The BritBox UK Hot List: Films, music and classic drama to watch on BritBox in June

Celebrate 60 years of British movies, enjoy classic dramas Tutti Frutti and State of Play, and rock out with the Comic Strip's 80s heavy metal heroes Bad News on BritBox this month.

By Rhys Lewis Updated: 31 May 2022 - 3.05pm
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Discover what’s on BritBox this June – from classic films and much-loved drama series to BritBox Originals and music documentaries.

There is plenty to watch on BritBox this month as the service kicks off a summer of British film with original documentary Reel Britannia and the addition of 40 British movies from wartime thrillers and kitchen sink dramas to 60s sex comedies and surrealist classics.

Iconic drama series State of Play and Tutti Frutti are available to watch from the middle of the month and later in June BritBox releases a set of music-themed films and documentaries including the Comic Strip's outgrageous Bad News rockumentaries.

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

Summer of British Film on BritBox

Tom Courtenay in Billy Liar

June kicks off a Summer of Film for BritBox viewers, as classic British movies like Billy Liar (above) and recent titles such as Centurion and A Single Man are added to the service.

To accompany this celebration of British cinema, four-part BritBox Original documentary series Reel Britannia begins on 9 June, with new episodes arriving every Thursday. Reel Britannia, narrated by comedian Nick Helm, will explore British film from the 1960s to the Noughties through new and archive interviews as well as behind the scenes footage.

Here are the classic British movies arriving on BritBox during June:

2 June

Scum (1979) - Groundbreaking Play for Today borstal drama with Ray Winstone

9 June

A Single Man (2009) - Colin Firth's professor struggles to cope with grief in 60s LA

Billy Liar (1963) - Tom Courtenay is the working-class daydreamer in British classic

Closing the Ring (2007) - Romantic drama directed by Richard Attenborough

Land of the Blind (2006) - Political satire with Ralph Fiennes and Tom Hollander

Poor Cow (1967) - Kitchen sink drama and Ken Loach's first feature film

Room at the Top (1959) - Oscar-winning British film starring Simone Signoret

Sunset Song (2015) - Historical drama set in the turn-of-the-century Highlands

The Angry Silence (1960) - Richard Attenborough stars as strike-breaker Tom

The L-Shaped Room (1962) - A woman meets fellow misfits in a boarding house

16 June

Black Joy (1977) - A Guyanese boy dreams of a better life in 1970s Brixton

Bright Star (2009) - Ben Whishaw stars in Jane Campion's biopic of poet Keats

Centurion (2010) - Rome's Ninth Legion is sent to Caledonia to fight the Picts

Chéri (2009) - Michelle Pfeiffer stars in Stephen Frears' romantic comedy-drama

Cool It Carol! (1970) - Sex comedy set in Swinging London starring Robin Askwith

Dear Frankie (2004) - A mother protects her deaf son from his abusive father

Easy Virtue (2008) - Jessica Biel and Colin Firth star in Noel Coward adaptation

Enduring Love (2004) - A fatal accident brings two strangers dangerously close

Jubilee (1978) - Queen Elizabeth I travels forwards in time to a dystopian London 

Sebastiane (1976) - Controversial Derek Jarman movie filmed entirely in Latin

That'll Be the Day (1973) - David Essex plays a rebellious teen in 1950s Britain

Stardust (1974) - That'll Be the Day sequel set in the 1960s and 1970s

The 14 (1973) - June Brown appears in this gritty tale of 14 orphaned children

The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) - Folk horror film set in 18th century England

The Iron Lady (2011) - Margaret Thatcher turn earned Meryl Streep her third Oscar

The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963) - Anthony Newley in Soho crime drama

Walkabout (1971) - Two children have to fend for themselves in remote Australia

Witchfinder General (1968) - Vincent Price plays the murderous Matthew Hopkins

23 June

Morgan: A Suitable Case for Treatment (1966) - Surreal comedy with David Warner

Prick Up Your Ears (1987) - Gary Oldman is playwright Joe Orton in tragic biopic

London Town (2016) - Troubled boy's life is transformed by the music of The Clash

Joe's Palace (2007) - A teenage housesitter forms an unlikely bond with a rich man

Friends and Crocodiles (2006) - Damian Lewis and Jodhi May star in 80s-set drama

Sparrows Can't Sing (1963) - Barbara Windsor stars in Cockney comedy drama

The Company of Wolves (1984) - Gothic horror fantasy starring Angela Lansbury

30 June

Dunkirk (1958) - Dramatisation of the 1940 evacuation of northern France

I Was Monty's Double (1958) - An actor mimics Montgomery to fool German spies

My Family and Other Animals (2005) - Imelda Staunton in Gerald Durrell's memoir

The Cruel Sea (1953) - Jack Hawkins stars in thrilling tale of the Atlantic convoys

Music shows coming to BritBox in June

Bad News at the Reading Festival 1987 Redferns/Getty

As the summer festival season gets into full swing, BritBox is launching a number of music-related titles at the end of June. These range from a live performance by the Eurythmics to exclusive interviews with Elton John and Duran Duran and a profile of Ronnie Scott and his iconic London jazz club.

