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BritBox Unveils What’s Coming to the Streamer in October 2020
BritBox, the subscription streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV offering the biggest collection of streaming British television in North America, has unveiled its October slate! Next month, the lineup includes a unique collection from the anthology series Play for Today in addition to the third season of Shakespeare and Hathaway: The Private Investigators, and more.
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Available October 1
All Creatures Great and Small Seasons 4-7 | Exclusive, New to BritBox
In 1937, young, newly-qualified surgeon James Herriot, arrived in a rural Yorkshire village to take up his first job in an established veterinary practice. But the treatment of sick animals here still seems to be rooted in the Dark Ages, not to mention the country-folk’s suspicion of strangers. Follow James in this beloved comedy classic as he continues the challenge of not only tending to the animals, but to win round the community too.
Available October 6
Shakespeare & Hathaway: The Private Investigators Season 3 | U.S. Premiere, Exclusive
The highly unlikely but hugely entertaining detective duo, Frank Hathaway (Mark Benton, Northern Lights) a hard-boiled private investigator and rookie ex-hairdresser Lu Shakespeare (Jo Joyner, Marley’s Ghosts) return in this quirky, fan-favorite crime drama, packed with corpses, comedy and cracking mysteries. With episodes including a heavy metal star making a pact with the devil and a Shakespeare museum filled with deadly secrets, season 3 of this smash-hit light-hearted mystery series has everything from kidnapping, blackmail, infidelity and murder. Assisted by the most loved sidekick Sebastian (Patrick McBride, Between Departures), watch as Shakespeare and Hathaway solve crimes in the birthplace of the bard.
Available October 9
Agatha Christie Tribute:
· Agatha | New to BritBox
Inspired by the two-week disappearance of famed British author Agatha Christie, this romantic mystery drama exposes the mystery and the revenge she plotted against her faithless husband. Academy Award winners Vanessa Redgrave (Howards End, Letters to Juliet) and Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Tootsie) star as world famous mystery author Agatha Christie and the man with whom she allegedly shared a mysterious romantic tryst.
· Alphabet Murders | New to BritBox
Tony Randall (Pillow Talk, The Odd Couple) stars as the redoubtable Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot in this crime mystery drama based on Agatha Christie’s novel The ABC Murders. Watch as Hercule Poirot confronts murder and mayhem when a demented killer murders in grisly alphabetical order, beginning with the initials A.A and slashing blithely towards Z.Z.
· Murder at the Gallop | New to BritBox
Based on the 1953 novel After the Funeral by Agatha Christie, Margaret Rutherford (Murder Most Foul, Murder She Said) stars as the iconic fictional character Miss Jane Marple in this crime drama sprinkled with light comedy. When Miss Marple and Mr. Stringer (Stringer Davis, Murder Most Foul, Murder She Said) are out soliciting for charity donations, they cross paths with a wealthy and eccentric man who appears to have been frightened to death by his pathological fear of cats. Suspicious that the man was intentionally murdered by an heir to his estate, Miss Marple investigates his death.
· Murder Most Foul | New to BritBox
Based on Mrs. McGinty’s Dead by Agatha Christie, Academy Award winner Margaret Rutherford (Murder at the Gallop, Murder She Said) stars as Miss Marple as the beloved character opposes a guilty verdict for Harold Taylor in the murder of his landlady, and investigates the case. When clues lead her to believe the landlady was blackmailing someone in a rundown theater company, she auditions for a part, but the killer strikes again as the curtain goes up. Can the spinster sleuth identify the murderer before he claims his next intended victim – Miss Marple herself?
· Murder She Said | New to BritBox
Based on the novel 4:50 from Paddington by mystery novelist Agatha Christie, intrepid spinster sleuth, Miss Marple (Margaret Rutherford, Murder at the Gallop, Murder Most Foul), reveals a closet full of skeletons as she tracks a killer in this strange case of the strangler-killer on the night express. Determined that the crime she saw does not go unpunished, Miss Marple goes undercover and discovers awful secrets tied to the Ackenthorpe estate and a series of terrible murders.
