BritBox - Get six months on us: Watch classic dramas, comedies and films all in one place with BT TV or BT Broadband

BT broadband and TV customers can get six months of BritBox, giving you access to new Spitting Image, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, Only Fools and Horses and more.

Updated: 6 October 2020 - 9.15am

There’s never been a better time to sign up for BritBox, because if you use BT broadband or BT TV, the next six months are on us.

Got BT Broadband? Get BritBox on us

In My BT, you can add BritBox to your package and we'll let you know when these six months are coming to an end.

If you choose to continue watching, £5.99 will be added to your BT bill each month.

You can cancel your subscription anytime through your My BT account.

Got BT TV? Get BritBox on us

Add BritBox to your package in My BT and watch the biggest collection of British box sets on your TV.

You will can browse and play BritBox content on your telly using your BT TV set-top box (Excluding the older H3 TV box)

We'll let you know when these six months are coming to an end.  If you choose to continue watching, £5.99 will be added to your BT bill each month.

You can cancel your subscription anytime through your My BT account.

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BritBox comes to BT TV

Ways to watch BritBox with BT

1. Your BT TV box

If you’re a BT TV customer, just head to the Apps area and press on the BritBox section.

Log in once – we’ll remember your details after that – and you can watch all the best comedy, drama and entertainment box sets on your TV.

2. BritBox.co.uk

BT Broadband customers who get the six months of BritBox offer from BT can watch their favourite series online on BritBox.co.uk

3. The BritBox app

BT Broadband customers who get the six months of BritBox offer can download the BritBox App (Available on the Apple App Store and Google Play) and watch shows on their phone, tablet and Smart TV).

What is BritBox?

BritBox is a new subscription streaming service created by the BBC and ITV to bring together the very best in British programming from the past, present and future.

It’s your next must-have streaming service, showcasing the biggest box of British box sets.

BritBox has something for everyone: from costume and comedy, to drama and detectives, facts and film from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

Enjoy classics, award winners and brand new content too. All in one place, ad-free and with no contracts.

New and exclusive series will also be released on BritBox, starting with a brand new series of the classic ITV satirical puppet show Spitting Image.

New and upcoming shows on BritBox

The streaming service has British box sets from the finest home-grown talent, including Downton Abbey, Broadchurch, Gavin & Stacey, classic Doctor Who, Only Fools and Horses, Vera, Broadchurch, Love Island and many more.

Get all of those shows in one place, with no pesky advert breaks and no contracts.

BritBox has something for everyone: from costume and comedy, to drama and detectives, facts and film from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

BritBox joins the long list of streaming services you can watch with BT TV, inclduing NOW TV, Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.

BT TV gives you a slick, simple and flexible TV experience, which means you can choose to turn on and turn off the services you want, when it suits you.

New and upcoming shows on BritBox

David Tennant in Des ITV
David Tennant's Des comes to BritBox in October

October is a treasure trove of new content for BritBox subscribers with the return of Spitting Image, the Hammer Horror Films and a Black History Month collection all launching

The Black History Month collection is available from October 1 and includes documentaries, television series and films celebrating Black British voices.

Factual additions to the collection include An Audience with Shirley Bassey, Mandela: From Prison to President and The Murder of Stephen Lawrence; all three of which are available exclusively on the service.

TV series featured include all six seasons of Desmonds (1989); the classic sitcom set in a Peckham barber shop, and the second season of super sharp sketch show Famalam (2019).

Films including Mike Leigh’s Secrets and Lies starring Marianne Jean-Baptist and Playing Away, a comedy of manners from Horace Ové starring Norman Beaton. 

Alongside the exclusive and highly-anticipated return of Spitting Image from October 3rd, BritBox will also be adding travelogue series Sue Perkins in Japan, Gaynor Faye looking back at classic soap moments in Emmerdale Family Tree, Daisy Haggard’s fantastic comedy Back to Life and the three-part true crime drama that everyone has been talking about – Des.

At the end of the month, viewers will also be able to watch Keeley Hawes heart-breaking real-life story Honour and a huge collection of Grand Designs episodes spanning 20 years of dram homes and elaborate architecture presented by Kevin McCloud.

Spitting Image - Exclusive to BritBox

Spitting Image puppets of Prince Harry and Meghan ITV

The first original commission on BritBox is a revival of the Bafta-winning satirical comedy Spitting Image.

The classic puppet series originally aired for 18 series between 1984 and 1996 and was famous for its merciless mocking of celebrities and political figures including most famously Margaret Thatcher, John Major and the Royal Family.

Puppets confirmed for the new series include Dominic Cummings, James Corden, Donald Trump, RuPaul, Boris Johnson, Beyoncé, Elon Musk, Harry & Meghan, Bernie Sanders, Prince Andrew, Adele, and Vladimir Putin.

Spitting Image co-creator Roger Law said: "Everything the team have done on the new Spitting Image shows, the caricatures, puppets and satirical gags have all been done in the public interest, as Boris might say ‘Pro bono publico’. It’s time to come off furlough! 

"The people have spoken and the puppets are oven ready. We’re going to take back control from the likes of Boris, Cummings, Trump, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West. There will be tongue-lashings from our weather girl; Greta Thunberg, you'll be knocked out by Tyson Fury and dazzled and amazed by Beyoncé and Herr Jürgen Klopp.  This time Spitting Image is going global so we will be making world beating trade deals with North Korea and Belarus and if Gavin Williamson and Dominic Cummings finally get the sack, Spitting Image will give them a job.

"We have always employed strange people and I’m sure Dom, in particular, will be a great asset; he seems to dislike the establishment just as much as we do. And the message for the Keir Starmer’s and Michel Barnier’s is… Let’s get BritBox done."

