Some brilliant new British television shows are coming to BritBox this August.
Scottish original crime series Granite Harbour makes its exclusive debut on BritBox, featuring Romario Simpson (Small Axe), Hannah Donaldson (The Crown), and Katia Winter (Sleepy Hollow).
Then there’s more thrilling police drama with Murder Investigation Team, from the makers of The Bill, which ran from 2003-2005 on ITV.
Other classics from the archive this month include ’70s legal drama Rumpole of the Bailey, and another chance to see two iconic period drama movies from the ’80s with Another Country and A Room with a View.
Later in August, the BBC’s long-running anthology series Inside No. 9 returns for an eighth season of self-contained dark comic mysteries.
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Here are all the upcoming new additions:
Granite Harbour – Season 1 (available from 1 August 2023)
After completing his tour with the Royal Military Police, Lance Corporal Davis Lindo (Romario Simpson, Django) envisions becoming a Scotland Yard detective, but instead finds himself training as a Detective Constable in Aberdeen in the northeast of Scotland.
Murder Investigation Team – Seasons 1-2 (available from 8 August 2023)
Murder Investigation Team reveals the gritty reality of police work, where success is part grueling procedure and part gut instinct.
Leaders of an elite squad of detectives, brusque DI Vivien Friend (Samantha Spiro, Me Before You) and intuitive DC Rosie MacManus (Lindsey Coulson, EastEnders) single-mindedly pursue those who do unthinkable deeds in the nation’s capital.
The Ex-Wife – Season 1 (available from 10 August 2023)
Based on Jess Ryder’s hit psychological thriller of the same name, The Ex-Wife tells the story of Tasha (Celine Buckens, Showtrial), a young woman who feels like she is living the dream: she has the perfect house, a loving husband and a beautiful little girl.
But there’s one large blot on Tasha’s marital landscape: her husband’s ex-wife won’t leave them alone and seems intent on staying in the picture. When Tasha returns home one day to find her life turned upside down, she realizes that the dream she is living may be about to turn into a nightmare.
Rumpole of the Bailey – Seasons 1-2 (available from 15 August 2023)
In John Mortimer (Brideshead Revisited)’s satirical look at criminal law and the workings of the Old Bailey, Horace Rumpole (Leo McKern, Blue Lagoon) is a barrister who spouts Wordsworth to himself and is famed among colleagues for his battered hat and general slovenliness.
His wife, known as “She who must be obeyed,” sometimes thinks Rumpole has been so busy playing parts in courts that he’s lost all trace of his own identity.
A Room with a View (available from 17 August 2023)
In this British drama based on the novel by E.M. Forster, Helena Bonham-Carter (The Crown) plays Lucy Honeychurch, a young Englishwoman touring Italy with her older cousin (Maggie Smith, Downton Abbey).
At a hotel in Florence, Lucy meets the charming and free-spirited George Emerson (Julian Sands, Crossbones). Although intrigued by George, once she’s back in England Lucy ponders settling down with the wealthy, staid Cecil Vyse (Daniel Day-Lewis, Lincoln).
When George reappears in her life, Lucy must decide between him and Cecil.
Another Country (available from 17 August 2023)
In this film adaptation of the Julian Mitchell play, classmates and fellow outcasts Guy Bennett (Rupert Everett, My Best Friend’s Wedding) and Tommy Judd (Colin Firth, The King’s Speech) find comfort in friendship during the 1930s, at an elite British public school where conformity is the norm.
Openly gay Bennett must deal with bullying and homophobia, while Judd struggles to reconcile the expectations of the establishment with his own Marxist beliefs when he is given the opportunity to become head boy.
Above Suspicion – Seasons 1-4 (available from 22 August 2023)
From award-winning writer Lynda La Plante, Above Suspicion follows the detective careers of DC Anna Travis (Kelly Reilly, Yellowstone) and her police partner DCI James Langton (Ciaran Hinds, Game of Thrones) as they investigate shocking crimes and seek to bring sadistic and merciless killers to justice.
Under the unorthodox guidance of Langton, rookie Travis must negotiate a series of killings shocking even to the most hardened detective and defy the challenges of these brutal crimes to rise up the ranks of the police force.
While investigating the mutilated body of a young woman whose death seems to echo that of a notorious unsolved murder from the 1940s, Travis and Langton will have their detective skills pushed to the limits as they seek to bring those above suspicion to justice.
Inside No. 9 – Season 8 (available from 25 August 2023)
Steve Pemberton (Psychoville) and Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentleman)’s award-winning anthology returns with six more deliciously dark tales where the ordinary and mundane rub shoulders with the extraordinary and macabre.
Critically-acclaimed Inside No. 9 has won many awards including four BAFTAs, Royal Television Society awards and a Rose d’Or. This eighth collection of films brings together a truly original mixture of comedy, drama, horror and thriller – all designed to delight and confound.
From online speed-dating to murderous mind games, from a fear of Fridays to a lakeside love-nest and from East End gangsters to the bones of a dead saint, each episode is as unexpected and enthralling as the next. With a stellar cast of guest stars, every one of these tales will entertain and terrorize in equal measure.
The Museum – Season 2 (available from 28 August 2023)
A second season of the critically acclaimed Welsh drama The Museum returns to BritBox as the action moves out of Cardiff and to West Wales – a land steeped in magic and mystery.
Nia Roberts returns as Della who has had a temporary reassignment from her role as director of a museum in Cardiff after the events of the first season and now runs a museum in a rural town, but finds the world of art crime follows her wherever she goes.
Next of Kin – Season 1 (available from 30 August 2023)
Starring award-winning British actress Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife), this fast-paced series focuses on doctor Mona Harcourt, as her family life is turned upside down in a matter of hours.
As London, the city in which Mona and her husband Guy (Jack Davenport, Pirates of the Caribbean) work, is hit by a terrorist attack, Mona also learns that her brother Kareem (Navin Chowdry, The End of the F***ing World) has been abducted in Pakistan. With rumors swirling around the whereabouts and possible actions of Mona’s nephew Danny (Viveik Kalra, Blinded by the Light), a resolute Mona travels to Pakistan in the hope of keeping her family safe.
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