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Every so often, Amazon puts a number of streaming video channels on sale – offering a great opportunity to enjoy a number of shows at virtually no cost. This time, they have a number of channels you can try for .99 cents/month for up to 2 months (followed by an increase to regular price if you don't cancel).
Remember the days when you had to drive to the video store, hope your title was in, then pay $2-6 for the privilege of borrowing it for a day or two before driving it back? These days, with sales like this one, you can enjoy hundreds of titles for a month or more…at a fraction of the cost. When you're ready to cancel, you just head over to the “Memberships and Subscriptions” page on your Amazon account and hit the cancel button.
When you cancel an Amazon channel, you retain the ability to watch until the end of the current subscription period – so no worries about remembering to cancel on the last day so you can squeeze out every last bit of value.
Amazon Prime Video Channels on Sale Right Now: With British TV Shows
To help you navigate the selections, we've included details about some of the British TV offerings available on each.
Acorn TV is the oldest major streaming service for primarily British content – though they also have loads of great shows from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the rest of Europe. At any given time, you'll find an average of around 300-350 unique titles on the service, and an increasing number of their titles are Acorn TV Originals you won't find elsewhere.
Rather than listing a bunch of their shows here, we have an entire post HERE about the best shows on Acorn TV.
Relatively new to the streaming scene, Epix doesn't have an enormous number of British TV shows, but they do have some good ones.
- Belgravia – Created by Julian Fellowes (of Downton Abbey fame), this period drama follows London's newly-aristocratic Trenchard family as secrets emerge and threaten their status.
- Pennyworth – While not entirely British, this DC origin series follows Alfred Pennyworth's early years as he forms a security company in 1960s London and begins working with billionaire Thomas Wayne – father of Bruce Wayne, better known as Batman.
- Berlin Station – Though American, this series stars English actor Richard Armitage and Welsh actor Rhys Ifans. It follows Armitage (Daniel Miller in the show) after his arrival at the CIA station in Berlin. It's an action-filled thriller with spies, politics, and plenty of violence, if that's your kind of thing.
- Britannia – This epic drama re-enacts the Roman invasion of Britain.
Starz doesn't have a HUGE number of British TV shows, but they do have some of the more popular high-budget productions. Among them are:
- Outlander – 2014 to present – In 1945, an English nurse is mysteriously transported back in time to Scotland in 1743. The massively-popular series is based on the novels of Diana Gabaldon.
- Men in Kilts – 2021 – Sam Heughan and Graham McTavish (both of Outlander) host this travel series in which they escort viewers around their native country of Scotland.
- The Luminaries – New Zealand – 2020 – This British-New Zealand co-production is based on Eleanor Catton’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name, and it follows a young adventurer named Anna Wetherell as she travels from the UK to New Zealand during the 1860s West Coast Gold Rush.
- View more British TV shows on Starz HERE
Showtime generally has around 10-20 British TV shows, and they're often some of the higher-budget productions and more popular recent series. They include:
- Back to Life – 2019 to Present – Following an 18-year prison sentence, Miri Matteson (Daisy Haggard) returns home to Hythe, Kent, and attempts to rebuild her life
- Patrick Melrose – 2018 – Based on the semi-autobiographical Patrick Melrose novels by Edward St. Aubyn, this miniseries tells the story of an upper class man's addictions and family troubles.
- Penny Dreadful – 2014 to 2016 – A group of explorers and adventurers team up to fight supernatural threats in Victorian England.
- We Hunt Together – 2020 – This drama sees two conflicted detectives tracking down a pair of deadly killers. Starring Eve Myles (Torchwood).
AMC+ is a bundled subscription that offers you everything on Sundance Now + Shudder, IFC Films Unlimited, and a number of AMC/BBC America shows like The Salisbury Poisonings and the latest season of Doctor Who.
Among the shows included with the service are:
- Quiz – 2020 – Matthew Macfadyen (Pride & Prejudice) stars as Charles Ingram in this drama based on the real-life story of a man accused of cheating his way to the top prize on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.
- The War of the Worlds – 2020 – After a meteor touches down in Surrey, humans face a battle for survival against an alien race. The classic HG Wells tale is told through the lens of Amy and George, two people who are in love and ready to embark on a new (though forbidden) life together.
- The Graham Norton Show – 2021 – Presenter Graham Norton chats with some of the world’s biggest celebrities.
- A Discovery of Witches – 2018 – When an Oxford historian and reluctant witch is able to access a book no one else can, it sets off a chain of events involving an eternal feud between witches and vampires.
- Back – 2017 to present – After the death of his father, 42-year-old Stephen returns home to take over the family pub in Stroud, Gloucestershire. At the same time, Andrew, a former foster child briefly raised by his parents, returns to renew his own relationship with the family. What happens next is a serious case of sibling rivalry. The series sees David Mitchell and Robert Webb (both of Peep Show fame) together again.
- View more of the British TV shows on AMC+ HERE (and view British TV shows on Sundance Now – included with AMC+ – HERE)
There's a lot of interesting content on this one, and it's not all British (there are loads of Ken Burns documentaries, for example), but since this is a British TV site, we'll focus on the British (or related) titles. It's also worth noting they offer a number of WW2 documentaries that aren't necessarily British but which may still be of interest.
- Civilisations – This 2018 art history documentary was produced by the BBC and PBS as a follow-up to the original 1969 series by Kenneth Clark.
- How Sherlock Changed the World – Narrated by British actor Andrew Lincoln, this two-part series features dramatised excerpts from some of Doyle's stories, along with commentary on how he shaped real investigative techniques.
- The Story of the Jews with Simon Schama – English historian Simon Schama takes a look at Jewish history from ancient times to present.
- Earth's Natural Wonders: Life at the Extremes – This series takes a look at some of the planet's greatest and most extreme natural wonders.
- Ireland's Wild Coast – Though technically not British, Ireland is part of the British Isles, so we're including this gorgeous two-part nature series.
- Life from Above – This BBC Earth/PBS series uses cameras in space to take a different sort of look at our planet.
- The English Surgeon – A British neurosurgeon travels to the Ukraine to provide specialised care to those who wouldn't normally be able to access it.
- After Stonehenge – This documentary takes a look at Bronze Age life in Britain.
- Ghosts of Stonehenge – This 2017 documentary takes a look at recent discoveries about Stonehenge and the people who built it.
- For Sama – This documentary tells the story of the troubles in Syria and one woman's fight to bring her daughter to safety. It made history by becoming the feature documentary to receive the most BAFTA nominations.
Other Channels On Sale Right Now at Amazon
There are also a number of channels that might be of interest, but which don't really have much in the way of British TV content. They are:
- Hallmark Movies Now
- PBS Kids
- Lifetime Movie Club
- A&E Crime Central
- Ryan & Friends
When Does the Prime Video Sale End?
The sale offer allows you to get your chosen channels at a discount for up to 2 months – and you have to activate your subscription by January 3rd (when prices go back to normal).