March seems to be a strong month for BritBox: Three brand new BritBox originals (including the highly anticipated second series of Sanditon), classic British drama and comedy shows like Survivors, The Lenny Henry Show and more, and classic films like Breaking The Waves.
BritBox UK (which has a different library of content from 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 review of BritBox UK here).
You can subscribe directly through the BritBox website, or as an Amazon Prime Video channel (which will then make it available on every device with a Prime Video app – including Sky Q / Sky Glass).
- Missed the previous month? Here’s everything that came to BritBox in February 2022.
As always, some content may be added later in the month, but these are the highlights for the month of March 2022:
Murder in Provence (Season 1)
BritBox Original: Adapted from M.L Longworth’s novels, Murder in Provence is a sumptuous mystery series set in Provence featuring chief magistrate Antoine Verlaque and his romantic partner, criminal psychology professor Marine Bonnet, solving a series of mysterious murders amongst the upper classes.
Starring Roger Allam, Nancy Carroll and Keala Settle.
Hot Metal (Seasons 1-2, 1986-1988)
The ‘Crucible’ is a new muck-raking tabloid newspaper in London. Managing editor Russell Spam is always on the lookout for the latest dirt and gossip, while senior editor Harold Stringer struggles to preserve some sense of dignity (usually to no avail).
Starring Robert Hardy, Richard Kane and Geoffrey Palmer.
Uncle (Seasons 1-3)
An amateur musician of stunted emotional growth is reluctant to take care of his young nephew, but as his reluctance grows, his other emotions begin to follow to the fore, meaning he may even become a better, more-rounded person.
Starring Nick Helm, Elliot Spellor Gillot and Daisy Haggard.
Secrets of the Spies (Season 1)
BritBox Original: This compelling 3-part documentary series will explore the rarified world of spies, covering everything from Cold War defections and covert assassinations to sophisticated cyber attacks.
It will investigate recent cases and current methods while exploring the history of espionage, both fact and fiction – and everything in between.
Secrets of the Spies will include interviews with former spies, and their family members, police officers and forensic experts, historians, authors and more to offer unique perspectives of this complex and enigmatic topic.
Ambassadors (Season 1, 2013)
Comedy series starring David Mitchell and Robert Webb as two hapless British diplomats in the fictional republic of Tazbekistan.
Jericho (Season 1, 2016)
In the Yorkshire Dales in the 1870s, the shantytown of Jericho is the home of a community that will live, thrive and die in the shadow of the viaduct they’ve been brought together to build.
A period drama series starring Jessica Raine, Hans Matheson and Samuel Bottomley.
Jericho (Season 1, 2005)
Yes, it’s another period drama series with the same name. This one, however, is about Detective Chief Inspector Michael Jericho of Scotland Yard, who is a respected, uncompromising and forward-thinking detective investigating high-profile murders in 1950s London.
Starring Robert Lindsay, David Troughton and Eve Matheson.
My Hero (Seasons 1-2, 2000-2001)
Thermoman is a multiple-powered superhero who originates from the planet Ultron. In an attempt to do his best to fit in with life on earth, he creates the human alias of George Sunday.
Starring Ardal O’Hanlon, Emily Joyce and Hugh Dennis.
The Vice (Seasons 1-2, 1999-2000)
Veteran Detective Inspector Pat Chappel heads up the Metropolitan vice squad as he and his team investigate prostitution and pornography in the London sex trade.
Starring Ken Stott, Caroline Catz, Rosie Marcel and David Harewood.
Survivors (Seasons 1-2, 2008-2010)
Need a new pandemic in your life? This classic sci-fi series is a reimagining of a novel by Terry Nation – which was also the inspiration for a similar 1975 series that went by the same name.
An unknown virus pandemic kills more than 90% of the world’s population. Those immune must strive to survive and overcome the difficulties of this new world order, hoping that the virus will not mutate.
Starring Julie Graham, Max Beesley and Paterson Joseph.
Castles in the Sky (2014)
Robert, along with his team, strive to transform the idea of radar into reality for the British in the upcoming war. However, he has problems maintaining his personal life due to his work.
Comedic factual drama film starring Eddie Izzard, Laura Fraser, Julian Rhind-Tutt and David Hayman.
Miss Austen Regrets (2007)
Despite setting the standard for romantic fiction, Jane Austen never met her own Mr Darcy. Based on her life and letters, Miss Austen Regrets tells the story of the novelist’s final years.
Television film starring Olivia Williams, Samuel Roukin, Imogen Poots and Hugh Bonneville.
Anne was in love with Frederick, who was rejected by her snobby parents 8 years ago. They’ve now hit hard times and rent out their mansion to his brother-in-law. He returns as a Royal Navy captain. Will he remember Anne?
Television film adapted from the novel, starring Sally Hawkins, Rupert Penry-Jones, Julia Davis and Tobias Menzies.
Moving On (Seasons 12, 2021)
Exclusive to BritBox: Series of daytime plays set in contemporary Britain, all sharing the theme of someone going through some kind of change in their life.
Starring Les Dennis and Liz McClarnon.
Touching Evil (Seasons 1-2, 1997-1998)
The crime drama series follows the exploits of a crack squad on the Organised & Serial Crime Unit, a rapid response police force that serves the entire county.
Starring Nicola Walker, Robson Green, Jeffrey Donovan and Shaun Dingwall.
