Hungama Play expands its library with blockbuster TV shows from BBC Studios


MUMBAI: Hungama Play, a premium video on demand platform owned by Hungama Digital Media, has premiered a slate of critically acclaimed TV shows from BBC Studios. Available as a result of a long-standing partnership with BBC Studios, these shows include BAFTA winner – Happy Valley, cult comedy – Yes, Prime Minister, Golden Globe winner – Top of the Lake, Emmy nominated – Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond and Almost Royal.

Hungama will leverage its distribution strengths to give the shows a wide release. Besides Hungama Play, the shows will be available to stream through Hungama Play on Vodafone Play, Idea Movies & TV, Airtel TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Tata Sky Binge, SHAREit and Android TVs. Additionally, Hungama’s strategic association with Xiaomi will also enable users to watch the shows via Hungama Play on Mi TV.

Speaking about the new BBC content, Siddhartha Roy, COO, Hungama Digital Media, said, “Hungama Play offers a diverse, multi-lingual and multi-genre library of content. Our partnership with BBC has helped us strengthen our library further by adding award-winning and critically acclaimed TV shows to our content offerings. We are certain that the new shows will offer our audiences a chance to explore content that is enriching, distinct and unique.”

Stanley Fernandes, Sales Director, South Asia at BBC Studios said, “BBC’s content is well-appreciated by viewers and critics alike, around the world. Our shows are known to be path-breaking and driven by strong stories and characters. We are glad to premiere five of our most-watched shows on Hungama Play. We are certain that Hungama Play’s strong distribution network will make the content available to the viewers readily and easily.”

New shows, now available on Hungama Play include:

Happy Valley

Happy Valley is a British crime drama that follows Catherine, a no-nonsense police sergeant who heads up a team of officers in a rural Yorkshire valley. Things go downhill when a staged kidnapping spirals out of control turning into a brutal series of crimes. The story follows Catherine involved in something significantly bigger than her rank, but unknowingly close to home. The BAFTA-winning series has been touted as a powerhouse of heartbreak, thrills and laughs along with a chilling narrative.

Creator: Sally Wainwright

Stars: Sarah Lancashire (BAFTA, National Television Award recipient), Siobhan Finneran (Downton Abbey), Charlie Murphy (Peaky Blinders), James Norton (Black Mirror)

Top of the Lake

Top of the Lake is a powerful and haunting story from Oscar-winning writer/director Jane Campion and stars Emmy Award winning actress Elisabeth Moss in the lead role (who won a Golden Globe for her performance in this show). Obsessed with the disappearance of a 12-year-old pregnant girl near a freezing lake in New Zealand, a brave detective finds herself up against small-town secrets and a side of herself that was meticulously kept at bay.

Creators: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee

Stars: Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale, Mad Men), David Wenham (300: Rise of an Empire, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, Lord of the Rings), Peter Mullan (Ozark, Braveheart), Holly Hunter (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Big Sick)

Yes, Prime Minister

A revival of classic 1980s comedy ‘Yes, Minister’, ‘Yes, Prime Minister’ deals with much complex situations of current times. The ultimately powerful but beleaguered Prime Minister is once again 'assisted' by his impenetrably loquacious Cabinet Secretary, Sir Humphrey Appleby, and torn but sensible Principal Private Secretary, Bernard Woolley. As in their previous roles, their jobs often devolve into a battle of agendas, ideals, wills, and wits.

Creators: Antony Jay, Jonathan Lynn

Stars: David Haig (Killing Eve, Downton Abbey), Henry Goodman (Notting Hill), Chris Larkin

Almost Royal

BBC America’s first original comedy series Almost Royal follows the lives of two ignorant British aristocrats visiting America for the first time.  The faux-reality series shows its protagonist interacting with real-life, unsuspecting everyday Americans.

Directors: Chris Faith, Marcus Liversedge

Stars: Ed Gamble, Amy Hoggart

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond

Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond that chronicles the adventurous military career of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. The fictionalized biography dwells on various aspects of Fleming’s Royal Navy espionage and romantic adventures. The action drama features Dominic Cooper in the titular role and is directed by Mat Whitecross.

Director: Mat Whitecross

Stars: Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger, My Week with Marilyn), Lara Pulver, Samuel West

The shows join Hungama Play’s extensive library of over 5000 films in English, Hindi and regional languages, over 1500 short films, 7500+ hours of kids and TV content in various languages and more than 150,000 short-format videos across genres like music, films, humour etc. 

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