The BritBox UK hot list: From Spitting Image to The Sister - what to watch in November

What’s on BritBox UK in November? War of the Worlds and World on Fire are just some of the TV and movie highlights coming to BritBox this month.

By Sophia Moir Published: 26 October 2020 - 5.32pm
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It’s time to celebrate the very best of British content.

BritBox has unveiled what’s on the service in November, and it’s a treasure trove of content for subscribers in the UK.

As the nights start to draw in, cosy up for an evening on the sofa with a must-watch drama - including War of the Worlds and World on Fire this month.

There’s also brand new episodes of BritBox original Spitting Image, alongside 10 new films from Film4, a collection marking Remembrance Day, and a celebration of Coronation Street’s 60th Anniversary.

So what are you waiting for? We list the best of what’s coming up for the month ahead in our must-watch BritBox TV guide.

Plus, don’t miss what’s on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, NOW TV and Sky Cinema this month.

Spitting Image - Exclusive to BritBox 

With the world getting smaller and more turbulent, there couldn't be a more appropriate time for an iconic British satirical take on global events, with brand new Spitting Image

Produced throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, over 100 puppets  including Boris Johnson, Donald Trump and Dominic Cummings have already been developed by socially distanced teams of artists.

Brand new episodes of Spitting Image are released every Saturday on BritBox.

Film4 films

Following the launch of the Film4 collection in September, a further ten Film4 movies will arrive on BritBox this month.

These include A Room With A View (1985), Alive & Kicking (1996), Brassed Off (1996), Close My Eyes (1991), Dancing at Lughnasa (1998), Monsoon Wedding (2001), Remembrance (1982), The Raggedy Rawney (1988), Velvet Goldmine (1998) and Vroom (1988). 

The Film4 movies listed above will be available to watch from Sunday, November 1 on BritBox.

Captain Tom’s War (2020)

A week after his 100th birthday celebrations, NHS fundraiser extraordinaire and national treasure Captain Tom Moore marks another upcoming milestone in this ITV documentary: 75 years since VJ Day and the end of the Second World War. 

Captain Tom’s War is available to watch from Thursday, November 5 on BritBox.

Joe Maddison’s War (2010) - Exclusive to BritBox

Set in Newcastle in 1939, Joe Maddison's War features shipyard worker Joe (Kevin Whately) who feels emasculated and past his prime; he is too old to serve in the war and is shocked when his wife leaves him for a younger naval officer. 

Needing a new challenge, Joe and his friend Harry (Robson Green) reluctantly volunteer to join the Home Guard; a decision which leads to a journey of self discovery. 

Joe Madison’s War is available to watch from Thursday, November 5 on BritBox.

First Tuesday Series (1983-1993)

Watch hand-picked documentaries from ITV’s groundbreaking and acclaimed series, which was broadcast on the first Tuesday of each month. 

Notable programmes include Windscale: The Nuclear Laundry (investigating high radiation levels near the largest nuclear plant in the world), Four Hours in My Lai (investigating a massacre in a small village in Vietnam), and Katie and Eilish (the story of conjoined twins before and after their separation).

The First Tuesday Series is available to watch from Thursday, November 5 on BritBox.

World on Fire (2019)

World On Fire is a heart-stopping, multi-stranded BBC drama which tells the story of World War II through the lives of ordinary people from all sides of the global conflict.

It follows the first year of the Second World War told through the interlinked fates of people drawn from Britain, Poland, France, Germany and the United States, as they grapple with the impact of the war on their everyday lives.

World on Fire is available to watch from Tuesday, November 10 on BritBox.

Celebrating Coronation’s Street 60th Anniversary - Exclusive to BritBox

Watch a selection of dramas and episodes celebrating 60 years of Britain’s favourite and longest-running soap.

This includes The Road to Coronation Street (a drama documenting the journey of Coronation Street from conception to its first transmission in December 1960) and Coronation Street: 60 Years in 60 Episodes (60 handpicked episodes which showcase the very best Corrie moments). 

Celebrate Coronation’s Street 60th Anniversary from Thursday, November 19 on BritBox.

War of the Worlds (2019) - Exclusive to BritBox

War of the Worlds is a major adaptation of H.G. Wells’ classic sci-fi title starring Eleanor Tomlinson, Rafe Spall and Robert Carlyle.

This tense and thrilling BBC drama follows a young couple’s race for survival against escalating terror of an alien enemy beyond their comprehension. 

War of the Worlds is available to watch from Friday, November 20 on BritBox.

Rising Damp (1974)

Watch all four series of the hugely popular 1970s sitcom which pits lecherous but lovable landlord Rupert Rigsby (Leonard Rossiter) against an eclectic group of lodgers. 

The series also stars Leonard Rossiter, Don Warrington, Frances de la Tour and Richard Beckinsale.

Rising Damp is available to watch from Thursday, November 26 on BritBox.

Channel 5 documentaries 

A selection of Channel 5 documentaries comes to BritBox this month.

The collection includes a host of royal documentaries including Anne: The Daughter Who Should Be Queen, By Royal Appointment: Shops Serving The Queen, and Charles and Camilla: King and Queen in Waiting.

The Channel 5 documentaries will be available to watch from Thursday, November 26 on BritBox.

Centre Stage Collection

Watch the Centre Stage Collection of filmed theatre productions as more performances are added to BritBox’s celebration of British performing arts this month.

This includes ITV’s adaptation of Twelfth Night (1970) starring Alec Guiness, Ralph Richardson and Tommy Steele, and the National Theatre’s acclaimed production of Merchant of Venice (1974) starring Laurence Olivier.

The Centre Stage Collection will be available to watch from Thursday, November 26 on BritBox.

The Sister (2020)

Written by Luther’s Neil Cross, The Sister is a chilling story of love and psychological horror, as a man desperately tries to escape his dark past. 

Russell Tovey stars as well-meaning but directionless Nathan, a man with a terrible secret he’s prayed would stay buried and for which he’s worked hard to make recompense.

The Sister will be available to watch from Thursday, November 26 on BritBox.