Some great British television shows are coming to BritBox this September.
The streaming service boasts a selection of brand new true crime content, kicking off with Sheridan Smith’s acclaimed 2012 drama Mrs Biggs, and the second season of The Curse, a stranger than fiction tale about the biggest gold heist in history starring Emer Kenny from Father Brown.
Later in the month, The Hunt for Raoul Moat explores the manhunt that captivated the nation and helped ushered in an era of wall-to-wall news coverage in the country.
Featuring the latest hits from the UK and much-loved telly classics from the past, BritBox is available for just $8.99 per month, or $89.99 per year.
The subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV offers viewers in the US and Canada the biggest collection of streaming British television.
Here are all the upcoming new additions:
The Truth about My Murder (available from 4 September 2023)
Forensic pathologist and author Dr. Richard Shepherd uncovers the truth behind horrific crimes as told through the victims’ bodies to separate fact from fiction and ensure the truth always prevails.
The Curse – Season 2 (available from 6 September 2023)
Set 18 months after the first season, which saw the show’s hapless cast of characters accidentally pull off the biggest gold heist in history, this time around the action moves to Spain’s infamous Costa del Crime where Albert Fantoni (Allan Mustafa, Love Wedding Repeat), Natasha (Emer Kenny, Karen Pirie), Mick (Tom Davis, Murder in Successville) and crew once again find themselves in way over their heads.
The Curse takes hold in the Spanish heat, and it’s a guessing game who will get out alive!
This Farming Life – Season 5 (available from 12 September 2023)
The observational documentary returns, following the ups and downs of six new farming families in Scotland and Northern Ireland, as they face tough economic times and an uncertain future.
Whether dealing with the difficulties caused by a sick herd of cattle, or battling against a bitter snowstorm, they must withstand all that the elements throw at them. With joy and heartache in equal measure, This Farming Life reveals the secrets of a singular profession.
Mrs Biggs (available from 14 September 2023)
Mrs Biggs tells the true story of the woman behind Britain’s most famous villain, train robber Ronald Biggs. The drama follows the journey of Charmian Brent (Sheridan Smith, The Barking Murders) from naive young woman to a reluctant gangster’s moll.
As a frustrated young woman on a train, Charmian is chatted up by tall, handsome Londoner Ron Biggs (Daniel Mays, Good Omens), nearly 10 years her senior. She becomes smitten with him and they begin dating, until her father forbids it upon discovering that Ron has been convicted of petty crimes.
The couple, though, decide to elope (with money stolen from Charmian’s employer) and hide out before being caught. After Ron’s imprisonment, now the parents of young children, the Biggs are unable to come up with the deposit for a house they want.
In order to secure the money, Ron plots with a friend to plan one of the most famous crimes in British history – the Great Train Robbery of 1963.
The Commander – Seasons 1-5 (available from 18 September 2023)
This compelling thriller from Prime Suspect creator Lynda La Plante follows the murder investigations of Commander Clare Blake (Amanda Burton, Silent Witness), New Scotland Yard’s highest-ranking woman officer, the Serious Crime Group Commander, and head of the Murder Review Team.
Newly-promoted Commander Clare Blake assumes control of the Serious Crimes Unit of the Metropolitan Police, but she makes enemies within the force through her belief that a killer who has served his sentence is innocent of a series of brutal murders.
Avoidance – Season 1 (available from 20 September 2023)
Created and written by Romesh Ranganathan and Benjamin Green and starring Romesh Ranganathan, the BAFTA-winning actor and comedian behind the Netflix special The Cynic, Avoidance follows hapless anti-hero Jonathan who is struggling to get back on his feet after breaking up with partner Claire (Jessica Knappett, Ghosts).
After Claire has accused him of being impossible to live with, and keen to avoid conflict at all costs, Jonathan moves in with his sister (Mandeep Dhillon, CSI: Vegas) and her wife (Lisa McGrillis, Mum). For the sake of his 9-year-old son, Spencer, Jonathan starts to rebuild his life and pull himself together, which is hard when you lack all the necessary tools to do so.
The Hunt for Raoul Moat (available from 28 September 2023)
The Hunt for Raoul Moat shines a light on the human tragedies behind the true story of Britain’s biggest ever manhunt. In 2010, Raoul Moat (Matt Stokoe, Bodyguard) went on the run after shooting three people, evading capture for over a week and threatening to kill again.
As the first such case to be covered ‘live’ by 24-hour news channels in the UK, the manhunt played out against a warped perception of this vicious killer as an ‘anti-hero’, a persecuted victim fighting back against the authorities.
A timely reminder of how fake news and social media can create a dangerous myth, this is an unflinching account of those shocking events, focusing on Moat’s innocent victims, the officers who put themselves in the firing line, and the journalist who sought to tell the real story.
Manhunt: The Raoul Moat Story (available from 28 September 2023)
In July 2010, when bodybuilder Raoul Moat shot three people and went on the run vowing to ‘kill coppers’, it led to a massive seven-day police operation, and even involved survival expert Ray Mears and footballer Paul Gascoigne.
This layered, true-crime documentary uses previously unseen news archive, UGC and Moat’s own audio tapes to detail how the story evolved in real-time, and wonders what turned this seemingly ordinary man into a killer.
It also reveals the impact of 24-hour rolling news and social media, as events built to a dramatic climax.
Mrs. Brown’s Boys – new specials (available from late September 2023)
A new four episode mini-series of Mrs. Brown’s Boys. Starring Brendan O’Carroll in his hysterical drag persona, Mrs. Agnes Brown, the series revolves around the loud-mouthed Irish matriarch, whose favorite pastime is meddling in the lives of her six children and her friends.
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