Everyone’s favorite British content streaming service, BritBox, is keeping the entertainment flowing this winter with cozy mysteries, crime dramas and even an iconic soap joining the service for the first time.
The BBC Studios and ITV service will premiere three new original commissions this winter, Hope Street, Sister Boniface Mysteries, and Murder in Provence, in addition to the return of fan-favorite brands Vera, Father Brown, and Traces.
Show Descriptions and Premiere Dates Below:
Vera 11 – Date TBA
The highly anticipated second half of Vera S11 sees Vera investigating a daring port robbery, the death of a school teacher, a body discovered in a burned out car, and the web of intrigue surrounding the untimely demise of a young manager at a local green energy company. Vera will bring her usual brand of searing insight, caustic wit and fearless detection to these Northumberland cases involving family betrayals, toxic obsessions and long-buried secrets.
Father Brown S9 – premiering January 18
More charming countryside mysteries featuring the charismatic clergyman sleuth. The year is 1953, and the sleepy Costwold village of Kembleford is stirred by such dastardly deeds as murder at the local holiday camp and at Lady Felicia’s illustrious New Year Masked Ball. With a killer in his midst, could this be the last waltz for Father Brown? He also faces a race against time to unmask a mystery attacker before pernicious newcomer Lord Hawthorne has him hounded out of the parish for good. And Sid and Sergeant Goodfellow need his ingenuity to solve a fiendish kidnapping.
Doctors – premiering January 24
This long-running hit on BBC One follows the turbulent lives and loves of the staff and patients at a busy medical practice. In the UK, the series continues to dominate its daytime slot with engrossing storylines and a high-caliber cast. Serious explorations of medical conditions, passionate personal stories and some outrageous humor combine to create a unique, innovative and uplifting drama. A hotbed of future stars, Doctors has given early breaks to talent including Eddie Redmayne, Claire Foy, and Jodie Whittaker.
Hope Street – premiering January 31
Hope Street is set in the fictional town of Port Devine on the Northern Ireland coast and will focus on Port Devine’s police department and the mysterious arrival of English Detective Constable Leila Hussain, the first Muslim police officer in the town’s history. The character led series combines a long running serial narrative with self -contained crime stories in each episode.
Sister Boniface Mysteries – premiering February 8
From the makers of Father Brown and Shakespeare & Hathaway – Private Investigators comes a light-hearted murder mystery series starring a Vespa driving, crime solving Catholic nun: Sister Boniface. It’s the 1960s and police forensics are rudimentary. Luckily the residents of Great Slaughter, nestled deep in the British countryside, have a secret weapon. Sister Boniface. This nun might be predisposed to forgive – but she’s also one hell of an amateur detective. If there’s evidence to be found, Boniface will find it, with a little help from dashing maverick DI Sam Gillespie and buttoned-up Bermudan DS Felix Livingstone, who’s horrified to be stuck in the eccentric world of Great Slaughter.
The Beatles and India – premiering February 15
In his directorial debut inspired by his own book, Across the Universe – The Beatles in India, Ajoy Bose, alongside producer Reynold D’Silva (Audrey, The Ninth Gate), and co-director Pete Compton (It was Fifty Years Ago Today!) have created an audio-visual presentation that stands apart from the many documentaries produced about The Beatles, delving deep into the most crucial period of their evolution from the world’s most famous popstars, into multi- faceted pioneering musical artists. The Beatles and India features unseen recordings and photos, rare archival footage, eye-witness accounts as well as walkthroughs of the stunning locations in India the band visited.
Traces S2 – premiering February
Lab assistant Emma Hedges is now training to be a forensic chemist, and on the cusp of seeing her mother’s murder case finally resolved. Daniel is to give evidence against his father. Will Emma and Daniel’s relationship withstand the pressure? Will justice be served? Meanwhile, professors Sarah Gordon and Kathy Torrance are investigating a deadly bombing campaign. Homemade devices are going off around Dundee, with critical clues hidden inside the bombs. Will the team track down the bomber before their identity goes up in smoke?
Murder in Provence – premiering March 1
Starring Roger Allam (Endeavour, The Thick of It), Nancy Carroll (The Crown, Father Brown) and Keala Settle (The Greatest Showman), and based on the books by M.L. Longworth, Murder in Provence follows Antoine Verlaque (Allam), Investigating Judge in Aix-en Provence, and romantic partner Marine Bonnet (Carroll) as they investigate the murders, mysteries and dark underbelly of their idyllic home. Their efforts are aided by Hélène (Settle), a detective and Antoine’s trusted confidante.
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