October 18, 2017
QI, Escape to the Country, Merlin, and Against the Law Among Initial Titles from FremantleMedia International Joining Strong Roster of Existing BBC and ITV Programming
New Deal Reinforces Streaming Service’s Position as Biggest Collection of British Television in the U.S.
New York – October 18, 2017 Today at MIPCOM, BritBox, the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) streaming service from BBC Worldwide, the commercial arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster, announced its first ever third party deal to bring content from media giant FremantleMedia International to the service starting this month. Through this deal, BritBox, which launched earlier this year, continues to be the biggest collection of streaming British television in the U.S.
Kicking off the new programming in the “Now” category, spotlighting shows available as soon as 24 hours after their UK broadcast:
- QI, part razor sharp comedy, part trivia quiz show, QI features contestants rewarded more for “quite interesting” answers than accurate ones. Host Sandi Toksvig (Great British Baking Show) is joined each week by beloved British comedian Alan Davies and three celebrity guests to share anecdotes, swap trivia, and maybe answer some questions as well. QI will join the BritBox roster starting on October 20th with the first episode from its newest season and all episodes of the previous season. Subsequent new episodes will post each week.
- The hugely popular factual property series Escape to the Country, which will soon begin its 25th season, is comprised of 70 hour-long episodes. The series shines a light on different regions of the UK and helps genuine house buyers who want to escape town or city living to find their ideal home and achieve their ambition of enjoying a completely new.
The deal will also include award-winning series Merlin, starring Oscar® nominee John Hurt (Doctor Who, Harry Potter), Colin Morgan (The Huntsman: Winter’s War, The Fall), and Katie McGrath (Supergirl, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword), as well as new programs, like critically acclaimed feature drama Against The Law. Daniel Mays (Rogue One), Richard Gadd (Tripped), and Mark Gatiss (Sherlock) star in this 90- minute docudrama centered around the infamous Montagu Trial – one of the most explosive court cases of the 1950s.
“Showcasing the best of British television is what BritBox is all about,” said Soumya Sriraman, President, BritBox. “Expanding our offering with content created and distributed by leading British television creators and distributors of Fremantle’s scale and magnitude only catapults us closer to our end goal.”
“We are excited to be partnering with Britbox as they continue to build a fan base for top British programming in the U.S.,” said Lisa Honig, EVP, International Distribution for FremantleMedia International in North America. “We work with both our in-house FremantleMedia UK and third party producers to collate a bold, diverse, and exciting catalogue of the very best of British programming, and we’re thrilled that U.S. viewers will get to enjoy it via BritBox.”
Offering the most comprehensive collection of British television available digitally, BritBox is the exclusive SVOD home to U.S. premieres of popular UK programs such as Broken, The Moorside, Mum, and the long-form adaptation of Zadie Smith’s NW. Also included are renowned series like Poirot, Upstairs Downstairs, Miss Marple, and the largest collection of classic Doctor Who. The service also features a “Now” category that offers programs 24-hours after their UK broadcast. New to the category this season are hit reality shows Strictly Come Dancing and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, along with Cold Feet, Red Dwarf, EastEnders, Coronation Street, and Emmerdale, with more to come this fall.
BritBox is now available for $6.99 per month—after an introductory fee trial period—on Roku®, Apple TV 4th Gen, all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online at www.britbox.com. BritBox is also offered as an Amazon Channel available for Prime members on all Amazon Video capable devices and platforms including Amazon Fire TV and tablets, as well as online. BritBox is only available in the U.S.