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Welcome to May! If you're reading this, it looks like we've made it through another very long month. That means we've got another list of new shows being released to BritBox, and while this month looks pretty slow for truly new titles (a lot of this month's releases have been on other services for ages), there are still a few good ones in the mix.
Don't have a BritBox account? You can sign up for one HERE on their website, or HERE on Amazon Video. If you have a Roku Smart TV, Roku device, Amazon Fire device, or Chrome, you should have no trouble signing up for a direct subscription on their website. If you have a different kind of smart TV, you may find it easier to subscribe through Prime Video and use the Amazon Video app on your smart TV. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.
New British TV Shows on BritBox in May 2020
May 1 Premieres
35 days, Season 4 (10 episodes)
In this exciting new series, a jury retires to deliberate and consider the evidence set before them in a gruesome murder case. Little do they know that within 35 hours one of them will be dead, killed by a fellow juror. Their first vote highlights a deep division within the group.
Who will influence who? Who will have the loudest voices? Who will harbour deep prejudices? Deep enough to kill in cold blood?
May 6 Premieres
Florence Nightingale (film)
Celebrating her bicentennial birthday, this biopic drama, directed by Emmy Award winner Norman Stone (Shadowland), focuses on the early years of Florence Nightingale, from 1837 to the Royal Commission into the Crimean War. Largely based on her own words, it tells the true and unexpected story behind the creator of modern nursing.
May 12 Premieres
A Confession, 6 episodes
After a night out with friends, 22-year-old Sian O'Callaghan disappeared. When her worried boyfriend reports her missing, DS Steve Fulcher, played by Martin Freeman (Sherlock) starts building a picture of her last known movements. Believing she may be alive and held against her will, Fulcher initiates an urgent full-scale search operation which leaves him at the crux of a life-changing choice between following police protocol and catching a killer.
May 15 Premieres
Poirot, Series 9-12
Four more seasons of this quintessential British classic come to BritBox in May. David Suchet plays his signature role as Agatha Christie's Belgian detective Hercule Poirot – the super sleuth who, with an expertly twirled mustache and a theatrical flair, solves murders with penetrating perception and no small amount of self-regard.
May 16 Premieres
Poirot: Mysterious Affair at Styles
Agatha Christie’s first published book introducing Hercule Poirot is set in a beautiful stately home in the war-torn England of 1917. The Mysterious Affair at Styles also establishes one of the most successful partnerships in literary history – the enduring friendship and working collaboration between Hercule Poirot, Arthur Hastings and Inspector Japp.
While recovering from his war injuries, Hastings receives an invitation to visit his old friends, the Cavendish family, at Styles St Mary. Staying nearby as guests of the Cavendish’s are a group of Belgian refugees, including, much to Hastings’ surprise, his old acquaintance from the Belgian police, celebrated detective Hercule Poirot.
May 19 Premieres
At Last the 1948 Show
This groundbreaking satirical sketch show helped change the face of British comedy. Pythons Tim Brooke-Taylor, John Cleese, and Graham Chapman star.
May 22 Premieres
Line of Duty, Series 1-4
Long a staple over on Acorn TV, this much-loved crime drama will be coming to BritBox in May. It follows a team of officers who investigate wrongdoing among their fellow officers.
Cast members include Martin Compston (Victoria), Vicky McClure (Broadchurch), Thandie Newton (Crash), Keeley Hawes (Tipping the Velvet), Lennie James (The Walking Dead) and Kelly Macdonald (The Victim).
May 26 Premieres
The Shakespearean Collection
If you enjoy Shakespeare, you're in luck this month. This unique collection features some of Britain's most beloved actors – including Helen Mirren, Felicity Kendall, Laurence Olivier, Brenda Blethyn, John Gielgud, Jonathan Pryce, Michael Hordern, John Cleese, Bernard Hill, Zoe Wanamaker, Claire Bloom and Robert Lindsay.
- A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM
- A WINTER'S TALE
- ALL'S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
- ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA
- AS YOU LIKE IT
- HAMLET PRINCE OF DENMARK
- HENRY IV PART I
- HENRY IV PART II
- HENRY V
- HENRY VI PART I
- HENRY VI PART II
- HENRY VI PART III
- HENRY VIII
- JULIUS CAESAR
- KING LEAR
- LOVE'S LABOURS LOST
- MEASURE FOR MEASURE
- MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING
- RICHARD II
- ROMEO AND JULIET
- THE COMEDY OF ERRORS
- THE LIFE AND DEATH OF KING JOHN
- THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
- THE MERRY WIVES OF WINDSOR
- THE TAMING OF THE SHREW
- THE TEMPEST
- THE TRAGEDY OF RICHARD III
- TIMON OF ATHENS
- TITUS ANDRONICUS
- TROILUS AND CRESSIDA
- TWELFTH NIGHT
- TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA
Which of the New Shows on BritBox Will You Be Watching in May 2020?
Which of BritBox's new shows in April are you most looking forward to?
Don't have a BritBox account? You can sign up for one HERE on their website, or HERE on Amazon Video (particularly useful if you prefer to manage subscriptions through Amazon or you don't have a smart TV that supports BritBox). Not sure about the BritBox vs. Acorn TV decision for your British TV watching needs? We compare the two HERE.
Curious about what's coming to Acorn TV? Check out the Acorn TV Premieres for April 2020.
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After founding I Heart British TV in 2016 as a resource for her granny, Stefanie has grown I Heart British TV into a resource that serves millions of British TV fans every year. When not writing posts or editing contributions to the site, you can probably find her working on the latest print edition of the British TV Streaming Guide.