If you haven’t heard about BritBox yet, then you’re in the right place to get the deets. With DSTV moving away from some of our favourite British programming it seems only fitting that this new digital subscription video on demand service jump right in and offer the largest and most comprehensive, and to be frank, unmissable collection of British entertainment available, all in one place.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t think there’d be this much content on here but after a bit of a nosey around last night, and with the promise of more more more, I might not need some of my other subscriptions anymore because this is the kind of telly I like to watch.
In short, the BBC and ITV have joined forces to deliver the UK’s favourite programmes ranging from brand new original commissions to some old faves across a variety of genres. Drama, crime thrillers, classic comedy and powerful documentaries, reality hits and entertainment, there’s a lot on here! BritBox is home to a wealth of unique content from its parent companies. They’ve also announced that they’ll be commissioning fresh, original content from British production companies exclusively for BritBox.
You’ll be pleased to know that you can access BritBox on multiple platforms, including the web, mobile, tablet, streaming devices and connected TVs. A quick search in my Play Store and I found the app, downloaded it and signed up, entering details etc.
The Line of Duty
The edge-of-your-seat police drama Line of Duty, one of the hottest current UK television programs, sits at the top of the BritBox launch menu. Season six of the acclaimed and award-winning series is available in South Africa, straight from British screens where it drew 15 million viewers for the nail-biting climax, making it the UK’s most-watched drama series of the twenty-first century to date.
Professor T, who is haunted by childhood trauma and contends with a demanding mother, takes a hands-on role in solving crimes while battling his neuroses, is another exclusive crime drama to binge-watch.
If, like me you’re a little concerned about signing up for ANOTHER streaming service and then having ‘nothing to watch’, I have a feeling there might be too much choice here. I’ll definitely be able to revisit some old childhood favourites, like popping in to see Victor Meldrew in One Foot in the Grave (my grandad, then my dad, now me through and through – I still remember one of his tunes!) or looking in on Hyacinth and poor Richard: “minding the cyclist, Hyancinth!” in Keeping up Appearances, while also getting to catch up on the last season of Victoria, which other channels missed.
Not to use an American cliché but I feel like a “kid in a candy store” because there seems to be plenty. If you want recommendations – let me know! BUT! Nobody tell my mom the Antiques Roadshow is on here though or she’ll never leave my house!
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