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BritBox is premiering three new series in the next three months, including the highly-anticipated The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, plus comedies Bliss and Hold the Sunset.

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco
The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco: (L-R) Julie Graham as Jean McBrian, Rachael Stirling as Millie Harcourt, Crystal Balint as Iris Bearden, and Chanelle Peloso as Hailey Yarner — Photo courtesy of BritBox

BritBox has just announced new program acquisitions for its summer slate.

In addition to its exclusive North American premiere of The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, the first BritBox Original series, the SVOD service from BBC Studios and ITV will debut the UK comedies Hold the Sunset, with John Cleese  (Monty Python, Fawlty Towers) and Alison Steadman (Orphan Black, Gavin & Stacey) leading the ensemble cast, and Bliss, starring Stephen Mangan (Episodes, The Split), Heather Graham (Austin Powers, Californication), and Jo Hartley (This Is England, David Brent: Life on the Road).

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco

This follow-up series to The Bletchley Circle picks up in 1956 and finds two of the original lead characters — Millie (Rachael Stirling, Detectorists, Capital) and Jean (Julie Graham, Shetland, Retribution) — traveling to the US and joining forces with two American code-breakers to tackle a string of new murder cases.

In the first episode, Millie and Jean, along with Iris Bearden (Crystal Balint, Mech-X4, Prison Break) and Hailey Yarner (Chanelle Peloso, Sacred Lies, Level Up), go after a serial killer from their Bletchley war days, who has resurfaced in the United States.

The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco premieres in the US and Canada on Thursday, July 26.


Created and written by Primetime Emmy® winner David Cross (Arrested Development, The Ben Stiller Show), this half-hour comedy series follows the complicated double-life of a successful travel writer who, through extenuating circumstances, finds himself living between two families.

With each of his families not knowing about the existence of the other, Andrew (Mangan) lives in a state of perpetual moral crisis as he struggles to balance his time between partner Kim (Graham) and their teenage daughter Christina (Hannah Millward, Broadchurch) and his other partner Denise (Hartley) and their teenage son Kris (Spike White, Uncle). As Andrew’s worlds become ever harder to contain, his sanity becomes ever harder to maintain, as he goes to increasingly drastic measures to protect both his families.

Bliss on BritBox
Bliss: (L-R) Hannah Millward as Christina, Heather Graham as Kim, Stephen Mangan as Andrew, Jo Hartley as Denise, and Spike White as Kris — Image courtesy of BritBox

BritBox will premiere Bliss in August.

Hold the Sunset

This sitcom — John Cleese’s first new TV series in decades — centers on Edith (Steadman), a widow who finally gives into the advances of old flame Phil (Cleese), only to have her adult son Roger (Jason Watkins, Trollied, Line of Duty) show up at her door and announce that he’s left his job, wife, and kids and is moving back home to search for his true happiness.

The top-notch cast includes Rosie Cavaliero (Prey), Peter Egan (Unforgotten), Anne Reid (Last Tango in Halifax), James Cosmo (Game of Thrones), and Joanna Scanlan (No Offence).

BritBox will premiere Hold the Sunset in September.

Stay tuned for updates.


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BritBox Launching The Bletchley Circle: San Francisco, Bliss & Hold the Sunset This Summer