Press Releases — BBC Worldwide Americas

August 17, 2017

Sean Bean, Idris Elba, James Nesbitt & Strictly Come Dancing Kick Off BritBox’s

New Dramas Broken, Five By Five Set for US Premieres Alongside

New Seasons of Returning UK Favorites Red Dwarf and Cold Feet

 Britain’s Biggest Reality Shows Strictly Come Dancing and

I’m A Celebrity Get, Me Out of Here Set For Stateside SVOD Debuts

New York – BritBox, the digital video streaming subscription channel from BBC Worldwide and ITV offering the largest collection of British TV in the U.S., announced its inaugural fall lineup today. Featuring a mix of new and returning series, many of the new additions will premiere Stateside shortly after their UK premiere.

The highlight of the fall schedule is a critically-acclaimed new drama from one of the UK’s most recognized actors, Sean Bean (Game of Thrones). Bean stars alongside Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) and Paula Malcomson (Ray Donovan) in Broken as Father Michael Kerrigan, a Catholic Priest in Northern England battling his own secret struggles. The drama comes from acclaimed screenwriter and producer Jimmy McGovern (Accused, The Street).

Kicking off and underpinning fall is British favorite Cold Feet, the 2017 series is produced in association with Big Talk Productions, ITV and BritBox US, who are the exclusive partner. This latest outing of the much loved hit returns with an ensemble cast led by James Nesbitt (The Hobbit). This season also features a Downton Abbey cast reunion with Siobhan Finneran joining Robert Bathurst and the rest of the gang as they search for love and make their way through life with all its tears and joy.

BritBox will also become the exclusive U.S. home to Five By Five, a special featuring five short films created by and starring Golden Globe winner Idris Elba (Luther).  All set in London, the short films feature new writers who highlight new on-screen talent that work alongside established names.  The story centers around teenager Ash (Michael Ajao) who has a chance encounter that leads him to make a dangerous decision starting a chain reaction that plays out across the five connected shorts.

In addition BritBox will be the US home to the new season of popular sci-fi satire Red Dwarf and for the first time on U.S. streaming, dance competition giant Strictly Come Dancing – the show that led to the American sensation Dancing with the Stars. The network has also acquired the rights to the new season of popular UK reality show I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. Both programs will be available under BritBox’s “Now” section not long after their original UK airings.

“BritBox is the ultimate destination for fans looking to get their British TV fix,” said BritBox President, Soumya Sriraman. “What really sets our service apart is the ability to give our audience many of the same great shows UK viewers get to see, in many cases a day after they air across the pond. The new programs we are adding range from exclusive, edge-of-your-seat dramas to beloved reality shows, ensuring BritBox has plenty of hours of content that will appeal to all British TV lovers.”

Here is a rundown of some of the new programming available this fall. Exact dates will be released closer to premiere.

 NEW SERIES:

  • Broken – A Catholic Priest in Northern England must battle his own secret tussles while being a confidante, counsellor, and confessor to a community that is struggling to balance faith with the harsh realities of daily life. Yet everything spirals out of control when tragedy hits a local mother of three left with no way to feed her children. Starring Sean Bean, Anna Friel, Paula Malcomson, Adrian Dunbar, and Muna Otaru star. (October)
  • Five By Five – Five writers. Five characters. One story. Set in London, the special is made up of five standalone films featuring chance encounters people face which question identity and change perception. At the center is a teenager looking to make his mark, but reality doesn’t quite deliver. A happenstance leads him to make a dangerous decision, starting a chain reaction that plays out across these five connected short films. Idris Elba headlines along with a cast including Georgina Campbell, Ben Tavassoli, and Sope Dirisu. (November)

NEW SEASONS:

  • Cold Feet (2017) – Life is not drama or comedy – it’s both and more. Cold Feet’s genuine portrayal of every funny, ridiculous, intense moment life has to offer has fans hooked. Cold Feet follows the intertwined relationships of six Manchester based friends, who despite now being 50-something prove that you can grow older but no wiser.  James Nesbitt, John Thomson, Fay Ripley, Robert Bathurst, Hermione Norris and Siobhan Finneran star. (September – “Now” title*)
  • Red Dwarf (Season 12) – The Emmy®-winning comedy returns for more hilarious intergalactic adventures, with the original cast on board. Red Dwarf’s new season sees the gang stranded in a scientific research center populated by several infamous figures from history who’ve been “cured” of evil. The Dwarfers also have to contend with out-of-control corporations that have the ability to make products they don’t produce invisible, and we meet some old friends when Rimmer decides to leave Red Dwarf in search of a dimension where he isn’t such a giant loser. With big laughs and dazzling effects, this new series of Red Dwarf recaptures the golden age of the legendary sci-fi sitcom. Craig Charles, Chris Barrie, Danny John-Jules, and Robert Llewellyn star. (Fall – “Now” title*)

REALITY PROGRAMMING:

  • Strictly Come Dancing (Season 15) – Before Dancing with the Starshit the States, there was the original reality giant – Strictly Come Dancing. The long-running series will make its U.S. SOVD debut as a new group of celebrities and their professional dance partners battle it out every week. Craig Revel-Horwood, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Darcey Bussell judge. (September – “Now” title*)
  • I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here (Season 17) – A group of celebrities have left behind their lives of luxury, leaping straight into the heart of the jungle – where only one will be crowned King or Queen.  Dropped into a remote location, our group of celebrities must live together in an isolated camp, with cameras watching them 24/7.  (Fall – “Now” title*)

*“Now” titles denote new episodes will be available shortly after UK debut. Exact dates vary by title.

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 online at www.amazon.com/channels/britbox. BritBox is only available in the USA