Disney has announced a number of new titles coming to Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland this summer, but among the many Disney+ Originals and 20th Century Studio films, there are a number of British shows that will be added, including:
Baptiste – 2nd July
Tchéky Karyo reprises his role from `The Missing’ as never-quite-retired detective Julien Baptiste. Julien is in Amsterdam, staying with his wife, daughter and son-in-law after the birth of his daughter’s first child. Feeling restless and in the way, Julien gets out of the house and meets with an old flame who also happens to be Amsterdam’s chief of police, and who has a job for him: to help track down missing woman Natalie. Julien meets with Natalie’s uncle, Englishman Edward Stratton, and they begin a search that quickly uncovers more questions than answers. Delving into the depths of Amsterdam’s dark underworld, Julien finds himself and his family drawn into a mystery that is deeper and more dangerous than he could have realised.
White House Farm – 16th July
The true story of one night in August 1985, when five members of the same family were murdered at an Essex farmhouse. Extensive research, interviews and published accounts provide fresh insight into the tragic events and the following investigation.
The Accident – 9th July
A close-knit community in a small Welsh town is hopeful of a better and more prosperous future when a large construction project is planned in the area. But when a terrible explosion rips through the site, killing many — including children — the accident devastates the community. The immediate loss of loved ones is heartbreaking, but the community also feels its sense of hope vanish in the aftermath. The daughter of the local politician who pushed for the construction work is left with a permanent disability, a visible sign of the grief and rage that threatens to tear the town apart.
Kiri – 9th July
From the award-winning writer Jack Thorne, National Treasure: Kiri focuses on the fallout following the disappearance of a young black girl – Kiri. The drama examines the impact, both public and private, of Kiri’s imminent adoption by her white foster family, her relationship with her birth family, and the overwhelming media interest in the case after she disappears.
National Treasure – 9th July
Paul Finchley is a bona fide “national treasure”, one half of a popular, long-running comedy double act. However, the famous comedian’s world is thrown into chaos when he is accused of historic sexual abuse.
The Informer – 13th August
A young, second-generation Pakistani man from East London is coerced by a Counter-Terrorism officer to go undercover and inform for him. The officer himself has a past he is unwilling to expose, and as he pushes his informant deeper, the stakes for both men get higher and higher. It is a story about identity in a world where lines are increasingly being drawn, and sides are being taken.
What happens when you, or your friends, family or neighbours fall on the wrong side of that line, and the personal becomes political.
What’s interesting about these titles being added to Disney+ in the UK this summer, is that they’ve not been made by any Disney studio like 20th Television and have been previously released on other UK networks such as Channel 4, BBC, Netflix and Amazon Prime. These British shows have been created by a number of different production companies including All3Media and The Forge. So they could have been purchased or licensed for Disney+ in the UK.
Having a collection of British made series on Disney+ is important to help with the European quota, which requires a percentage of the content available to have been made within Europe. It also offers subscribers much more choice of content, which reduces the number of people who leave the service and also encourages people to sign up, if they see new content from their own country.
Many of these shows are currently available on Disney’s Hulu in the United States.
Would you like to see more British shows on Disney+?