BritBox has officially launched today in Australia, giving viewers the chance to enjoy the largest streaming collection of British drama and comedy on demand, all in one place – and best of all, you can find it now on Telstra TV. Here are just a few of our faves to get you started.
A partnership between BBC Studios and ITV, BritBox offers subscribers a unique experience, with thousands of hours of the greatest British dramas, comedies, docos and lifestyle shows at your fingertips.
Since today is officially Doctor Who Day, what better way to start this list than with the iconic cult favourite British sci-fi series available in its 37 season, 727 episode entirety exclusively on BritBox.
Go back to where it all began on this day in 1963 for the First Doctor played by William Hartnell, all the way through to the latest regeneration, portrayed by Jodie Whittaker – as this shapeshifting, TARDIS-travelling immortal Time Lord journeys across “a big ball of wibbly wobbly, timey wimey stuff” to battle Daleks, Cybermen, Sontarans, The Master and Davros.
Spawning magazines, novels, and audio plays, the enduring appeal of the series has been its limitless genre-jumping storylines and low-budget nerdy charm, combined with a plethora of brilliantly talented cast members including Tom Baker, David Tennant, Peter Capaldi, Billie Piper, Catherine Tate and Kylie Minogue to name but a few.
From one enduring favourite to the remake of another much-beloved classic, BritBox is also the exclusive Australian home of the 2020 reboot of All Creatures Great And Small.
Returning to our screens after 40 years, this enchanting new comedy-drama series was a ratings success when it premiered in the UK earlier this year. Based on James Herriot’s series of novels set in the 1930s, it follows the life of a recently graduated Scottish vet (played by Nicholas Ralph) who moves to the lush-green rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales in Northern England for work.
When he meets the town’s current unconventional vet, Siegfried (Samuel West), he’s put to the test right away – with hilariously mixed results. After being kicked over in the mud while mending a horse’s hoof and mixing up cats to be desexed after a few too many pints with the welcoming locals, James eventually makes good with the life-saving delivery of a calf, earning himself a permanent job in this idyllic rural community.
Nobody does a harrowing crime drama better than the Brits, and A Confession is a prime example of one that combines intelligent writing, superb acting and a relentlessly gripping mix of intrigue and dread from start to finish.
Based on a true story, this six-part series from lauded screenwriter Jeff Pope stars Martin Freeman as Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher, tasked with investigating the disappearance of twenty-two year old Sian O’Callaghan. When Sian fails to return home after a night out with friends, her boyfriend (Charlie Cooper) contacts Wiltshire Police.
As detectives retrace the girl’s movements from the night, a large scale search begins. Seeing the search on TV, Karen Edwards (Imelda Staunton) is reminded of her own daughter’s disappearance eight years earlier. But when a local taxi driver (Joe Absolom) is questioned, the case takes a worrying turn – and Detective Fulcher’s career ends up in jeopardy as a result.
Also well-known for their dry, sarcastic and self-deprecating sense of humour, Britons have produced some of the best sitcoms to date – including revered comedies like Fawlty Towers, Blackadder, The Vicar of Dibley, Keeping Up Appearances and The Office – all available on BritBox. But none are perhaps as uniquely absurd, incisively witty and hilariously quotable as AbFab.
Starring Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley, the series follows the misadventures of a pair of Bolly-swilling, chain-smoking, aging London socialites who will do anything to stay hip. Edina Monsoon (Saunders) barely runs her own PR firm in between hungover mornings, liquid lunches with best friend and fashion mag editor Patsy Stone (Lumley) and constant arguments with her uptight uni student daughter Saffy (Julia Sawalha).
Her air-headed assistant, Bubble (Jane Horrocks) isn’t any help either, nor is her sticky-fingered mother June (June Whitfield). Outrageously over-the-top and yet incredibly endearing, it’s a satirical masterpiece befitting its title.
Sir David Attenborough is synonymous with the world’s best nature documentaries – his authentically warm and wondrous narrative voice conveying the marvel and majesty he clearly feels when exploring the world’s creatures and the environments they inhabit.
In 1960, Sir David traveled to Madagascar to film one of his first television series, Zoo Quest. He left the island with a giant egg in tow, once belonging to the largest bird in existence, the now extinct Elephant Bird. Half a century later, Attenborough returns to Madagascar to uncover more about the bird and what led to the demise of its species, hoping that knowledge could help save the island’s remaining natural fauna.
Combining archival footage, interviews with Madagascar’s wildlife preservation specialists and Oxford University scientists who are able to date David’s giant egg, the film provides a fascinating look into a creature that has personally captivated Attenborough’s imagination for almost half of his life.
In what’s dubbed “the ultimate try before you buy” lifestyle series, Your Home Made Perfect is a home renovation series like no other.
Using virtual reality and lifelike visual effects, two rival architects present their unique remodelling visions to homeowners who have grown tired of their surroundings. Presented by Angela Scanlon, architects Laura Jane Clark and Robert Jamison meet with their clients and explore the space, before drawing up detailed plans to meet their goals, budget and council planning regulations.
Then, without lifting a shovel, knocking down a wall or buying a stick of furniture, they each use VR goggles to present their ambitious and very detailed plans to the owners – with the chosen option then being replicated for real.
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