6 British Shows to Stream in August of 2021


July brought a bountiful harvest of British content coming to American streaming services, with multiple debuts across nearly a dozen streamers, many of which are still dropping episodes this month. August slows it down and skips Netflix entirely for a second month this year. But though it may be the dog days of summer, there are still new series to check out.

So, what's coming to the U.S. in British TV this August? Let's run down the biggest titles arriving this month.

PBS Passport

Call The Midwife Season 9

After a long delay for Call The Midwife Season 10, the beloved period piece medical series returns to PBS this September. PBS Passport celebrates by bringing back 2020's Season 9 for an encore streaming performance starting Aug. 4 so fans can reorient themselves to where all the characters stand. PBS Passport viewers should also note that Season 10 will begin streaming early for members at the very end of the month.

Before We Die Season 2

Walter's Choice also brings new episodes to PBS Passport in August with Season 2 of Before We Die. Please note, this is the original Swedish crime drama series starring Marie Richardson as Detective Hannah Svensson, not the U.K. remake that just debuted earlier this year with Lesley Sharp. Season 1 saw her confronting a case that became personal when her lover Sven went missing. Season 2 brings her back to continue the hunt for the Mimica family. All eight episodes arrive on Aug. 5.

Acorn TV

Hinterland Seasons 1-3 

Acorn TV's big get from the recent TV landscape, Hinterland, known in Welsh as Y Gwyll, is a noir detective thriller that ran on S4C and BBC One Wales from 2013-2016. Starring Richard Harrington as Detective Chief Inspector Tom Mathias, the series features Mali Harries as Detective Inspector Mared Rhys, who knows Aberystwyth society inside out. Over three seasons, they confront a series of mysterious murders.

Acorn will drop a season a week every Monday from Aug 2-16.

My Life Is Murder Season 2 

Acorn TV's new original series this month is the down-under set My Life Is Murder, starring Lucy Lawless as fearless and unapologetic detective Alexa Crowe.

Season 2 moves the action from Australia to Auckland as Alexa finds herself back in her home country for the first time in years, where she gets involved in a local case. The new season also features a parade of guest stars, including William Shatner(!) The ten-episode Season 2 starts dropping an episode a week on Aug. 30.


McDonald & Dodds Season 2

BritBox is working to make itself the home of British Mysteries we all know and love, with the arrival of McDonald & Dodds. Featuring breakout star Tala Gouveia and BAFTA-winning Jason Watkins as the unlikely pair, DCI McDonald and DS Dodds, this three-part detective drama is set in the historic city of Bath, giving it one of the best backdrops in the business.

All episodes of Season 2 arrive Aug. 3


The critically acclaimed Sean Bean series Time is BritBox's big original arriving this month. Bean stars as Mark Cobden, an otherwise average man guilty of murder, doing his four years. Stephen Graham plays the corrections officer trying to protect prisoners like Cobden from the casual violence that permeates the understaffed prison but faces difficult choices. The three-part series premieres on Aug. 17.


Ani Bundel has been blogging professionally since 2010. A DC native, Hufflepuff, and Keyboard Khaleesi, she spends all her non-writing time taking pictures of her cats. Regular bylines also found on MSNBC, Paste, Primetimer, and others. 

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