BritBox Canada has you covered for the ultimate date night this Valentine’s. The best part – it’s right from the comfort of your own home!
Britain has played host to some of the greatest love stories of all time. Whether it’s getting lost in the romance of the timeless classics you know and love from Shakespeare, Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte or going on a journey of love and loss with Mum, BritBox Canada has an extensive catalogue guaranteed to warm your heart this season.
February 14th also marks BritBox Canada’s second anniversary. To celebrate both occasions, we have selected our definitive guide to Great British Love Stories. Perfect for binge watching this weekend.
1. Against the Law
About Against the Law: When Peter Wildeblood fell in love with Edward McNally in 1952, homosexuality was a crime in Britain. Their love affair would have devastating consequences for each of them, leading to a watershed moment for British equality.
2. Boy Meets Girl
About Boy Meets Girl: A romantic comedy about the unexpected relationship between Judy and Leo, a 40-something transgender woman and a down on his luck, 26-year-old man. Differences mean nothing if love means everything.
3. Brideshead Revisited
About Brideshead Revisited: Evelyn Waugh’s drama about a generation of wealthy, careless, independent men and women clinging to a way of life eroded by one war and soon to be swept away by another. Starring Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons.
4. Christopher and His Kind
About Christopher and His Kind:Matt Smith and Toby Jones star in this stirring drama chronicling the formative years of novelist Christopher Isherwood and the forging of his identity amidst the chaos of 1930s Berlin.
About Cranford:The incomparable Judi Dench stars in this story of Cranford, a small-town hub of intrigue where everyone talks – and everyone is talked about. The town is on the cusp of change, and the lives of its residents push ever forward.
6. The Darling Buds of May
About The Darling Buds of May: The wet English summer has dampened the Larkins’ spirits. Features Catherine Zeta Jones in her breakthrough role.
7. Doctor Zhivago
About Doctor Zhivago: The sweep and scale of the Russian Revolution acts as the backdrop for the intense and ultimately heartbreaking love story of Doctor Yury Zhivago, the physician and poet who wrestles with the anguish of being torn between the love of two women, Tonya and Lara.
About Emma: Romola Garai is Jane Austen’s fickle heroine, fatally convinced she is good at matchmaking, but unaware she is playing a dangerous game that might finally force her to grow up.
9. Gavin & Stacey
About Gavin & Stacey:After months of phone flirting, Gavin and Stacey are going to meet. Gav brings Smithy. Stacey brings Ness. So begins three seasons of dirty, sweet comedy. So get cracking.
10. Jane Eyre
About Jane Eyre: Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel springs vibrantly to life in this lavish and slightly steamy adaptation.
11. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
About A Midsummer Night’s Dream: A sparkling modern take on a Shakespeare classic, Russell T Davies’s adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream sees a cast of acting royalty and incredible new talent bringing the Bard’s words to life in this spellbinding adaptation.
12. Upstairs Downstairs
About Upstairs Downstairs: Popular period drama series. 30 years in the life of the Bellamy family and their below stairs servants between the years 1903 and 1930.
13. Mrs. Brown
About Mrs. Brown: Following the death of Prince Albert, the mourning Queen Victoria withdraws from public life, only later to be drawn out of her shell by the prince’s former servant, a brash Scot called John Brown. Loyalty and friendship intertwine in the unconventional relationship between Queen Victoria (Dame Judi Dench) and John Brown (Billy Connolly), which caused a palace scandal that threatened to weaken the monarchy. Dame Judi Dench stars in her Academy Award-nominated role as Queen Victoria, alongside Billy Connolly (The Boondock Saints) and Geoffrey Palmer (Tomorrow Never Dies).
About Mum: Lesley Manville (Harlots) stars in this warm comedy as a woman managing the death of her husband and her daft family.
15. Pride and Prejudice
About Pride and Prejudice: Colin Firth in his wet shirt was the television moment of the 90s. This irresistible, sophisticated and sexy saga launched Firth and Jennifer Ehle to international fame and inspired a modern Jane Austen renaissance.
16. Tina and Bobby
About Tina and Bobby: Heartbreaking love story of football’s original golden couple. Michelle Keegan (Coronation Street) stars as Britain’s first WAG and wife of the legendary footballer, Bobby Moore.
17. Tipping the Velvet
About Tipping the Velvet: A tempestuous tale of love and life as a naive girl discovers both romance and pain in the hidden, decadent world of bohemian London in the 1890s.
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