Top British Series including Downton Abbey coming to Vidi in April


Downton Abbey - the award-winning and critically acclaimed British period drama which has become one of the most widely watched television drama shows in the world – is coming to VIDI next month.

Available on South Africa’s premier video on demand entertainment service from April 22, the series - set in the fictional Yorkshire country estate of Downton Abbey - depicts the lives of the aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era with the great events in history having an effect on their lives and on the British social hierarchy.

VIDI will be airing the first three seasons beginning with the first season in April. Events depicted throughout the series include news of the sinking of the RMS Titanic in the first series; the outbreak of the First World War, the Spanish influenza pandemic and the Marconi scandal in the second series and the interwar period and the formation of the Irish Free State in the third series, all of which are being aired on the channel.

Downton Abbey stars Hugh Bonneville, Michelle Dockery, Joanne Froggatt, Elizabeth McGovern, Jim Carter and Maggie Smith.

Also coming to the service are the first three seasons of Call The Midwife (with the first season available from April 8), a BBC period drama series about a group of nurse midwives working in the East End of London in the 1950s and 1960s and originally based on the memoirs of Jennifer Worth.

There’s also the classic British television sketch comedy The Catherine Tate Show (VIDI from April 17) which has been nominated for six BAFTA Awards, two British Comedy Awards and an Emmy Award, and it has won two Royal Television Society Awards, two British Comedy Awards and a National Television Award since its debut in 2004.

VIDI has also scheduled some not -to-be-missed blockbuster titles in April and the good news is that you don’t have to be a VIDI monthly subscriber to access these movies.  It costs R27 for the hot-off-the-big-screen latest releases, while there are also premium recent release titles for rent from just R15 a movie.

April blockbusters include:

• Spud 3: Learning to Fly - The third movie based on the best-selling books by John Van De Ruit and filmed in South Africa.  As Spud Milton continues his awkward stagger through adolescence, he learns one of life's most important lessons: When dealing with women and cretins, nothing is ever quite as it seems. With John Cleese, Caspar Lee and Alex McGregor. (From April 10)
• The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – The third and final instalment in the three-part film adaptation by director Peter Jackson based on the novel The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Stott and James Nesbitt. The film has grossed over $951 million, surpassing both The Fellowship of the Ring and The Two Towers nominally, making it the second highest-grossing film of 2014 and the 26th highest-grossing film of all time. (From April 13)

For more information on these and other VIDI titles, go to

Source: Company Press Release, Vidi, 11 March 2015.