BritBox unveils new content productions with ITV and BBC Studios – Media Play News

Dougray Scott, star of “Crime”

Erik Gruenwedel

BritBox International, which operates British-themed subscription video streaming services in the United States and around the world, announced new programming productions with platform owners BBC Studios and ITV on June 29.

The programs include a new spin-off series “Beyond Paradise”, from Red Planet Pictures, which created the hugely popular crime series “Death in Paradise”. The new series examines what happened to DI Humphrey Goodman after he left the sunny shores of Saint Marie in the Bahamas and returned to the UK

The series will be available in all BritBox International markets outside of Australia.

“As we continue to expand globally, our new on-the-ground team is woven into the fabric of British creativity, enabling seamless and passionate storytelling partnerships for UK producers,” said Reemah Sakaan, CEO of BritBox International, in a statement.

“Crime Season 2” Dougray Scott returns as troubled detective Ray Lennox, in a second season, adapted from bestselling Scottish author Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and his writing partner Dean Cavanagh, the six-part drama will be exclusive to ITV’s new ad-supported free streaming service, before a linear transmission on ITV’s main channel, and followed by BritBox.

Detective Lennox is now settled back into life with the Edinburgh Major Crimes team, having fully recovered from his depression following the toll of his latest investigation. And when a high-ranking member of the establishment is found dead in a warehouse in Leith, Lennox is thrown into a case that quickly turns out to be the work of a serial killer. As the victims mount, Lennox realizes that they are anything but random.

“Three Little Birds”, written by Sir Lenny Henry, is inspired by the stories of Henry’s mother, Winifred. Many times as he was growing up, she talked about leaving Jamaica in the late 1950s for Britain, which became their lifelong family home.

The life-affirming drama explores untold stories of love, brotherhood, parenthood and friendship, as well as the joys, laughs and struggles of making a new life in the motherland. The series follows three young women: fiery sisters Leah and Chantrelle and their god-fearing acquaintance, Hosanna, as they journey to Britain to build a new life for themselves.

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“Working with top UK producers, we have curated a package of shows that we are confident will excite our existing subscribers, whilst attracting new audiences to our platforms,” said Diederick Santer, CCO BritBox International.

Other series include the reality show “Make it at Market”, which is filmed in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside in the secret Stoneywell estate, and sees Dom Chinea (repair shop) work with a team of business and craft experts to help a group of budding entrepreneurs make a living from their craft hobby.

Finally, “Cleaner Season Two” again includes episodes featuring a combination of established and emerging comedic talent.

“Karen Pirie” features Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”) in the title role of the new ITV drama series from the production company behind “Line of Duty” and “Bodyguard,” among others. DS Karen Pirie is a fearless young Scottish investigator with a quick wit and a tenacious desire for the truth.

The series also stars Chris Jenks (Sex education) as Jason ‘Mint’ Murray and Zach Wyatt (“Blithe Spirit”) as DS Phil Parhatka.

The series is based on Val McDermid’s Karen Pirie debut novel, “The Distant Echo,” which finds the Pirie tasked with reopening an unsolved murder that was the subject of a provocative true-crime podcast.

Marjorie N. McClure