BritBox, the undisputed home of the largest collection of exceptional and unmissable streaming British entertainment globally, has unveiled a December slate that’s sure to get everyone in the holiday spirit! Filled with bingeable releases and highly anticipated seasonal returns, the service’s December slate has everything from holiday specials, thrillers, and King Charles III’s first Christmas address of his reign.
BritBox will be releasing festive programming all month-long, including Christmas and winter Specials from fan-favourite shows, including Death in Paradise, The Cleaner, QI, Gardeners’ World and The Beechgrove Garden. For those looking for holiday cooking inspiration, join superstar chef Gordon Ramsay as he shares recipes that will impress your guests in Gordon Ramsay: Christmas Cookalong and Gordon’s Festive Home Cooking.
Closing out the holiday season, BritBox will celebrate its first-ever BritBoxing Week, a week-long holiday celebration from December 26-30, with a new premiere every day. With everything from thrilling dramas to original Christmas Specials, tuck in for a week filled with outstanding British television. Stay tuned for a full BritBoxing Week schedule!
December 25, 2022: The King’s Christmas Address | North American Premiere | 1 x 10
King Charles III delivers the first Christmas address of his reign. The King speaks about the passing of his mother, Queen Elizabeth II and his hopes for the future.
The Cleaner Christmas Special 2022 | BritBox Original, North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 6 X 30
Laugh alongside BAFTA-nominee Greg Davies (The Inbetweeners) this holiday season with The Cleaner Christmas Special! Wicky (Davies) is a state-certified cleaning technician responsible for the removal of any signs of death from the scenes of ghastly crimes. When the detectives are done, he moves in, armed with his bleach, scrubbing brushes and cleaning rags. He’s a thoroughly decent everyman who always gets the dirty jobs. Those jobs bring him into contact with the strangest people: those who knew the victims and sometimes even the killers themselves. But because he’s a chatty man, Wicky tends to gossip more than he cleans. With every crime scene, there’s a new topical theme or moral question to debate – with whoever he finds himself talking to.
Death in Paradise Christmas 2022 | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 1 X 90
Bask in the Caribbean sunshine this holiday season with the Death in Paradise Christmas Special guest-starring Siobhán McSweeney (Derry Girls, The Fall). A lighthearted whodunit set on the sunshine Caribbean island where a team of police use unconventional methods to catch the killers of some of the most impossible crimes; see familiar faces and some special appearances with this special!
Gardeners’ World Winter Specials 2022 | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 4 X 30
Monty Don and the team celebrate the joy that the gardening year brings with a selection of brand-new stories of cultivation, inspiration, and discovery in the exuberant world of horticulture.
December 24, 2022: Carols From King’s 2022 | North American Premiere | 1 X 75
An annual worldwide broadcasting phenomenon that takes place at the medieval chapel of King’s College, Cambridge, Carols from King’s is a beloved British celebration of Christmas. Every year, the King’s College Chapel Choir performs a carol service that always opens with ‘Once in Royal David’s City” and followed later on by a new, specially commissioned carol for each year.
QI Christmas Special 2022 | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 1 x 30
The clever comedy quiz show full of quirky facts, in which contestants are rewarded more if their answers are ‘quite interesting’ – this time with a holiday twist! From toys to tinsel to turkey, Sandy Toksvig hosts this special Christmas episode of QI Season T.
December 16, 2022: Gordon Ramsay: Christmas Cookalong S1-2 | New to BritBox | 2 X 90
In this Christmas special, Chef Gordon Ramsay makes holiday dishes while special guests pop in to help prepare the meals. The series will highlight tips and tricks on how to prepare the tastiest Christmas menu.
December 16, 2022: Gordon’s Festive Home Cooking | New to BritBox | 3 x 60
In this seasonal special, Chef Gordon Ramsay invites viewers into his home and shares easy to follow recipes that are perfect for sharing during the holiday season.
