Thanks to BritBox, American’s will be able to watch Her Majesty The Queen’s annual Christmas Day speech without having to hunt it down.
The streaming service run by BBC and ITV will bring the “best of British” across the pond for the holiday’s, including The Queen’s Christmas message and other British holiday staples.
BritBox President Soumya Sriraman said: “U.K. television has a rich tradition of celebrating the holidays in a big way,
“We have the largest offering of British premieres, near simulcast, and classic British holiday specials anywhere in the U.S.”
They hold the exclusive U.S streaming rights to Dickensian from BBC One that features multiple Charles Dickens’s characters from different novels all on one show such as Inspector Bucket of Bleak House trying to solve the murder of A Christmas Carol‘s Jacob Marley. Other television adaptations include Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol.
Suitable dubbed “BritMas”, the holiday feature has Christmas specials of the United Kingdom’s biggest soaps, Coronation Street and Eastenders. Agatha Christie’s Poirot and Miss Marple will be available, with Christmas specials of Absolutely Fabulous, Blackadder and The Office.
BritBox was launched last year and as of this time is sadly only available in the U.S, although ITV and BBC have said that they have further plans for more international launches. The streaming service Acorn is another option for American customers, who also focus on British shows.
The Queen has annually delivered her Christmas Day message each year since becoming Queen in what is a tradition for many.
The practice of addressing the subjects on Christmas day began with King George V (Queen Elizabeth II’s grandfather) in 1932: curiously enough not by the initiative of the King himself but as a way to inaugurate the BBC World Service. The first Royal Message, composed by no less than poet Rudyard Kipling, began with the significative words “I speak now from my home and from my heart to you all.”.