BritBox's first slate of original shows includes Irvine Welsh adaptation Crime

The streaming service will adapt four novels for its first raft of original shows, with actors including Jared Harris, Cush Jumbo and Dougray Scott set to star

BritBox has announced its first original series, including adaptations of books by Anthony Horowitz and Irvine Welsh. The streaming platform, created by the BBC and ITV, has until now focused on allowing users access to archived content from British broadcasters – but will now welcome four new series.

Crime, adapted by Welsh from his own novel, is the first time his work has been transferred to the small screen. Dougray Scott will star as the troubled detective inspector Ray Lennox, investigating the disappearance of a schoolgirl. “Delighted that BritBox have picked this up,” said Welsh. “Lennox is a compelling character for me, not so much a cop as a broken avenging angel. So don’t expect a run-of-the-mill cop show, and nonces beware.”

Magpie Murders is an adaptation of Horowitz’s bestseller, a “beguiling murder mystery with a solution that will both astonish and shock viewers” according to the broadcaster. “Magpie Murders is my most successful novel,” said tHorowitz. “It wasn’t easy to adapt. But I think the result is a completely original drama that will delight and beguile audiences in equal measure.”

That pair of dramas is joined by A Spy Among Friends, based on the Ben Macintyre novel, and a five-part thriller called The Beast Must Die that will feature Jared Harris of Chernobyl, and the star of The Good Fight, Cush Jumbo. It follows a grief-stricken mother who enters the life of the man she holds responsible for the death of her son.

Reemah Sakaan, the chief creative and brand officer at BritBox Global said: “Creating this exceptional roll call of talent, stories and productions in our first drama slate to add exclusively to the treasure trove of BritBox box sets from every UK PSB is something no one else can do, we can’t wait to bring them to subscribers.”


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