I've been trying Acorn TV as a trial through my Roku for the last 30 days. It touts itself as the British television's best. It may not be the best but it has some gems. While they can be ordered via Netflix, only a few come per disk, hampering when you can watch them. I liked the Acorn TV offerings because I could just pull it up and watch.
They had some that we've seen before - Blue Murder, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Slings & Arrows, and the original Upstairs, Downstairs. There were some we caught once or twice before that we watched through the entire series (they were short series), like Maigret, with one of my favorites in the title role in the second season, Michael Gambon.
We also found some new surprises. First up was Above Suspicion, a modern British police procedural. The mystery wasn't great but as is often the case with the Brit procedurals, they create diverse, lively characters with depth that create some fascinating viewing. It was a short series but next up was The Fabulous Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries. From Australia, it was diverting and different television. Centered around a wealthy young woman in in the 1920s investigating and solving mysteries, it was set in the 1920s in Melbourne, Australia. Essie Davis was brill in the title role, delivering nicely rounded insouciance, toughness and vulnerability to the heroine's stylish behavior.
Discovered earlier this week was Edward VII. While a bit watered down so far as historic references, it was another intriguing glimpse into a royal court's behavior. Annette Crosbie, an actress I've enjoyed through the decades, was wonderful as fiercely stern and royal Queen Victoria. You really felt for the heir apparent as he endured being kept under his mum's thumb.
Acorn TV rotates its stock. It tells you when the current series began its run on their channel and when that run will end. They seem to run for about two months. The new rotation comes up each Sunday.
This week's rotation brought us Dirk Gently. We loved the Douglas Adams book so we were eager to see the television show. It's not much for whodunit but accurately captured the book's whimsical characters and style, in many ways reminding us of Doctor Who.
With all this in mind, our 30 day free trial ended. We decided to pay out the $30 to watch it for another year. After all, George Gently is due to begin.
We haven't seen him in a while. It'll be like visiting with an old friend.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com