’Tis the season to be merry on BritBox

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HO, ho, ho! BritBox’s stocking is overflowing with bingeable new and exclusive British content for the holidays with just-landed seasons of popular favourites, including the final season of the global hit Doc Martin, in which our grumpy medic finds himself at a career and personal crossroads. 

If you loved the offbeat Professor T, the good news is that the second season of this darkly comic crime drama debuts this month, with Ben Miller reprising his title role as the brilliant but troubled Cambridge professor solving a series of baffling crimes. Plus, everyone’s favourite countryside family, The Larkins, are back for more sun-drenched comedy drama in the second season of this The Darling Buds of May reboot.

And documentary series Inside Tatler: A Guide to British Posh gives us a behind-the-scenes look at Britain’s upper classes through the pages of iconic magazine Tatler and see how the other 1% lives.

  • Doc Martin season 10, Thursday 1 December

Our favourite grumpy GP is back for his swan song season. The life (and romantic antics) of the curmudgeonly Doc has won millions of fans around the world since the first series aired in 2004. Now Martin Clunes returns to the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall to play Dr Martin Ellingham for one last time in season 10 of this hugely successful drama.

This final season sees the Doc questioning whether he made the right decision about resigning. He and his wife Louisa (Caroline Catz – The Vice, DCI Banks) have also welcomed a baby daughter, Mary Elizabeth, a sister for four-year-old James Henry. With Louisa pursuing her new career as a child counsellor in his old surgery, the Doc is left literally holding the baby, and indulging his hobby of repairing clocks on the kitchen table. But does he really want his old job back?

Binge the previous nine seasons on BritBox and then settle in for this final outing which sees all the regular cast members reprising their roles, including Dame Eileen Atkins as Doc Martin’s formidable Aunt Ruth, Ian McNeice as Bert Large, and Joe Absolom as his son Al. The 10th season also boasts an impressive line-up of guest stars, including Fay Ripley, Lesley Nicol, Hermione Norris, Kenneth Cranham, Rupert Graves and Ben Miller.

  • Professor T season 2, Thursday 8 December

Settle back to savour a second six-part series of this darkly comic crime drama, set in the university town of Cambridge. Professor T stars Ben Miller (Bridgerton, Death in Paradise) as university academic Jasper Tempest, a master criminologist and amateur sleuth who solves a succession of quirky and baffling cases.

Season two sees the brilliant but troubled Professor Tempest continue to help solve unusual crimes, rekindling his relationship with Chief Inspector Christina Brand (Juliet Aubrey – Middlemarch, Primeval). Meanwhile, Professor T’s protégé, Inspector Lisa Donckers (Emma Naomi – Bridgerton), begins to regret prioritising her career over her budding relationship with police partner Dan Winters (Barney White – Social Suicide).

Frances de la Tour (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, The History Boys) returns this season as the Prof’s mother. Says Miller: “Expect more baffling crimes, more breath-taking scenery and some answers to the most intriguing mystery of all: what is it, exactly, in his childhood, that makes the Professor tick?” If you’re new to Professor T, season one is currently available exclusively on BritBox.

  • Inside Tatler: A Guide to British Posh season 1, Thursday 15 December

For more than 300 years, Tatler has been the UK’s high-society bible, documenting and dictating the social calendar of the upper class. For the first time, this three-part fly-on-the-wall documentary series steps through its gilded doors to gain access to the elite world it covers.

From hunting trips with Britain’s most eligible dukes to lavish parties and iconic balls, not to mention going “toff hunting” in Scotland, the series reveals the complex layers of social etiquette – and the quintessential Britishness – that continue to define age-old lines of class and power to this day. Join BrtiBox for a revealing look behind the scenes at Tatler, the world’s oldest magazine, which has been reporting on the lives of Britain’s most privileged and powerful for three centuries.

  • The Larkins season 2, Thursday 22 December

Set in 1950s rural England, comedy drama The Larkins returns for six whimsical new episodes, with Bradley Walsh (Coronation Street, Doctor Who) and Joanna Scanlan (The Thick of It, Notes on a Scandal) back as much-loved couple Pop and Ma Larkin.

The second season sees the Larkin family at war with their new neighbours the Jerebohms, played by Morgana Robinson and Julian Rhind Tutt, while there’s also Charley’s (Tok Stephen) wedding to get excited about and a new romance for Primrose Larkin (Lydia Page). Following Sabrina Bartlett’s departure, Joelle Rae (Get Even) makes her debut as eldest daughter Mariette.

Other highlights are several tumultuous gatherings of the village regulars, including a barbecue, wheelbarrow race, fun fair and a mass christening in a swimming pool – all held on the Larkins’ sun-kissed Kentish farm. Season one of The Larkins, plus its forerunner The Darling Buds of May, are available to binge on BritBox.

The BritBox app is available on Android TV, including enabled Smart TVs, Google Chromecast with GoogleTV, Nvidia Shield, MiBox and MiStick, plus Android and Apple mobile/tablets, FireTV, Samsung Smart TV and LG Smart TV. Enjoy one week’s free trial, sign up at R99.99 per month or R999.99 for 12 months, and register for email updates here.

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