Best of Britbox – July 2017

Britbox claims to be the biggest streaming collection of British TV…ever. Dramas, comedies, mysteries, documentaries, soaps, lifestyle and more. Subscribe for $6.99/month.  Here are some of Anglonerd’s favorite Britbox offerings that are currently available. Listings are subject to change month to month.


The League of Gentlemen / Psychoville / Inside No. 9

log-alvin-smallI am so thrilled to see that these shows are finally hitting the U.S. Don’t get me wrong: they are all very different shows, but I’ve listed them together to save on space. The League of Gentlemen is a dark comedy crossover between sketch and sitcom, starring Mark Gatiss, Steve Pemberton, and Reece Shearsmith as all of the grotesque characters. Pemberton and Shearsmith’s Psychoville later moved closer to dark sitcom when a selection of odd characters all receive a threatening letter in the mail. The current show, Inside No. 9, is Pemberton and Shearsmith’s stab at a claustrophobic anthology series. Episodes range from silly to disturbing. While Hulu currently shows the first season of Inside No. 9, Britbox has all three. While it’s a bit marmite (especially the League), you are lucky to have these shows in your country now.
>>> Reviews of The League of Gentlemen / Psychoville / Inside No. 9


Life on Mars

samtylerThis time traveling cop drama starring John Simm is my all-time favorite show. We’ve had it in America before on BBC America, on DVD, various streaming services, and a terrible Harvey Keitel remake. Right now Britbox has this emo, tripping, psychological and psychedelic series for your viewing please. Now, where’s it’s sequel series Ashes to Ashes?
>>> Read Anglonerd’s review of Life on Mars


Red Dwarf


I’ve been watching this low brow sci-fi comedy since I was a kid. It’s been on since the 80s, and they’re still making episodes, and guess what? The new episodes are just as good. Britbox has managed to get all 11 seasons so far. You don’t need to watch them in order, just dip in and hold on.
>>> Read Anglonerd’s review of Red Dwarf


Fawlty Towers


I know this is the obvious one, and it is available on other services like Netflix and Seeso, but it stands as one of the greatest British comedies of all time. Starring John Cleese as Basil Fawlty, the story centers around a poorly managed hotel where all manner of shenanigans ensue.
>>> Check out my cartoon Instagram selfies for Fawlty Towers


Of Britbox’s current offerings, I also recommend Neverwhere (with Paterson Joseph as the Marquis de Carabas), the Up series of documentaries, State of Play, and An Adventure in Space and Time.

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