BritBox has unveiled its January 2022 lineup, including the premiere of Hope Street, a BritBox Original crime drama set in Northern Ireland; Part 2 of Vera Season 11 starring award-winner Brenda Blethyn; and Father Brown Season 9.
You can check out the full lineup below.
Available January 1
Vera S1, 2 & 6 | BritBox Exclusive, New to BritBox | 12 X 120
Just in time for a New Year’s binge, Vera S1, 2 & 6 arrive home on BritBox.
· Season 1: Vera (Brenda Blethyn Kate & Koji, Secrets & Lies) takes on her first murder case since the death of her father. Julie Armstrong is distraught when she discovers the lifeless body of her teenage son, Luke. He has been strangled and then carefully placed in a bath decorated with wildflowers. Vera and Sergeant Joe Ashworth have barely begun their investigation when another body turns up and the signs point to a serial killer. When Luke’s sister Laura provides a vital clue and then goes missing, Vera and Joe have a race against time to find the murderer and save Laura’s life.
· Season 2: Driven by work and her own personal demons, Vera, along with her trusted and long-suffering colleague, Sergeant Joe Ashworth, is faced with a number of daunting cases. She delves into the unsettling private life of an old colleague, attempts to break through the code of secrecy in the army, and copes with the impact on a family torn apart by addiction.
· Season 6: Detective Chief Inspector Vera Stanhope, Detective Sergeant Aiden Healy (Kenny Doughty) and their team carry out various murder investigations including the deaths of an elderly grandmother, a local teenager, and a hit-and-run victim.
Mrs. Brown’s Boys New Year Special 2022 | US Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 1 X 30
This New Year is all about reconciliation and fresh starts in the Brown household, but not everyone seems to have got the message. Grandad’s brother Mickey is fresh out of prison and decides to stop by for a visit. Everyone except Grandad is suspicious when he shows up asking for 5,000 euros to invest in a South African gold mine. Winnie, inspired by Cathy’s book, is on a daredevil mission to change the trajectory of her life, while Mrs. Brown’s boys are forced to have a heart to heart.
Available January 3
Doctors 2022 | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 200 X 30’ | NOW
This long-running hit on BBC One follows the turbulent lives and loves of the staff and patients at a busy medical practice. The series continues to dominate its daytime slot across the pond with engrossing storylines and a high-caliber cast. Serious explorations of medical conditions, passionate personal stories, and some outrageous humor combine to create a unique, innovative, and uplifting drama. A hotbed of future stars, Doctors has given early breaks to talent including Eddie Redmayne (Les Misérables, The Theory of Everything), Claire Foy (The Crown, Upstairs Downstairs), and Jodie Whittaker (Doctor Who, Broadchurch).
Available January 9
Vera S11 | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | Airs Weekly
DCI Vera Stanhope (Brenda Blethyn Kate & Koji, Secrets & Lies) returns, leading her diligent team of detectives as they investigate complex and murderous crimes. The highly anticipated second installment of Vera S11 sees Vera investigating a daring port robbery, the death of a school teacher, a body discovered in a burned-out car, and the web of intrigue surrounding the untimely demise of a young manager at a local green energy company. Vera will bring her usual brand of searing insight, caustic wit, and fearless detection to these Northumberland cases involving family betrayals, toxic obsessions, and long-buried secrets.
Available January 14
24 Hours in Police Custody S9 | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 6X60’
Using fixed rig and handheld cameras with unique access to both detectives and suspects, viewers will be captivated by close-up detail of interrogations as each case is pieced together. Combining the drama of cops and robbers in the real world with the humanity and humour of 24 Hours In A&E, watch police work against the clock to put criminals behind bars.
Available January 18
Father Brown S9 | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 10 X 45 | Airs 2 Episodes Weekly
Everyone’s favorite priest returns to solve more charming countryside mysteries. The year is 1953, and the sleepy Costwold village of Kembleford is stirred by such dastardly deeds as murder at the local holiday camp and at Lady Felicia’s illustrious New Year Masked Ball. Between a race against time to unmask a mystery attacker and a killer in his midst, could this be the last waltz for Father Brown?
Available January 21
8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown S19 | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 12 X 60
This comedic panel show is the perfect hybrid of Channel 4’s topical hit 8 Out of 10 Cats and the cerebral words-and-number game Countdown as the anarchic comedians of the former take on the brainbox format of the latter. Hosted by Jimmy Carr, with team captains late comedy legend Sean Lock and Jon Richardson, the show features Rachel Riley and Susie Dent on math and dictionary duty respectively.
Available January 31
Hope Street | BritBox Original, North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 9 X 60 | Airs Daily
Hope Street is set in the fictional town of Port Devine on the Northern Ireland coast and will focus on Port Devine’s police department and the mysterious arrival of English Detective Constable Leila Hussain, the first Muslim police officer in the town’s history. The cast features established and distinguished character actors including Brid Brennan (Brooklyn) as Concepta, Des McAleer (The Crown) as Barry, Ciaran McMenamin (Primeval) as Finn, and Amara Karan (The Night of) as Alimah. From acclaimed producers Paul Marquess (The Bill) and Donna Wiffen (The Bill), the series combines a long-running serial narrative with self-contained crime stories in each episode.
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