BritBox is also adding Bad News and More Bad News, two spoof documentaries from the Comic Strip which follow the exploits of the heavy metal band of the title and star Ade Edmondson, Rik Mayall, Nigel Planer and Peter Richardson. 

You'll also get a chance to experience the sights and sounds of the second ever Glastonbury Festival, held in 1971 and chronicled in the film Glastonbury Fayre.

Music films and documentaries coming to BritBox - all on 23 June

Eurythmics: Live From Heaven (2002) - Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart in concert

Elton John: Uncensored (2019) - The Rocket Man talks openly to Graham Norton

Duran Duran: There's Something You Should Know (2018) - New Romantic retro

Ronnie's (2020) - The story of musician Ronnie Scott and his London jazz club

The Comic Strip Presents... Bad News (1983) - Alternative comedy rockumentary...

The Comic Strip Presents... More Bad News (1983) - ...And its outrageous sequel

Glastonbury Fayre (1972) - Documentary about the second Glastonbury Festival

Iconic drama series coming to BritBox

Two of the most critically acclaimed series of recent times are joining the extensive BritBox catalogue this month - 80s rock 'n' roll comedy drama Tutti Frutti and tense political thriller State of Play.

Tutti Frutti

Tutti Frutti BBC

When The Majestics' lead singer Big Jazza  is killed on the eve of their Silver Jubilee tour, manager Eddie Clockerty keeps the show on the road by talking Jazza's younger brother Danny into taking his place alongside his old classmate Suzi Kettles.

The band's fortunes take a turn for the better, but tensions arise on their dispiriting journey around Scotland's less salubrious pubs and clubs. 

Robbie Coltrane, Emma Thompson and Richard Wilson star in this cult classic from 1987.

Tutti Frutti is released on BritBox on 23 June

State of Play

State of Play BBC

John Simm and David Morrissey star in this six-part political thriller. Journalist Cal McCaffrey (Simm) discovers a link between a drug-related killing and the murder of Sonia Baker, a researched for his old friend, MP Stephen Collins (Morrissey). 

As he digs deeper into the story, McCaffrey uncovers a connection with the oil industry and corruption involving high-ranking government ministers, and is encouraged by his own newspaper to end the investigation quickly.

State of Play gripped viewers when first shown in 2003 and earned Bill Nighy a Best Actor Bafta. A star-studded cast also features Kelly Macdonald, James McAvoy, Mark Warren and Philip Glenister.

State of Play is released on BritBox on 23 June

More new series coming to BritBox this month

2 June

Bad Education S1-3 (2012-14) - Jack Whitehall staff-room sitcom

My Years With the Queen (2021) - Royal cousin Lady Pamela Hicks tells her story

Some Girls S1-3 (2012-14) - Lives and loves of South London schoolgirls - sitcom

The Queen and the Coup (2020) - Remarkable recently-declassified story

The Queen Unseen (2021) - A profile of the woman behind the crown

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1996) - Anne Bronte adaptation with Tara Fitzgerald

Love Hurts S1-3 (1992-94) - Adam Faith and Zoe Wanamaker's comedy drama

9 June

This Time with Alan Partridge S2 (2021) - Alan gets a chance to revive his career

Call the Midwife S10 (2021) - Nonnatus House enters the landmark year of 1966

Time (2021) - Sean Bean and Stephen Graham star in acclaimed prison drama

23 June

To the Manor Born S1-3 (1979-81) - Penelope Keith and Peter Bowles' hit sitcom

The Virgin Queen (2005) - Four-part retelling of the life of Queen Elizabeth I

State of Play (2003) - Political thriller starring John Simm and David Morrissey

Tess of the D'Urbervilles (2008) - Thomas Hardy adaptation with Gemma Arterton

The Cazalets (2001) - A wealthy family is transformed by the onset of World War II

Thorne S1-2 (2010) - David Morrissey plays the complex detective Tom Thorne

Tutti Frutti (1987) - Robbie Coltrane stars in cult rock'n'roll comedy drama

Good Vibrations (2012) - Biopic of Belfast's punk rock pioneer Terri Hooley

30 June

Run (2013) - Olivia Colman and Lennie James star in four-part ensemble piece

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