The BritBox UK Hot List: Films, drama and documentaries to watch on BritBox in August

Classic science-fiction, fascinating drama-documentaries and more movies from the summer of British film are among the new arrivals on BritBox this month.

By Rhys Lewis Updated: 25 July 2022 - 10.32am
BritBox Day of the Triffids, The Best of Men, Chaplin

Discover what’s on BritBox this August – from classic films and landmark sci-fi series to BritBox Originals and cult comedy.

BritBox continues its summer of British film with a range of movies from across the decades, from Richard Attenborough's biopic of Charlie Chaplin to Robert Altman's Gosford Park, a country-house murder mystery written by Julian Fellowes which became the blueprint for Downton Abbey.

Two very different true-life tales arrive on BritBox, one telling the story of the first Paralympics and the other chronicling the life and career of reluctant movie star and one-time James Bond, George Lazenby. 

Plus, don’t miss what’s on NetflixAmazon Prime VideoNOW and Sky Cinema this month.

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The Best of Men

The Best of Men BBC

TV movie first shown in the London Paralympic year of 2012 which tells the true story of Dr Ludwig Guttmann, whose work with paraplegic patients at Stoke Mandeville Hospital led to the foundation of the Paralympic Games.

Eddie Marsan stars as Dr Guttmann, a Jewish refugee from Nazi Germany whose patients were injured British servicemen, demoralised by their lengthy, and largely bed-bound, hospital stays.

Guttmann realises competitive exercise can encourage both physical activity and build self-esteem. Rob Brydon and George Mackay (above) star as two of the patients, with Niamh Cusack and Richard McCabe among the hospital staff.

Watch The Best of Men on BritBox from 4 August.

Becoming Bond

Becoming Bond Hulu

Drama-documentary exploring the life and career of George Lazenby, the Australian actor who replaced Sean Connery as James Bond in 1969, only to walk away from the role after just one outing as 007.

Built around an interview with Lazenby, the 95-minute film recreates his life in flashbacks, from humiliation in school and early life as a car salesman to a lovelorn dash to London and ultimately one of the biggest roles in cinema.

Josh Lawson plays George in the flashback scenes, which also feature Jane Seymour (Live and Let Die), Dana Carvey (Wayne's World) and Jeff Garlin (Curb Your Enthusiasm).

Watch Becoming Bond on BritBox from 18 August.

More films new to BritBox this month

Chaplin TriStar Pictures

4 August

Chaplin (1992)

Gosford Park (2001)

Highlander (1986)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012)

11 August

Breakfast on Pluto (2005)

Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003)

Mrs Henderson Presents (2005)

Severance (2006)

The Disappearance of Alice Creed (2009)

The Ones Below (2015)

The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006)

Collision (2009)

18 August

King of Thieves (2018)

Silver Bears (1978)

The First Men in the Moon (2010)

The Likely Lads (1976)

The Lost World (2001)

Day of the Triffids

Day of the Triffids BBC

Landmark science fiction TV series starring John Duttine, Emma Relph and Maurice Colbourne as survivors of a double catastrophe.

First a metor shower leaves much of humanity blind, then thousands of triffids - mobile plants with deadly stings - break free and start to feed on the helpless blind humans.

Duttine, as Bill, and Relph, as Jo, flee London for the country where they face not only the threat of the triffids but also various groups of survivors with very different views on how to rebuild society.

Watch Day of the Triffids on BritBox from 18 August.

New series coming to BritBox in August

Primeval ITV

4 August

Made in Chelsea season 22 - Latest reality TV antics joins the 21 series already on BritBox.


18 August

Primeval seasons 3-5 - Crack team tracks down prehistoric beasts in modern-day Britain, above.

The Day of the Triffids - 1981 adaptation of John Wyndham's carnivorous plant thriller.

Hyperdrive seasons 1 & 2 - Sci-fi satire set in 2151 starring Nick Frost and Miranda Hart.

SS-GB - In an alternative timeline, it's 1941 and the Nazis have occupied Britain.

The Aliens - Comedy drama about human-looking aliens forced to live on Earth.


25 August

Baptiste season 2 - Tcheky Karyo's missing-person sleuth comes out of retirement.

Empire - Epic drama series about the rise of the Roman Emperor Augustus.

The Escape Artist - David Tennant stars as a lawyer who has never lost a case.

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