BritBox Now Has 9 Amazing Shows You Can Stream
That there isn't more British television is its only flaw. Seasons are typically shorter than their American counterparts, leaving viewers wanting more.
Announcing BritBox Some of the most well-known American adaptations of British shows like "Downton Abbey," "Doctor Who," and "Prime Suspect" are available on the BBC and ITV streaming service. ) in its catalog, as well as a sizable collection of English classics that may not have enjoyed the same level of success in North America. From BritBox's most popular genre—murder mysteries—to perfectly understated British comedies, we've compiled a list of the best shows you can stream on the service.
One, "Why Didn't They Ask Evans?"
Why Didn't They Ask Evans?, adapted from the Agatha Christie novel of the same name, is a lively and entertaining murder mystery set in the 1930s that is full of surprises and witty repartee. The character played by Will Poulter, Bobby Jones, is a lost naval officer who is the only eyewitness to the dying man's final words: "Why didn't they ask Evans?" Bobby investigates the riddle with the help of his feisty childhood friend Frankie (Lucy Boynton), and he learns more than he expected. Evans, directed by Hugh Laurie and starring a brilliant ensemble, is a sprightly and astute take on the sophisticated mystery genre, with all the expected elements of suspense and comedy. To be made available on streaming services starting on April 12
The Cleaner, Part 2
Greg Davies stars as crime scene cleaner Paul "Wicky" Wickstead in this unexpectedly upbeat and silly British comedy. In each episode, Paul goes to a different house, meets a different strange person, and cleans up a different ridiculously gory mess of human remains, always with a delightfully dry and perfectly British annoyance (a horrific, bloody scene means he'll have to be late for curry night at the pub). ) Greg Davies' affability and likeability help "The Cleaner" stand out, and it's a pleasure to see him work with a new crop of A-listers (Helena Bonham Carter, David Mitchell, and others) in each episode.
Mark Cobden, played by Sean Bean, is a shy teacher who, after killing someone by accident, is forced to adjust to life behind bars. But on the flip side, there's Stephen Graham's Eric McNally, a morally upstanding prison guard who must decide whether to put his family's safety ahead of his own. Time is an emotionally resonant and incisive look at the modern prison system and its effects on society at large. The performances are excellent. Bean and Graham in particular deliver grounded, contained, and powerful performances, but all the characters, no matter how minor, feel piercingly real. Don't miss this heartfelt and vexing drama.
Title: "Father Brown"
When it comes to television murder mysteries, "Father Brown" is consistently ranked among the best. Season nine and counting, this charming series has been captivating viewers with its clever mysteries and beautiful period costumes and quaint English cottages. With "Harry Potter" star Mark Williams in the title role, "Father Brown" is the epitome of the cozy mystery, boasting intricate puzzles, surprising plot twists, and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Despite being about murder, the show is as comforting as a hot cup of tea on a cold day. The "Sister Boniface Mysteries," a "Father Brown" spin-off about a moped-riding nun with a PhD in forensic science who makes wine and solves crime in her spare time, is an even cozier and quirkier mystery romp.
A Father Brown Cartoon
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DCI Vera Stanhope, played by Brenda Blethyn, is a snarky detective whose aptitude for solving murders is far outmatched by her interpersonal abilities. She's an exceptional detective despite her volatile personality, brusque manner, and single-minded focus. Vera is obsessed with solving murders and dismissive of her own demons as she takes on a series of increasingly bizarre cases. There are currently 11 seasons of the popular crime show planned, and there are no signs of that ending anytime soon. If you're looking for a murder mystery that will satisfy your need for suspense and excitement without sacrificing pace or character development, look no further than "Vera."
The sixth term is "Cranford."
For dramatic effect, a murder isn't necessary in every story. “ Cranford” is an ideal, endearing, and (almost surprisingly) fascinating show set in a sleepy English village in the 1840s This Emmy-winning miniseries revolves around a group of elderly spinsters and widows and is propelled primarily by town gossip, low-stakes scandals, and the fear of the newfangled railroad.
Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, and Imelda Staunton deftly direct a stellar supporting cast. Cranford residents have their disagreements, but they always come back to each other with love when it counts. Cranford, a town that teeters on the edge of modernity while clinging to its past, is a major player in the story. The sheer beauty of this show, which is both charming and heartfelt, cannot be overstated.
7. In the "Line of Duty"
DS Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) is transferred to the anti-corruption unit after refusing to take part in a coverup. He works alongside DC Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar) to uncover the corruption within the police department. A masterful drama that will keep you guessing (Who's the corrupt one?) Who is being honest here? until the last possible moment Line of Duty is a gripping, thrilling, and brilliant masterclass in suspense that will leave you gasping for air and wanting more.
The British have a unique talent for making uncomfortable comedy. Lesley Manville shines brightly in the role of Kathy, a strong woman who is coping with the death of her husband. Although they're entertainingly crazy and clueless, her family isn't much help. Kathy's wry acceptance of even the smallest irritations of life after loss makes what could be a depressing show feel surprisingly warm. This is a comedy of manners about death, but even the silliest characters are accorded a certain degree of affection, ensuring the success of the piece. The film "Mum" is a success because it is well-edited, humorous, and emotionally resonant in ways that were not anticipated.
For dramatic purposes, there is nothing more exciting than a murder mystery set in a sleepy little town. What you get is a magnetic and often brilliant suspense series when that small town is more of a hamlet on the remote Shetland Islands far off the coast of Scotland. Based on the works of Ann Cleeves, "Shetland" follows Detective Inspector Jimmy Peréz as he solves crimes in a remote part of the world where there is no reliable cell service and crime scenes can only be reached by boat. 'Shetland' is a murder mystery with a dark and touching atmosphere that will keep you guessing until the very end.
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