Available October 13
Play for Today Collection | Exclusive, New to BritBox
A unique collection of this iconic, star-studded anthology series that includes both original plays and adaptations of stage plays and novels is making its way to BritBox in honor of its 50th anniversary. A milestone in the history of British television, this flagship BBC single drama strand is as relevant as ever, challenging its audience to examine real-world issues that still resonate today. Among the collection are productions directed by renowned director Mike Leigh including Hard Labour, Home Sweet Home and Who’s Who. The collection also includes Kisses at 50, directed by Up series director Michael Apted. Boasting spectacular talent, the series features Helen Mirren (Prime Suspect, The Queen) in Soft Targets, Nigel Hawthorne (Yes, Minister, Yes Prime Minister) in Jessie and Alison Steadman (Pride and Prejudice, Gavin & Stacey) in Abigail’s Party, Nuts in May and Hard Labour. Titles include:
· Abigail’s Party
· A Cotswold Death
· All Good Men
· A Passage to England
· A Photograph
· Back of Beyond
· Bar Mitzvah Boy
· The Bevellers
· The Black Stuff
· Coming Out
· The Elephants’ Graveyard
· The Executioner
· The Fishing Party
· Funny Farm
· The Hallelujah Handshake
· Hard Labour
· Home Sweet Home
· Just Another Saturday
· Just A Boy’s Game
· Kisses at 50
· Leeds United!
· Nuts in May
· The Other Woman
· Penda’s Fen
· Rainy Day Women
· The Slab Boys
· Soft Targets
· Still Waters
· Who’s Who
Available October 21
My Family Secrets Revealed | New to BritBox, Exclusive
This innovative series captures the discovery of deep family secrets as people have the chance to connect directly with their family history for the first time. Through analyzing DNA, family trees and birth and death records, a team of genealogical and historical experts reveal fascinating stories, prove exciting connections, sometimes even a celebrity connection, and solve family puzzles about long lost relatives. Prepare to expect the unexpected as the experts often uncover astonishing tales of scandal, forbidden love, heroes in the family and heartbreaking loss.
Available October 27
New Tricks Seasons 1-6 | New to BritBox
A team of three retired former detectives with over 80 years service between them are recruited to re-examine unsolved crimes. The squad is headed up by Sandra Pullman (Amanda Redman, Pericles Prince of Tyre) – a detective in disgrace after bungling a hostage situation. The first task of the motley crew is to identify the real killer of a young cocktail waitress murdered in 1981. The team soon discovers that things are not what they seem and a trail of corruption, altered statements and dubious witnesses emerges. Adapting to the new touchy-feely 21st-century police strategies – not to mention working under a tough woman with her future on the line –- isn’t easy, as the three discover with plenty of comic results.
Available October 30
The Turn of the Screw (1999) | New to BritBox
A hauntingly atmospheric adaptation of Henry James’ classic gothic horror story starring Jodhi May (Emma, A World Apart) and Colin Firth (Pride and Prejudice, The King’s Speech). A young, inexperienced governess is hired to look after two small children abandoned by their uncle, following the death of their parents, at his grand country house. Unsettled by glimpses of ghostly figures that only she can see, she quickly believes that something malevolent is stalking the children in her care. She learns that her predecessor and her sinister lover both died under curious circumstances and prior to their death, they spent most of their time with Flora and Miles. Could they be the figures appearing to the new governess? But are appearances everything they seem to be? Are these apparitions truly supernatural or simply products of her overactive imagination? James’ novel is brilliantly brought to life in this evocative drama – full of ambiguity, eeriness and menace.
Available October TBD:
Mock The Week (Season 19) | New to BritBox
From the producers of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, the panel show combines the best elements of a panel show with stand-up, as two teams of comedians take a satirical swipe at the news and world events. This laugh-out-loud series is hosted by comedian Dara Ó Briain.
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The Advantages of Online Casino Welcome Bonuses
When it comes to online gambling, the industry is thriving in 2020. Although casinos are banned in many countries, people still find ways to enjoy their favorite games of chance. However, considering the level of competition on the market, it may be difficult for a beginner to find a good online platform and take advantage of all offers. In this article, you will learn the benefits of casinos’ welcome bonuses.
What Is a Sign-Up Bonus?
As we have already established, the industry is growing rapidly and companies are desperately looking for new ways to attract customers. A welcome bonus is often used by online casinos to get new leads and players in the future. However, the best casino bonuses can be easily used to the player’s advantage. Here are the main reasons you should not neglect this offer.
- It saves your money
Quite obvious, right? Well, this is the main reason why you should always use welcome bonuses in online gambling: it is always better to not risk your own money. It is especially true for beginners. Since they have no experience, it is fairly common for beginners to lose their initial investment and be done with gambling for good. However, if you use your welcome bonus as a way of getting the basics skills, the chances of success will rise significantly.
