May 20, 2020

Two New Britbox Originals Sticks and Stones From Mike Bartlett & Isolation Stories From Jeff Pope the First Drama Series Produced During ‘Social Distancing’ to Premiere on BritBox in June

Streaming Service Continues to Add to the Largest Collection of Agatha Christie
with Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans, Agatha Christie’s Seven Dials Mystery and Agatha Christie’s Secret Adversary

New York, NY —BritBox, the subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV, offering the biggest collection of streaming British television in North America, unveils an extraordinary lineup for June, with everything from new BritBox Originals, to classic British fare. Included in the lineup is Sticks & Stones (TRAILER), a chilling new drama from Mike Bartlett on June 9, alongside a playlist filled with iconic shows that center around the workplace including The Office (IMAGES & CLIP) and Yes, Minister (IMAGES).

Also premiering this month is the first drama produced during ‘social distancing’, the four-episode limited series, Isolation Stories (IMAGES), produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope (Philomena).

Also premiering this month is the first drama produced during ‘social distancing’, the four-episode limited series, Isolation Stories (IMAGES), produced by Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope (Philomena).

Adding to the already vast and prestigious Agatha Christie collection, three new films based on the mystery writer’s tales will be added the service: Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans (IMAGES), Agatha Christie’s Seven Dials Mystery (IMAGES) and Agatha Christie’s Secret Adversary (IMAGES). Casts include popular British actors – EGOT winner Sir John Gielgud, BAFTA winners Francesca Annis and Cheryl Campbell, and Tony Award winner Joan Hickson as Miss Marple.

Kicking off the month, Springwatch (IMAGES)returns with the very best of British wildlife and its special lineup of presenters document the season from quarantine.

All Assets are available HERE and screeners for select series are available upon request.

June 2020 BritBox Monthly Listings include:

  • June 1, 2020: Springwatch (NOW, BritBox Exclusive, North American Premiere) 10 Episodes
    New Episodes Dailly IMAGES
    As we find ourselves in uncertain times, Springwatch returns with a special program that keeps us connected to the very best of UK wildlife. The presenters adjusted to the new normal and found innovative ways to film from their own local areas. Watch as Chris Packham, Gillian Burke and Lola Williams bring the comfort of spring to our homes once again.
  • June 5, 2020: MI-5 S6-10 | 40 x 60 (New to BritBox) IMAGES
    This action-packed espionage drama that takes us into the thrilling underworld of MI-5, the clandestine security service, their organized crime, terrorist activities, embassy sieges, weapons proliferation, subversives, anarchists and drug traffickers, not to mention the conflicts and power struggles that they have to deal with back in the office. It is a topical and edgy drama about passion, jeopardy and the intrigue of people who have to lie for a living – and who can never tell the truth to their loved ones about what it is that they do.
  • June 9, 2020: Sticks & Stones | 3 x 60 (Original, North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive)
    Premiere – Episode 1 (TRAILER & IMAGES)
    The new drama from Mike Bartlett (Doctor Foster, Press) centers on the personal and professional life of Thomas Benson played by Ben Nwosu (Killing Eve, Christopher Robin), who finds himself trying to secure new business while enduring a virulent, backstabbing company culture. When he freezes during a pitch, the fall out is beyond monumental. Despite the negative pressures, Thomas goes to increasingly desperate lengths to remain successful and control his team. Unfortunately, he continues to be undermined, attacked and ultimately spirals out of control. Has he lost his confidence and is just being paranoid? Is his own team, and maybe the wider world, now out to get him? Blending dark humor with intense drama, Sticks & Stones is a timely and globally relevant exploration of the potential cruelty of commercial competition and its impact on our psychology and humanity. Directed by Julia Ford and produced by Colin Wratten, this contemporary workplace drama also stars BAFTA®-winner Ben Miller, Sean Sagar, Susannah Fielding, Ritu Arya and Alexandra Roach.
  • June 9, 2020: Business As Usual (BritBox Event)  
    • The Office IMAGES
      This award-winning, genre defining mockumentary follows the day-to-day lives of office employees in the Slough branch of Wernham Hogg paper company. Co-created by Golden Globe Winner Ricky Gervais and Emmy Winner Stephen Merchant, cameras follow the employees, including office manager David Brent, as they go about their days.
    • Ordinary Lies – IMAGES
      Acclaimed writer Danny Brocklehurst (In The Dark, Shameless) delivers this dark comedy about desperation and drastic solutions in a motor showroom. Each episode is filled with dark secrets, and lies that quickly escalate with shocking consequences.
    • Damned – TRAILER & IMAGES
      This comedy set in the social services department of a local authority follows social workers Rose (Jo Brand) and Al (Alan Davies) as they fight to keep Elm Health Children’s Services afloat. Battling against the tide of bureaucracy, government cuts, useless temporary staff and a growing client list, welcome to the world of Damned.
    • Not Safe for Work –
      Civil servant Katherine (Zawe Ashton) is forced to relocate from London to a satellite office in Northampton due to budget cuts.
    • Age Before Beauty –  TRAILER & IMAGES  
      From the writer of Poldark, this addictive drama set in a Manchester beauty salon explores the lives of a dysfunctional family through personal feuds of rivalries. The series follows Bel, a mother-of-two, as she navigates both personal and professional challenges alongside her family.
    • Yes, Minister – IMAGES  
      Written by Anthony Jay and Jonathan Lynn, this political satire tells the story of James Hacker, the newly-appointed Cabinet Minister for Administrative Affairs. Despite opposition from the British Civil Service, including his Permanent Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, Hacker sets out to formulate and implement policy based on his ideas for reform.
    • Yes, Prime Minister – IMAGES  
      The original writers of Yes, Minister reunite to continue the story of James Hacker, as he is now Prime Minister and Sir Humphrey Appleby is Cabinet Secretary. In this sequel, Hacker continues to find his every move challenged by the British Civil Service, and his first term is marked with everything from defense policy to a spy scandal.
  • June 12, 2020: Agatha Christie’s Why Didn’t They Ask Evans (1980) | 1 x 210
    (New to BritBox, BritBox Exclusive) IMAGES
    The gripping adaptation of Agatha Christie’s superb classic comedy thriller, in which Bobby Jones (James Warwick) and Lady Frankie Derwent (Francesca Annis) solve the mystery of a dying man’s last words, “Why Didn’t They Ask Evans?” Sir John Gielgud, Joan Hickson and Eric Porter also starring  in this tale of murder, suspense, intrigue and false identities.
  • June 16, 2020: Panorama Coronavirus: The Scientific Battle | 1 x 30
    (North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive) IMAGES
    As politicians decide how and when to lift the lock-down, Panorama reports from the scientific front line, finding out how science can help us defeat the COVID-19 coronavirus. With access to key drug and vaccine trials, the program reveals a race against time to help save lives. It also asks, when are we likely to be able to return to a normal life?
  • June 16, 2020: Sticks & Stones |Episode 2  IMAGES
    Thomas, under increased pressure from the threat of redundancy and feeling undermined by his colleagues, is determined to prove himself. However, the consequences of one night, in which he has a drink with his boss Chris Carter, tries to impress his old school friend and potential new client Mark Baxter and have a dinner with his wife and her father, only causes his life to spiral further.
  • June 19, 2020: Agatha Christie’s Seven Dials Mystery (1981) | 1 x 150
    (New to BritBox, BritBox Exclusive) IMAGES
    Set in the late 1920’s, this thrilling whodunnit involves international intrigue, romance, murder and a shoal of red herrings. Lady Eileen “Bundle” Brent is an aggressive young aristocrat who insinuates herself into a series of murders, stolen secrets, and a mysterious secret society. The all-star cast includes Cheryl Campbell, James Warwick, Sir John Gielgud, Rula Lenska and John Vine.
  • June 23, 2020: Sticks & Stones |Finale IMAGES
    In an emotionally explosive finale, Thomas finally confronts his boss Chris Carter about how he feels the team have treated him. Carter is sceptical and Thomas’s examples of the team’s behaviour sound deniable. Insisting that the situation is resolved that day Thomas waits while Carter talks to the team. All is finally laid bare in an emotional and shocking showdown, as with nowhere left to turn and nothing to lose, Thomas decides to confront his demons.
  • June 23, 2020: Isolation Stories| 4 x 15 (New to BritBox, BritBox Exclusive) IMAGES
    Executive produced and written by Oscar-nominee Jeff Pope, the series was filmed observing the strict rules of lockdown and each focuses on different life-in-lockdown situations. Guided remotely by a selection of acclaimed directors including Paul Whittington (Hatton Garden Heist, The Moorside), Paul Andrew Williams (A Confession, Broadchurch), Louise Hooper (Flesh & Blood, Colby Street) and David Blair (The Street, Accused), the actors and their families filmed the scenes themselves. Sheridan Smith, Robert Glenister, Tom Glenister, Darren Boyd, Angela Griffin, David Threlfall and Eddie Marsan headline the cast.
  • June 26, 2020: Agatha Christie’s Secret Adversary | 1 x 120 (New to BritBox, BritBox Exclusive)  IMAGES
    This film is an introduction to the series of Agatha Christie thriller “Partners in Crime”. Set in 1922, it stars Francesca Annis and James Warwick as novice sleuths Tommy Bereford and Tuppence Cowley.

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