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BritBox UK announce content launching on the service throughout December 2022.

1st December

I, Claudius (1976)

I, Claudius is a 1976 BBC Television adaptation of Robert Graves' I, Claudius and Claudius the God. Written by Jack Pulman, it proved one of the corporation's most successful drama serials of all time. It starred Derek Jacobi as Claudius, with Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed, John Hurt, and Patrick Stewart.

Mrs Brown (1998)

Rugged Scotsman John Brown is a lowly servant who looks after Queen Victoria's horses. Yet when circumstances bring them together, the result is a passionate friendship that scandalizes a nation. Grieving widow Queen Victoria withdraws into sadness for years, until plainspoken manservant John Brown disrupts her mourning. But as their friendship grows, it results in personal and political ramifications for both of them. Starring Dame Judi Dench and Billy Connolly.

A Bigger Splash (2015)

Rock legend Marianne Lane is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope and interrupts their holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue.

A Bigger Splash is a portrait of desire, jealousy and rock and roll, under the Mediterranean sun. Starring Ralph Fiennes, Dakota Johnson, Matthias Schoenaerts and Tilda Swinton.

8th December

Hawking (2004)

Fictionalised biography of Professor Stephen Hawking starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the young Stephen Hawking who, as a bright and ambitious 21 year-old PhD student at Cambridge University, is diagnosed with the debilitating motor neurone disease and given two years to live. The drama tells how, against the odds, he goes on to achieve scientific success and worldwide acclaim.

How About You (2008)

Ellie's in charge of a home for the elderly. All residents are spending Christmas with their families except The Hard Core four. They're so objectionable that the home faces closure because of them. Starring Orla Brady, Hayley Atwell and Vanessa Redgrave.

Truly Madly Deeply (1990)

Anthony Minghella writes and directs this British fantasy drama starring Juliet Stevenson and Alan Rickman. Following the death of her boyfriend Jamie (Rickman), Nina (Stevenson) is overwhelmed with grief and feels unable to go on living without him. However, when Jamie returns as a ghost, Nina is overjoyed to continue their relationship, until his behaviour gets out of control and she is left conflicted about his return. Will she finally learn to live without him?

15th December

Gimme Gimme Gimme (1999 - 2001)

Things can be a little tropical, not to mention stormy, in Paradise Passage - home to the irrepressible Linda and Tom. Innuendo's the order of the day, with the potty-mouthed flatmates' verbal sparring (and hopeless self-delusion) raining down on their poor neighbours. James Dreyfus camps it up as a thwarted thespian, while Kathy Burke is a true multi-coloured monster.

India 1947: Partition in Colour (2022)

Newly colourised film tells the story of the partition of India and the personal rivalries of some of the key players - from Viceroy Mountbatten to Nehru and the Viceroy's wife.

The Real Windsors (2022)

Filmed as the reign of Britain's longest serving monarch draws to a close, this inside story on the state of the world's most famous dynasty asks: what next for the monarchy?

Queen Victoria and the British Maharajah (2022)

From the real-life Downton Abbey to her Southall roots, acclaimed filmmaker Gurinder Chadha explores the remarkable life story o3f Prince Victor Duleep Singh, godson of Queen Victoria.

Wycliffe Series 3-5 (1996-1998)

Set amid the windswept beauty of Cornwall, this massively popular and highly acclaimed series stars Jack Shepherd as the quietly charismatic Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe, who leads a team investigating the region's most serious and challenging cases.

22nd December

Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps Series 1-9 (2001-2011)

Every episode of the comedy drama following the lives of five characters who are bumming their way through life, desperately trying to avoid the responsibilities of adulthood for as long as possible.

29th December

The Legend of Barney Thomson (2015)

Comedy crime drama with Robert Carlyle as a boring barber whose life goes from 0-60 when, after losing his job, he suddenly becomes a serial killer and falls from grace.

Henry V (1989)

Kenneth Branagh writes, directs and stars as the eponymous king in this adaptation of Shakespeare's play. The young King Henry V of England (Branagh), his days of carousing behind him, is advised of his legal claim to the French throne by leaders of the English Church. He decides to invade the country with his small and somewhat ragtag army, taking on the massed might of King Charles VI (Paul Scofield)'s French forces who outnumber their English counterparts five to one. The cast also includes Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, Judi Dench, Ian Holm and Emma Thompson.


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