Sean Power.

New Blood (Series 1, 2016)

Crime drama following Stefan Kowolski and Arash Sayyad, two junior investigators working for Serious Fraud Office, who go against powerful corporations and people who only appear to be legitimate.

Starring Mark Strepan, Ben Tavassoli, Mark Addy and Anna Chancellor.

The Professionals (Series 1-2, 1977-1978)

Classic drama series starring Lewis Collins, Martin Shaw and Gordon Jackson.

Inside the secure corridors of Criminal Intelligence 5, a high-level British anti-crime unit, George Cowley hands out tough assignments to his two top agents: thuggish William Andrew Philip Bodie, who favours a “hit first, ask questions later” style, and the more cerebral Raymond Doyle, a former Docklands police constable.

February 24

Blue Murder (Series 1-5, 2003-2009)

Single mother DCI Janine Lewis struggles with the problems of bringing up four children while leading her team of detectives in solving high-profile murders.

Drama series starring Ian Kelsey, Caroline Quentin and Paul Loughran.

Death in Paradise (Series 10, 2021)

The tenth instalment of the popular BBC crime drama series. Series 1-9 are already available on BritBox.

Death in Paradise
Death in Paradise

The idyllic Caribbean locale of Saint-Marie is a paradise island on which most anyone would love to live and work, except for a quintessential English detective who feels like a fish out of water.

Starring Ralf Little, Don Warrington, Tobi Bakare and Elizabeth Bourgine.

Monarch of the Glen (Series 5, 2003)

Archie MacDonald, a young restaurateur is called back to his childhood home of Glenbogle where he is told he is the new Laird of Glenbogle.

Drama series starring Dawn Steele, Susan Hampshire and Alastair Mackenzie. Series 1-4 are already available on BritBox.

New Tricks (Series 6-8, 2009-2011)

To put her flagging police career back on track, superintendent Sandra Pullman hires three veteran police officers to lend a helping hand to her unsolved cases.

Drama series starring Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman and Alun Armstrong. Series 1-5 are already available on BritBox.

Whoops Apocalypse (Series 1, 1982)

A sitcom starring Alexei Sayle, Rik Mayall, Barry Morse and John Barron – a light-hearted look at the final week before doomsday.

American President Johnny Cyclops is trying to run a re-election campaign while dealing with the Russians, a deposed Shah needing to be hidden, and a new weapon called a ‘quark’ bomb.

HIV & Me: Stephen Fry (Series 1, 2007)

2-Part television special which sees British writer and actor Stephen Fry report on the shocking increase of newly HIV-infected people in Britain and in sub-Saharan Africa.

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