What’s coming soon to BritBox UK in August 2020?
James R | On 29, Jul 2020
BritBox, the streaming service created by BBC and ITV, has officially gone live in the UK, as the public service broadcasters team up to take on Netflix.
This summer, it’s whisking us away from the current state of the world with a slew of sci-fi both classic and cult, from The Prisoner to additional Thunderbirds episodes, while comedy courtesy of Quacks and Ghosts – plus every episode of the UK edition of The Masked Singer.
Here’s what’s coming soon to BritBox in August 2020:
Enid – 6th August
An illuminating and surprising drama telling the story of arguably the most popular children’s storyteller of all, Enid Blyton. It reveals how Blyton became the writer who would capture more youthful imaginations than anyone else, following her career from ambitions, driven and as yet unpublished young woman to household name and moral guardian. Starring Helena Bonham Carter and Matthew Macfadyen.
Have I Got News For You Season 58 – 6th August
Recent season of the long-running, topical news quiz with team captains Ian Hislop and Paul Merton.
The Stand Up Sketch Show Seasons 1 and 2 – 6th August
A variety comedy show packed with stand-up routines from some of the nation’s most loved comedians.
Trevor McDonald Collection – 6th August
A selection of acclaimed documentaries hosted by Sir Trevor McDonald including Babes in the Wood (2019), Britain’s Greatest National Treasures (2019), Invitation to a Royal Wedding (2018), Victoria’s Palace (2019) and Death Row (2018).
Made in Chelsea Seasons 12 to 16 – 13th August
A further four seasons of the popular reality series.
The Prisoner (1967) – 20th August
All 17 episodes of the television drama created by and starring Patrick McGoohan. A former British secret agent is abducted and held captive in a strange coastal village while those who captured him try to discover the truth of why he suddenly resigned from his position.
Sapphire & Steel (1979) – 20th August
The complete collection featuring all six seasons and 34 episodes from the sci-fi series starring Joanna Lumley and David McCallum as Sapphire and Steel, the mysterious agents charged with protecting the universe from the malevolent forces of time with their uncanny powers. Created by P.J. Hammond.
Space 1999 (1975) – 20th August
Every episode of Gerry Anderson’s popular science fiction series. Commander Koenig (Martin Landau) and the crew of Moonbase Alpha face various alien threats as they attempt to return to Earth.
Thunderbirds (1965) – 20th August
The initial 10-episode collection is being expanded and will now feature all 32 episodes of Gerry Anderson’s cult Supermarionation series.
Thunderbirds: 1965 (2015) – 20th August
Made available to the public at large for the very first time; Thunderbirds 1965 consists of three brand new episodes of Thunderbirds that were created to celebrate the show’s 50th anniversary, using all the classic techniques. The episodes were based on three original 1960s voice recordings, and sets, puppets, and models matching the originals were created by hand to bring the episodes to life. The series premiered at the BFI in August 2016.
Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons (1967) – 20th August
All 32 episodes of Gerry Anderson’s cult Supermarionation series chronicling Captain Scarlet’s battle to save Earth from a Mysteron invasion.
UFO (1970) – 20th August
All 26 episodes of the British sci-fi series set in 1980 as Earth is being invaded by aliens fleeing their dying planet and seeking human organs to extend their lifespan. Specialist task force SHADO (Supreme Headquarters Alien Defence Organisation), headed by Commander Edward Straker (Ed Bishop), must defend Earth against these mysterious hostile creatures while containing knowledge of them to avoid widespread panic.
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) – 20th August
The complete episodes of Randall And Hopkirk (Deceased) starring Mike Pratt as Jeff Randall, Kenneth Cope as his ghostly partner Marty Hopkirk and Annette Andre as Marty’s widow Jean.
Ghosts (2019) – 20th August
A comedy series about a young couple who inherit a grand country house, only to find it is both falling apart and teaming with the ghosts of former inhabitants. Starring Lolly Adefope, Jim Howick and Charlotte Richie.
Out of this World CollectionA collection of vintage and cult science fiction television programmes. Please see the full press release here
The Masked Singer – 27th August
Part guessing game and part singing show, this spectacular series sees 12 famous faces compete to pull off the best performance, with their identity elaborately and imaginatively concealed, thanks to an expert team of talented costume designers.
Quacks – 27th August
A sitcom following the progress of four young medical pioneers in the daring and wild days of Victorian medicine. Starring Rory Kinnear, Mathew Baynton, Tom Basden, Lydia Leonard and Rupert Everett.
A subscription to BritBox UK costs £5.99 a month, with titles available in HD.