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December 1, 2022: Beechgrove Garden in Winter S1-2 | North American Premiere | 51 x 30
The popular gardening series that celebrates Scottish horticulture and growing conditions. A topical series, The Beechgrove Garden deals with the challenges that face gardeners in a practical, down-to-earth, get-your-hands-dirty manner, all set in Scotland’s challenging conditions. Success is celebrated, but there’s also a lot to be learnt from the failures experienced by the show’s gardening team. If a stunning garden can be grown on a 2.5-acre inhospitable sloping site, then anyone can have a go anywhere.
December 2, 2022: Wild Bill | BritBox Original, Canadian Premiere, BritBox Exclusive| 6 x 60
Six-time Golden Globe nominee Rob Lowe (The West Wing, Parks and Recreation) stars as a high-flying U.S. police chief who arrives in the UK to shake up the East Lincolnshire Police Force – and his own life in the process – in this sharp-witted original take on the police procedural. This series also stars Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Tipping the Velvet) and Bronwyn James (Outlander, Call The Midwife).
December 6, 2022: As Time Goes By Reunion Special| New to BritBox | 4 X 30
A heartwarming reunion special revisiting this long-running sitcom As Time Goes By. Catch up with Jean Pargetter (Judi Dench, Shakespeare in Love) and Lionel Hardcastle (Geoffrey Palmer, Mrs. Brown) as they manage their families, jobs and relationships in this beloved, classic series.
December 13, 2022: Black Work | New to BritBox | 3 x 60
Devastated by the sudden death of her husband Ryan, policewoman Jo Gillespie (Sheridan Smith, The Barking Murders, Isolation Stories) wants to know what happened to the man she loved. Ryan was working undercover when he was killed in suspicious circumstances, and the details surrounding his death are shrouded in mystery. Her questions are blocked at every turn by senior officers in the police force, Jo refuses to be swayed from discovering the truth. With only her friend and colleague Jack Clark (Matthew McNulty, The Bay) on her side, Jo puts her safety and future in danger as she delves deep into the secret inner workings of the undercover police world and discovers that the truth she wants to reveal may be a little too close to home.
December 28, 2022: The Control Room | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 3 X 60
A gripping new thriller set in Glasgow, The Control Room tells the story of Gabe (Iain De Caestecker, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), an ordinary man who works as an emergency call handler for the Scottish Ambulance Service in Glasgow. His world is turned upside down when he receives a desperate life-and-death call from a woman who appears to know him. With Gabe under pressure to work out who she is, he makes a decision that threatens to have devastating consequences. This series is Written by Nick Leather (Murdered for Being Different, Mother’s Day) and Directed by Amy Neil (Call the Midwife).
December 29, 2022: Deadline | North American Premiere, BritBox Exclusive | 4 X 60
When Natalie Varga (Charlie Murphy, Happy Valley, Peaky Blinders) stands accused of murdering her husband in cold blood, disgraced investigative journalist James Alden (James D’arcy, Agent Carter, Broadchurch) finds himself captivated by the case. The mystery of whether she committed the crime broadens into a darker, stranger narrative as the London setting shifts to Hungarian high society. It’s a crime perfectly designed to cause a press-feeding frenzy – the gruesome murder of businessman George Varga in his lavish Chelsea mansion. James used to be an award-winning investigative journalist years ago, but his confidence was destroyed by the case he screwed up, which allowed a killer to go free. Natalie sees in him the journalist he used to be and offers him redemption: the exclusive interview everyone wants if he finds out who really killed her husband. In the tradition of classic noir, a key character returns from the dead and becomes pivotal to the mystery. With the court of public opinion ruling Natalie guilty until proven innocent, can James separate the truth from the fiction?
December 30, 2022: Maxine | North American Premiere | 3 X 60
The tragic case that shocked the nation – Maxine is a true crime drama that examines the investigation of school assistant Maxine Carr and her caretaker fiancé Ian Huntley, who was later imprisoned for the double murder of schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman. The three-part drama will explore their tumultuous relationship through Maxine’s perspective; why she lied for him and how she became public enemy No.1.