- It allows you to try several games
Another common issue beginners face is a lack of understanding of which types of games they want to try: slots, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, etc. If you use your sign-up bonus, you will be able to play several games and choose the ones you like better. Moreover, you can take advantage of a welcome bonus on several online gambling platforms. That way you will try out even more options.
- It will make future gambling more profitable
Besides beneficial sign-up bonuses, good online casinos usually have great loyalty programs. For instance, the company may double up to five first deposits on the platform. If you invest 100 USD, you will get 200 USD to your account. More money — more games — more chances of winning.
Although a welcome bonus is a great way of upping your gambling game, there are a few things you should pay attention to. Firstly, a good bonus does not equal a good platform. Before choosing a casino, make sure that the company is legal and trustworthy. Since there are many scams right now, it is essential if you want to save your money. Moreover, check the available deposit/withdrawal methods and their terms.
We hope that this article has shown the true power of online casinos’ welcome bonuses and how you can use them to your own advantage. Follow our tips while choosing a platform and enjoy the best gambling experience.
3 Key Mistakes to Avoid When Playing Blackjack
Blackjack is the most popular casino game in the world. The card game, sometimes referred to as ‘21’, accounts for an average of 31 percent of all casino table traffic – this is consistent both online and in physical casinos. For reference, the second most popular is roulette (24%) followed by poker (21%).
It’s easy to understand blackjack’s popularity. It’s a simple game to grasp and offers players a mix of luck and skill: luck in the cards that are drawn, skill over how those cards are dealt and a player’s eventual hand. Compare that to roulette, which is based entirely on luck, and poker, which has a huge skill element to it.
However, while the beauty of blackjack is in its simplicity, there are also a number of complexities to the game, and as is the case with almost anything in life, you learn more from mistakes than successes.
With that in mind, here are three key mistakes to avoid when playing blackjack that can significantly increase your chances of winning, while limiting your losses.
Choosing the Wrong Table
Before a single card is drawn, being at the wrong table – whether live or online – is the first mistake to avoid.
First of all, each blackjack table will have different minimum bet requirements so avoid choosing one that is out of your budget. For instance, if you choose a table with a $100 minimum bet and your budget is $200, you might only play two hands.
Secondly, check the payout odds on the blackjack table. These are typically 6:5 and 3:2 and will affect how much gets paid out when you hit blackjack and land other bonus wins. Where possible, choose a 3:2 table as it pays out higher.
Thirdly, choose between a virtual and a live table. This is not so much a mistake to avoid but more comes down to personal preference. Virtual tables allow players to play against an automated computer, so you can play at your own pace, while live tables are usually quicker paced as human dealers are keen to move the game along.
When to Hit and Stand
As a general rule, most blackjack players know to hit when the hand is 12 and to stand when the hand equals 17. However, there are plenty of variables to consider that could influence when to hit and stand. Getting these right can really boost your chances of beating the house, while getting it wrong could prove costly.
One key move to implement is to always hit on a soft 17 – when the two cards are an ace and a six. This means that if you draw a 10 or picture card (jack, queen, king), then you convert your hand into a hard 17. It also gives greater flexibility if you draw a smaller value card as the ace can be used as a one.
While many players adopt a strict ‘never bust’ policy, meaning they always stand when their hand equals 12 or more, this can be ill-advised as it depends almost entirely on the dealer going bust.
Instead, analyze the value of your two cards compared to the dealer’s first card and weigh up the risk factor in drawing another card before the dealer draws their second. As a strict rule, if your first two cards equal 17 or more, then stand – anything else can be hit depending on the situation.
When to Split and Double
If you are playing in a blackjack tournament, either online or live, learning when to split and double can make all the difference to your chances of success. The same also applies to individual games of blackjack.
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Splitting is when you split two cards when dealt the same value cards, so a pair of eights for example. Doubling is when you are given the option to double your bet after being dealt your initial two cards.
While it can be tempting to split and double at every opportunity to increase your winning, doing at the right time is the key.
It is not recommended to split when:
- You are dealt two picture cards or two 10s
- You are dealt two 9s
- You are dealt two 5s
- The dealer holds a 10 or picture card
It is best to split when:
- You are dealt two 8s
- You are dealt two aces
- The dealer holds a 5 or 6 (as this is the highest probability of a bust)
Similar to knowing when to hit and stand, take a brief moment to assess the dealer’s drawn card compared to your own two cards and determine whether the probabilities are in your favour.
Likewise, knowing when to double down – when not to double down – can change the complexities of your blackjack game. A simple rule to know when to double is if your two cards equal 10 and the dealer’s card is between 2-9. Additionally, if you hold an ace, you can consider a double as these have the flexibility of playing as 11 or 1. But if the dealer’s card is an ace, ignore the double.
