Brit streamer BritBox, co-owned by ITV and the BBC, has announced it will triple its programming spend. It announced a slate of new and returning shows yesterday.

Among the shows announced:

Beyond Paradise - Seeking a quieter life away from the stress of the city, DI Humphrey Goodman has taken a job as Detective Inspector in fiancée Martha’s hometown. However, they soon find that country life is anything but peaceful and Humphrey can’t help but be distracted by the town’s surprisingly high crime rate with a new, and very different, case challenging him each week.
Note: Beyond Paradise isn't available for Australia on BritBox - another service has it (if I were to guess, it'd be BBC First as it has been the home of Death in Paradise down under)

Three Little Birds - Written by Lenny Henry, it is a celebration of Black womanhood that follows three young women as they travel to Britain from Jamaica to build a new life.

Make it at Market - Dom Chinea (“The Repair Shop”) work with a team of business and craft experts to help a group of budding entrepreneurs make a living from their crafting hobby.

Karen Pirie - Based on Val McDermid’s celebrated crime novels, Lauren Lyle (“Outlander”) plays the lead detective sergeant Karen Pirie who is tasked with reopening an unsolved murder that has been the subject of a provocative true crime podcast.

BritBox International Expands ‘Death in Paradise’ Universe With BBC, Sets Lenny Henry Series With ITV, ‘Crime,’ ‘The Cleaner’ Return
The universe of the globally popular “Death in Paradise” series is being expanded with new show “Beyond Paradise.” The new series follows characters who have moved from sunn…

I took part in an Australian media call with BritBox execs on Wednesday night. I asked a couple of questions and yielded what I thought were the most interesting insights from the call:

  • Despite BritBox's sister BBC service BBC First operating in territories like Australia, there are no gentleman agreements between the two in regards to programming purchases. They work as true competitors in the territory.
  • In terms of depth of library titles, the US market seemingly leads. There's no desire to wait out library rights on any titles and then try to bring parity across all of the international streaming platforms (they're happy just to acquire library titles in each market when available). But what they are seeking to do is to acquire titles early and to sign them up exclusively across all BritBox territories for lengthy periods.
  • Kate Winslet will star in new HBO limited series Trust based on Hernan Diaz’s best-selling novel. Read: THR
  • Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi was originally planned to be a trilogy of movies. And then Solo bombed. Thanks, Solo. Read: Indiewire
  • Amazon's free streamer FreeVee will be the home of the Who's The Boss revival series. Read: THR
  • Cameron Diaz is stepping out of retirement. She'll star opposite Jamie Foxx in the new Netflix movie Back In Action. Read: THR
  • NBC has announced dates for its fall season - notably, the Quantum Leap revamp debuts on Sept 19. Read: thefutoncritic

Paper Girls, based on the Brian K Vaughn comic that is very much Stranger Things with time travel, debuts July 29 on Amazon Prime Video.

The third and final season of Apple TV+ drama See debuts August 26.

The Resort debuts on Peacock July 28.

Athena, a movie, debuts on Netflix in Sept.

Hours after the tragic death of their youngest brother in unexplained circumstances, three siblings have their lives thrown into chaos.

That's it for today. Tomorrow is another day, I'm told. See you then.