BritBox announces over 100 seasonal specials on-demand



BritBox has confirmed its line-up of seasonal specials that will be available on the platform this month.

French and Saunders specials from 1988 to 2005 join the over 100 Christmas TV specials from years past on the site. A different special will be highlighted daily in the run up to Christmas Day in a nostalgic digital advent (Full list below).

BritBox’s ‘Very Christie Christmas’ will also launch in mid December highlighting over 100 episodes of Agatha Christie classics including seasons one and two of the BBC’s original Miss Marple series starring Joan Hickson, all six seasons of Christie’s Miss Marple starring Geraldine McEwan and Julia McKenzie, and David Suchet’s Being Poirot documentary. Further factual content includes Harry Potter: A History of Magic and Sandringham: The Queen at Christmas.

Classic British family films Oliver Twist (1948), Pollyanna (2002), Tarka the Otter and Bugsy Malone put the finishing touches to the collection.

Reemah Sakaan, Group Director ITV SVOD, commented:
The Christmas special is a unique trait of British TV and we are delighted that our new streaming service opens up this treasure trove of laughs, dramas, beloved characters and stories. We hope that everyone will enjoy exploring our massive collection of Christmas Crackers and more.

BritBox is now streaming on 2017 and newer Samsung Smart TVs, Apple TV (series 4 and later) as well as on iOS and Android Apps. Roku, Freeview Play, YouView, Chromecast and Amazon Fire apps are being prepared, but no launch date has been confirmed. BritBox costs £5.99 a month after a 30 day free trial.

Originally created by the BBC and ITV to provide British TV to American viewers, the relatively new UK BritBox service is controlled by ITV (90% stake in the service) with content licensed from ITV, the BBC and Channel 5 or the independent producers of programmes that were shown on these channels, with Channel 4 due to provide a package of programmes next year.

Full list of Christmas specials on-site from 1st December 2019
  • A Bit of Fry and Laurie  Christmas Special-1987
  • Absolutely Fabulous  Christmas Special-2002
  • Birds of a Feather  Christmas Special-2017
  • Blackadder  Christmas Special-1988
  • Darling Buds of May Christmas Special-1991
  • Doc Martin- Christmas Special-2006
  • Downton Abbey Christmas Special-2011
  • Downton Abbey Christmas Special-2012
  • Downton Abbey Christmas Special-2013
  • Downton Abbey Christmas Special-2014
  • Drunk History UK Christmas Special-2014
  • Extras Christmas Special
  • French and Saunders Christmas Special-1988
  • French and Saunders Christmas Special-1994
  • French and Saunders Christmas Special-1998
  • French and Saunders Christmas Special-1999
  • French and Saunders Christmas Special-2002
  • French and Saunders Christmas Special-2003
  • French and Saunders Christmas Special-2005
  • Gordon, Gino and Fred: Road Trip-Christmas Special
  • Grantchester Christmas Special-2016
  • Harry Enfield and Chums Christmas Special-1997
  • Harry Enfield and Chums Christmas Special-1998
  • Jonathan Creek Christmas Special-1998
  • Jonathan Creek Christmas Special-2001
  • Jonathan Creek Christmas Special-2009
  • Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special-1991
  • Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special-1993
  • Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special-1994
  • Keeping Up Appearances Christmas Special-1995
  • Little Britain Christmas Special-2006
  • Mock The Week Christmas Special-2016
  • My Family Christmas Special-2002
  • My Family Christmas Special-2003
  • My Family Christmas Special-2005
  • My Family Christmas Special-2006
  • My Family Christmas Special-2007
  • My Family Christmas Special-2008
  • My Family Christmas Special-2009
  • Nigel Slater's 12 Tastes Of Christmas  
  • Nigel Slater's Christmas Suppers
  • Nigel Slater's Simple Cooking Christmas-Special
  • Nigel Slater's Simple Suppers: Christmas Suppers 
  • Nigella: At My Table Christmas Special-2017
  • Nigellissima: An Italian Inspired Christmas 2012
  • One Foot In The Grave Christmas Special-1991
  • One Foot In The Grave Christmas Special-1996
  • One Foot In The Grave Christmas Special-1997
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1981
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1982
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1983
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1985
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1986
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1987
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1988
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1989
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1990
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1991
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1992
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1993
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-1996
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-2001
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-2002
  • Only Fools And Horses Christmas Special-2003
  • Outnumbered Christmas Special-2009
  • Outnumbered Christmas Special-2011
  • Outnumbered Christmas Special-2012
  • Outnumbered Christmas Special-2016
  • Rock and Chips Christmas Special-2010
  • Still Open All Hours Christmas Special-2013
  • Still Open All Hours Christmas Special-2016
  • Still Open All Hours Christmas Special-2017
  • Still Open All Hours Christmas Special-2018 - from late Dec
  • The Good Life Christmas-Special-1977
  • The League Of Gentlemen Christmas Special-2000
  • The Only Way Is Essex Christmas Special-2010
  • The Only Way Is Essex Christmas Special-2011
  • The Only Way Is Essex Christmas Special-2012
  • The Only Way Is Essex Christmas Special-2013
  • The Only Way Is Essex Christmas Special-2014
  • The Only Way Is Essex Christmas Special-2015
  • The Only Way Is Essex Christmas Special-2016
  • The Only Way Is Essex Christmas Special-2017
  • The Royle Family Christmas Special-2000
  • The Royle Family Christmas Special-2008
  • The Thick of It Christmas Special-2006
  • The Two Ronnies Christmas Special-1973 
  • The Two Ronnies Christmas Special-1982 
  • The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special-1996
  • The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special-1997
  • The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special-2004
  • The Vicar of Dibley Christmas Special-2006
  • Vicious Christmas Special-2013
  • Victoria Wood Christmas Special
  • Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV Christmas Special-1987

On-site from 19th December 2019
  • BBC’s Miss Marple Season 1, 2 and specials
  • Harry Potter: A History of Magic
  • Being Poirot documentary
  • Polyanna
  • Tarka the Otter