Film Collection Additions:
Breaking the Waves (1996)
Oilman Jan is paralysed in an accident. His wife, who prayed for his return, feels guilty; even more, when Jan urges her to have sex with another.
A critically acclaimed drama directed by Lars von Trier, and starring Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård and Katrin Cartlidge.
Horrid Henry: The Movie (2011)
Henry hates his school and never does his homework. But, when it is learned that the school would soon shut down, Henry teams up with his arch-enemy Margaret, in order to save the school.
Starring Theo Stevenson, Richard E. Grant, Anjelica Huston and Parminder Nagra.
True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)
An exploration of Australian bushranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they attempt to evade authorities during the 1870s.
Starring George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult and Essie Davis.
The Adventures of Greyfriars Bobby (2005)
Bobby, a brave Skye Terrier, becomes local legend when he refuses to leave his master’s grave after he dies. The townsfolk feed the dog until local authorities ban strays. The kids decide to help Bobby defy the law.
Based on true events. Starring Christopher Lee, James Cosmo, Gina McKee and Sean Pertwee.
Heidi has to live with her grandfather in the Swiss Alps because her aunt cannot provide for her anymore. Their relationship starts off on the wrong foot but they eventually become closer.
Starring Emma Bolger, Max von Sydow, Diana Rigg and Geraldine Chaplin.
Former youth boxing champion Jimmy McCabe, after hitting rock bottom, returns to his childhood boxing club and his old team, gym owner Bill and corner-man Eddie.
Starring Johnny Harris, Ray Winstone, Ian McShane and Michael Smiley.
In Simon Amstell’s affecting, bittersweet comedy, a rising young filmmaker is thrown into emotional turmoil by a burgeoning romance and the upcoming premiere of his second feature.
Starring Colin Morgan, Phénix Brossard, Joel Fry and Jack Rowan.
Sanditon (Season 2)
BritBox Original: The second series of the critically acclaimed series that’s based on Jane Austen’s final, unfinished novel. The upcoming episodes promise new romances, friendships and challenges for the residents as the Army makes Sanditon its new base.
Charlotte’s (Rose Williams) spirited younger sister, Alison Heywood (Rosie Graham) arrives in Sanditon to pursue her own romantic dream.
The Parkers are back, as Tom Parker (Kris Marshall) strives to rebuild Sanditon. But there are many unforeseen issues awaiting him, while the secrets and lies of the dysfunctional Denhams continue to rock the foundations of the sunny seaside town.
And, in her last summer season before turning 21, Georgiana Lambe (Crystal Clarke), keen to forge her own identity, gets up to mischief in the name of love… but will she run the risk of being lonelier than ever before?
Kavanagh QC (Seasons 1-2, 1995-1996)
James Kavanagh, one of the most highly respected criminal advocates in London, oversees difficult cases as a barrister while dealing with the demands of his family life.
Starring John Thaw, Oliver Ford Davies and Nicholas Jones.
Kavanagh QC: The End of Law (2001)
A beautiful Hungarian woman is found dead in a man’s hotel room in London. He is found guilty despite the efforts of his solicitor and his daughter, who decide to mount an appeal and go to Kavanagh for help, but Kavanagh has been asked to become a judge, and his mind is on other matters.
A special episode of the series, starring John Thaw, Daisy Bates and Roger Brierly.
Secret Army (Seasons 1-3, 1977-1979)
During World War II, a Belgian resistance movement called Lifeline, based in Brussels, organises the return of Allied airmen who have been shot down by the Luftwaffe to the United Kingdom.
Starring Angela Richards, Bernard Hepton and Clifford Rose.
Watching (Seasons 1-2, 1987-1988) & Christmas Specials 1987, 1988
The classic sitcom that follows a young couple from Merseyside and their off again/on again relationship.
Starring Emma Wray, Paul Brown and Patsy Byrne.
Bread (Seasons 1-3, 1986-1987)
The extended Boswell family, who are a devout Catholic family, live in the district of Dingle. The family is led by its matriarch, Nellie, who leads them through all the ups and downs of life.
Starring Jean Boht, Jonathan Morris, Nick Conway and Victor McGuire.
How Not to Live Your Life (Seasons 1-3, 2007-2011)
Sitcom revolving around a neurotic twenty-nine year old man named Don. As he tries to make his way through life, his overactive mind and inappropriate behavior is always getting him into trouble.
Starring Dan Clark, David Armand, Leila Hoffman and Sinead Moynihan.
The Goodies (Seasons 2, 1972), Seasons 5-8, 1975-80)
The adventures of a crazy trio of British comedians whose motto is “we do anything, anytime, anywhere.”
Starring Tim Brooke-Taylor, Graeme Garden, and Bill Oddie.
The Lenny Henry Show (Seasons 3 & 5, 1987, 1995)
Legendary comedian Lenny Henry stars as pirate DJ Delbert Wilkins of the Brixton Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in this 80s sitcom.
Now he’s got his own show, he’s made it and everyone will surely worship him… at least that’s what he thinks.
Series 4 is already available on BritBox.
The Paradise (Seasons 1-2, 2012-2013)
Denise moves to the city to work at a glamorous department store. She struggles to cope with the problems caused by the shopkeepers nearby as their business suffers due to the store.
Starring Joanna Vanderham, Emun Elliot and Stephen Wight.