My earliest memory of British TV was Rumpole of the Bailey, an irreverent series about an iconoclastic barrister (a chiefly British term for lawyer) that made my father, a lawyer, howl with laughter. It was completely lost on me at the time—powdered wigs and all. Since then, U.K. TV and my taste in shows have come a long way. These days, I’m constantly begging my fiancé to watch incredible British shows like Sherlock and Moone Boy with me.
Anglophiles, feast your eyes on Hulu Plus as we launch a massive collection of new and landmark British programs from BBC Worldwide North America.
For years, Hulu has been a top destination for U.K. programming and titles such as Misfits, The Thick of It, Rev., Pramface and others exclusive to the service. Now, Hulu Plus will stream one of the largest collections of British imports in the U.S., including internationally beloved series like Doctor Who, Top Gear, Sherlock, and Luther, as well as comedies such as Fawlty Towers, Twenty Twelve, and Blackadder; sci-fi favorites Bedlam, Red Dwarf, and Primeval; and natural history shows, including selections from David Attenborough’s Life in the…series, Life of Mammals, and The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth. In addition, other titles like Upstairs, Downstairs, Wallander, and Bleak House will be available. In other words, there’s a little something for everyone (even my father).
The library is so huge, we’re launching various collections over the coming weeks:
Sept. 18: Doctor Who, Science Fiction and Adventure
The 50th anniversary of Doctor Who is nigh, and to prepare, Hulu Plus subscribers can immediately enjoy one of the widest online offerings of the acclaimed series. Today, fans can catch up on more than 170 episodes featuring the many doctors, as well as the show’s popular spin-offs The Sarah Jane Adventures and Torchwood. There’s more time travel, aliens, action and a touch of romance, with the launch of Life on Mars, Primeval, Robin Hood, Day of the Triffids, Red Dwarf, Survivors, The Fades, and more.
Sept. 24: Dramas and Masterpiece Classics
Cumberbitches, a label proudly worn by those enchanted by Brit heartthrob Benedict Cumberbatch, can now follow one of the most famous detectives of all time (indubitably, Sherlock Holmes) anytime on Hulu Plus. For the best drama and mystery that only Masterpiece delivers, join in the chase for London’s most intense, evasive criminals with Luther, examine the darker side of politics in the original House of Cards Trilogy, or discover the differences among 1930 London’s elite and lower class in Upstairs, Downstairs. Expect more mystery and intrigue from Mi-5 (Spooks), Hustle, Hotel Babylon, New Tricks, State of Play, Wallander, Whitechapel, Bleak House, Cranford, He Knew He Was Right, and more.
Oct. 1: Comedies
Some of the wildest characters and acclaimed comedians of British sitcoms are coming to Hulu Plus. The uninitiated can revel in the outrageous antics of Patsy and Edina in Absolutely Fabulous, the anarchic non-sequiturs of The Young Ones, and the hilarious history of Rowan Atkinson’s Blackadder, co-starring House’s Hugh Laurie, who was previously best known for the sketch comedy series A Bit of Fry & Laurie, also coming to Hulu Plus. Revisit John Cleese’s eccentric seaside hotel Fawlty Towers and Dawn French’s classic Vicar of Dibley, or discover newer sitcoms Come Fly With Me, Psychoville and Twenty Twelve (with Lord Grantham himself: Hugh Bonneville).
Oct. 8: Factual and Natural History
The world’s most widely watched factual TV series, Top Gear, races onto Hulu Plus, with its stylized presentation featuring supercharged motor vehicles and cross-country adventures, in addition to its spin-off Richard Hammond’s Crash Course. Turning the lens on the world’s oceans, jungles, continents and animals, Hulu Plus will also feature David Attenborough’s award-winning programming, including The Blue Planet, Life in the Canopy, Life in the Freezer, Life in the Undergrowth, Life in Cold Blood, The Life of Mammals and The Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth.
Additional series will roll out throughout the year, giving Hulu Plus subscribers access to more than 2,000 episodes of new and landmark BBC Worldwide titles. A selection of BBC Worldwide library programs will rotate through the free Hulu.com service.
From time travel to traveling around the world from your living room, the enhanced British content on Hulu Plus is just some of what’s to come to the service this fall. So, grab a cuppa tea and scones to fuel your British binge.