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The UK version of the ITV/BBC-created BritBox streaming service has confirmed four original commissions led by a raft of scripted drama.
BritBox UK 27Feb2019
In addition to A Spy Among Friends; the limited series based on the best-selling book written by Ben Macintyre and produced by ITV Studios’ BAFTA award-winner Patrick Spence, BritBox UK will offer The Beast Must Die, Crime and Magpie Murders will debut exclusively on the UK streamer.

Leading the slate is original British five-part revenge thriller, The Beast Must Die is being produced by New Regency Television and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free. New Regency is also the international distributor on the production. Starring Cush Jumbo, Billy Howle and Nathaniel Parker, and based on the novel by Nicholas Blake, The Beast Must Die tells the story of a grieving mother who infiltrates the life of the man she believes killed her son. Jared Harris is also poised to star.

Commenting on the commission Ed Rubin, head of New Regency Television International said: “We are tremendously excited to be bringing Nicholas Blake’s gripping novel to the screen, as the first drama for New Regency Television out of the UK – and one of the first BritBox originals. It’s been adapted brilliantly by Gaby, and we couldn’t ask for a more talented cast and team to bring it to life.” Marina Brackenbury, head of TV and Film at Scott Free UK added: “The Beast Must Die is both intensely emotional and thrilling, with a fresh and exciting psychology at play between all the characters; Dome and our stellar cast each bring a very personal take to the material which - along with our partners New Regency, BritBox and Nathaniel Parker - we feel will undoubtedly translate as a must see for audiences.”

Based on his novel, Irvine Welsh will adapt his first TV drama Crime, alongside long-standing screenwriting partner Dean Cavanagh. Set in Edinburgh and directed by James Strong the six-episode production will star Dougray Scott as Detective Inspector Ray Lennox, who is investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl while battling his own personal demons. Crime is being produced by Buccaneer Media, Tony Wood and Dougray Scott. Executive producers are Irvine Welsh, Dean Cavanagh, Richard Tulk-Hart and James Strong.

Magpie Murders is adapted from the bestseller written by Anthony Horowitz. It has been commissioned by BritBox alongside Masterpiece on PBS and will be produced by Eleventh Hour Films. A murder mystery with an end designed to astonish and shock viewers, the plot of Magpie Murders revolves around the character Susan Ryeland, an editor who is given an unfinished manuscript of an author’s latest novel, but has little idea it will change her life.

Commenting on the new slate, Reemah Sakaan, group director ITV SVOD and chief creative and brand officer BritBox Global said: “BritBox Originals need to be bold, bingeable and distinctively British. Creating this exceptional roll call of talent, stories and productions in our first drama slate to add exclusively to the treasure trove of BritBox boxsets from every UK PSB is something no one else can do, we can't wait to bring them to subscribers.”