BritBox Slates Original Drama Dark Heart, Piers Morgan Morning Show


BritBox has revealed its next original drama, Dark Heart, a TV adaptation of the popular literary series, in addition to bringing to its lineup the daily British breakfast news program Good Morning Britain featuring Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid.

Set in London, Dark Heart is inspired by characters created by novelist Adam Creed, who has written a series of books featuring the character Detective Will Wagstaffe. The series is produced by Silverprint Pictures and written by screenwriter Chris Lang (Unforgotten, Torn, Undeniable, A Mother’s Son). Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons) stars, along with Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders).

Additionally, BritBox will add content such as the drama miniseries Three Girls from director Philippa Lowthrope (The Crown) and writer Nicole Taylor (The C Word); Bancroft, featuring Sarah Parish (Broadchurch); and Shakespeare & Hathaway, which was the biggest drama launch for a BBC daytime series in the last five years.

The service is doubling down on its “Now” offerings with the launch of Good Morning Britain and ITV’s This Morning, featuring Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby. A bespoke weekly recap of the best moments and top stories from Britain’s longest-running daytime show will be created and called This Morning: This Week. Combined with Good Morning Britain, these two productions will add nearly 300 hours of new Now content to the service.

BritBox is also presenting a special live Halloween episode of Inside No.9, a comedy created by and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, which will be simulcast alongside the live BBC broadcast.

“BritBox is proudly a mass niche service,” said BritBox President Soumya Sriraman. “We blend the immediacy of broadcast with the swagger of a digital streamer creating what I like to call a ‘broad-streamer.’ We feature the stars you know, the stars you will know soon and one-of-a-kind originals that with an unmatched library of classic and current entertainment gives you the unapologetically British experience.”