Blackjack may be a simple game but there are some important strategies to keep in mind next time you head to the virtual or live table. The game itself is still rooted in luck so there are never any guarantees to long-term success. However, by keeping these three important rules in mind, you can at least avoid making avoidable mistakes.
Top 5 Entertainment Activities for College Students
The life of college students is sometimes too complicated. They have to face tons of homework assignments that steal their time. Many students get stressed because of continuous learning. They seem to forget how to relax. If you’re a busy student, you should remember that you’re still young and shouldn’t waste this precious life stage. You can undertake some entertainment activities sometimes. Take your friends and organize funny games to unwind and let off some pressure. We asked writing experts from a professional essay service Smart Writing Service to share their ideas and provide you with top-5 entertainment activities for college students you may like.
Who Are You?
Students, especially freshmen, don’t know each other perfectly. They may be taken by surprise when some of them tell something quite unexpected about their hobbies, preferences, and so on. If you want to know other students better, suggest playing a game called “Who Are You”.
Form at least three teams. If there are many folks, you can form more teams. Choose a speaker of the game. It may be even one of your teachers or professors. All groups will be given topics to discuss. The speaker is supposed to announce a new topic every few minutes. You may discuss and answer the following topics:
- What is the greatest challenge you are facing?
- What do you like or hate most about yourself?
- What is your greatest value in life?
- What emotions do you express easily?
- What is the most valuable thing in friendship?
- Who you want to become in five years?
- What is your major objective for next year?
- Is there something you want to improve about yourself?
- What motto do you try to live by?
- Where would you like to travel?
- If you were to study abroad, what country would that be?
Students should write their answers on index cards. The speaker should gather the answers of every student and shuffle them. Afterward, he/she redistributes them randomly to students. Each person should guess whose card he/she is holding. Play this game after you spend some time together and already know at least something about one another.
Another fun activity is “Sentence Completion.” Most people like it because it’s commonly accompanied by laughter and good mood. It’s necessary to prepare a list of sentences. Those sentences should have a beginning, but with no end. Every student should finish the sentence he/she gets. Oftentimes, students give funny answers. At times, they are quite serious, and we can learn something important about other students. Here are several sentence beginnings you may choose:
- Before I came to college, I was interested in…
- When I was a child, I wanted to become…
- The best moment I remember most about high school is…
- My favorite pet is…
- The things I value most are…
- Five years from now I hope to be…
- My greatest personality trait is…
- My favorite subject at high school was…
- If I could change one thing in the world, it would be…
- My greatest fear is…
- After I graduate from college, I…
The Reception Line
You may likewise try another entertaining activity for college students. It is called “The Reception Line.” Gather all the mates eager to participate. Divide yourselves into two groups. If you form more, it won’t fit the rules of the game. Each person talks to the person in front of him/her until he/she must move. The person at the end of one line goes to the end of the other line. This method makes it possible to meet new people. Thus, students will learn more about each other. You can make shifts every next topic or set a limit. For example, the pair should discuss 5 topics and afterward move to change partners. Here are some interesting topics to discuss:
- Where would you like to travel?
- What motto do you try to follow?
- What is your favorite movie?
- What music do you like?
- What is your favorite hobby?
- Why did you choose this college?
- What do you like about college life the most?
You can likewise suggest a game, which offers only two options. It’s called “Take Sides.” Create a list of questions with two answers. Students should obligatorily choose one of them. Afterward, you may discuss the answers. Let everyone explain his/her choices. Thus, you’ll learn more about each other, and it will bring you closer. Here are several suggestions:
- Watermelon or banana?
- Sweat or bitter?
- Short trips every weekend or a journey around the world for three months?
- Partying or hiking?
- Listen or speak?
- Rock or pop?
- Morning or night?
- Superman or Batman?
- Robocop or Terminator?
- Harry Potter or the Lord of the Rings?
- Los Angeles or New York?
- Liberal or conservative?
- American football or ice hockey?
My Most Embarrassing Moment
You can likewise tell each other about the most embarrassing moments. It’s important to be honest and don’t imagine a story that never took place. All the participants should agree on this term. Commonly, it is a very entertaining activity. Students tell funny stories they’ve been through. It commonly makes them closer.
These activities for college students are very simple to follow. They are really entertaining. Mind that we have mentioned only 5 of them. However, you can try a hundred activities more. Use our examples to have fun and relax. They may inspire you and your friends to look for other entertaining activities.