The original series voice cast included Chris Barrie, Harry Enfield, John Sessions, Jon Glover, Louise Gold, Kate Robbins, Steve Coogan and Alistair McGowan. And the show even spawned a number one single with The Chicken Song, a parody of Black Lace’s summer holiday favourite Agadoo.

The best of British Cinema with Film4

Trainspotting Film4

Film4 has curated the very best modern and contemporary British cinema from its back catalogue, which are now available to watch on BritBox.

From 90s classic Trainspotting and 2011’s teen comedy The Inbetweeners Movie to Cate Blanchett’s Charlotte Gray and Bob Hoskin’s 80s favourite The Long Good Friday, there will be 50 titles in the collection by the end of the year.

Out of this World sci-fi

Space: 1999 BritBox

BritBox is stuffed with the very best British cult television from decades gone by, including all 52 episodes of the unforgettable Blake’s 7.

The nostalgic collection also includes Patrick MacNee and Diana Rigg in The Avengers, Peter Cushing’s Doctor Who and the Daleks, David Bowie’s The Man Who Fell To Earth and every season of Terry Nation’s acclaimed sci-fi series Survivors.

If that’s not enough for you there’s also the original Patrick McGoohan sci-fi thriller The Prisoner from 1967, Joanna Lumley and David McCallum’s unforgettable Sapphire and Steel and a collection of Gerry Anderson favourites including Space 1999, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlett and The Mysterons.

Exclusive new series coming to BritBox

Jared Harris Getty
Jared Harris will star in BritBox original series The Beast Must Die

BritBox isn’t just the home of the biggest collection of British box sets, it’s also going to be creating original series.

The BritBox originals include The Beast Must Die, which will star Cush Jumbo, Nathaniel Parker and Jared Harris in a story about a grieving mother who infiltrates the life of the man she believes killed her son.

Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) is adapting is his novel Crime into a six-part series, which will star Dougray Scott as Detective Inspector Ray Lennox who is investigating the disappearance of a school girl while battling personal demons,

An adaptation of Anthony Horowitz bestselling novel Magpie Murders is also being made, which has been billed as an “extraordinary and distinctive drama” unlike any crime show that’s gone before.

Anthony Horowitz said: "Magpie Murders is my most successful novel and it wasn’t easy to adapt. But I think the result is a completely original drama that will delight and beguile audiences in equal measure."

Classic kids TV on BritBox

Classic 90s kids TV series Wizardora ITV

On top of the hours and hours of classic drama and comedy box sets, BritBox has launched a series of nostalgic treats with classic children’s television.

The first batch of shows includes first seasons of  The Worst Witch (1998), Press Gang (1989), and Children’s Ward (1989) and episodes of of Puddle Lane (1985), Murphy’s Mob (1982), Jungle Run (1999), Tots TV (1993), Wizadora (1991), Wolves, Witches and Giants (1995), and Woof! (1989).

And most exciting of all, BritBox also has a Gerry Anderson collection with 10 of the best episodes of Thunderbirds and classic Captain Scarlet, Joe 90 and Stingray.

Classic soap collections

Classic Coronation Street characters including Ena Sharples in a montage ITV

Soap fans haven’t been forgotten on BritBox. If you love Coronation Street and Emmerdale, handpicked episodes including some of the shows’ most momentous moments, spanning four decades, have been curated.

The classic episodes include the very first episode of Emmerdale (then called Emmerdale Farm) from October 1972, and the memorable Coronation Street episode from 1974 where Bet, Emily, Deirdre, Mavis, Rita, Betty, Annie and Hilda holiday in Majorca. 

Soap fans can also peruse episode collections including Classic Couples, Soap Disasters, Hatches, Matches and Dispatches, and Four Weddings and a Funeral.

The best of British music

A collection of documentaries and live performances from British pop legends, past and present, are available in The Centre Stage collection.

Bowie: Finding Fame, Bowie: The Last 5 Years,  Ed Sheeran: Jumpers for Goalposts, Robbie Williams’s Sing When You’re Winning and One Night at the Palladium, and Harry Styles: Live in Manchester are among the shows to watch.

The biggest Doctor Who collection ever

The first three Doctors unite in classic Doctor Who BBC

It’s every Whovian’s dream: 129 stories and 558 episodes, stretching from the first Doctor William Hartnell to the eighth, Paul McGann.

BritBox’s Doctor Who collection also includes spin-offs, documentaries and many more rarely seen treasures such as animated stories The Power Of The Daleks and The Macra Terror.

If watched back-to-back without stopping to eat, drink or sleep it would take a committed viewer around 272 hours or over 11 days to watch everything - assuming you don't have access to a time-bending Tardis!

Carry On streaming

Kenneth Williams and Sid James in the Carry On movies ITV/Granada International

BritBox has the largest collection of Carry On films available to stream in the UK. A British comedy institution, fans will love taking a trip down memory lane with the naughty jokes and unforgettable one-liners,

The collection includes Carry On Camping, Carry On Abroad, Carry On Henry and a lovingly restored and upscaled Carry On Up The Khyber starring Sid James, Terry Scott, Roy Castle and Peter Butterworth.

Get ready for Halloween

Just in time for the spooky season, BritBox is releasing a Hammer House of Horror collection including The Plague of the Zombies (1966), The Devil Rides Out (1968), Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) starring Christoper Lee, Twins of Evil (1971), Vampire Circus (1972), Hands of the Ripper (1971) and the Hammer House of Horror anthology TV series from 1980 featuring Peter Cushing, Brian Cox, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Darrow and more.