Acorn TV BINGE GUIDE: UK Feel-Good Comfort TV, Brit Village Mysteries, Foreign Language Dramas, Armchair Escapes

While self-confined at home during this most difficult time, people can indulge for hours with Acorn TV’s world-class, acclaimed mysteries, alluring dramas and witty comedies that rank among the best in British and international television. Acorn TV is the exclusive U.S. streaming home for many highly-in-demand series, including last year’s #1 drama on ITV (Manhunt, starring Doc Martin’s Martin Clunes), the most recent, highly-rated season 5 of BBC’s top drama in 2019 (Line of Duty), as well as the complete series of the award-winning British WWII drama Foyle’s War.

Below are a sampling of Acorn TV’s most popular and addictive series featuring British village mysteries, feel-good/comforting UK TV, foreign language dramas and armchair escape-worthy travelogues.

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BRITISH VILLAGE MYSTERIES

DEADWATER FELL

“The new Broadchurch…but more irresistible… moving, compelling crime drama” – The Guardian

This darkly gripping and highly-rated UK miniseries’ stellar ensemble cast features David Tennant (Broadchurch, Doctor Who, Good Omens), and Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight, Vera), When a seemingly perfect and happy family is murdered by someone they know and trust, the small Scottish community they call home becomes torn apart with mistrust and suspicion as those closest to the family begin to question everything they thought they knew about their friends. New series launches April 6, with new episodes through April 27Episodes: 4 | Trailer | Watch Now

MIDSOMER MURDERS

“A must for British TV fans” —Los Angeles Times

Homicide, blackmail, greed, and betrayal are just a taste of what goes on behind the well-trimmed hedges of Midsomer County in this deliciously sinister, long-running UK series starring Neil Dudgeon. The suspense doesn’t let up in the latest 21st season: things run awry at the annual “Paramount Dance Extravaganza,” where there are deep running feuds and passions behind the sequins and smiles; in another episode, a prolific real estate agent is murdered in front of a crowd at the unveiling of a doll house collection at Midsomer Museum. Seasons: 21(126 episodes)Trailer (season 21)  | Watch Now

FEEL-GOOD UK FAVORITES

DETECTORISTS

“Lovely British gem… First-rate writing and superb, intimate performances” —The Hollywood Reporter

This “wistful, subtle” (Guardian, UK) BAFTA Award-winning comedy follows the eccentric members of the Danebury Metal Detecting Club as they search for treasure in the English countryside. Written and directed by star Mackenzie Crook (The Office), Detectorists also stars Toby Jones (The Hunger Games), Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle), and Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones). Seasons: 3 (19 episodes)| Trailer | Watch Now

LOVEJOY

“One of television’s most charming and appealing characters” —The Washington Post

Golden Globe® winner Ian McShane (Deadwood) exudes rakish charm as “the James Bond of antiques dealers” (New York Times) in these cult-favorite mysteries. Despite his knack for spotting rare finds among rubbish, Lovejoy can’t stay out of trouble, often getting snared in the underbelly of the antiques industry. Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) costars as his partner in peddling, the lovely Lady Jane. Seasons: 4 (48 episodes)| Trailer | Watch Now

UK PERIOD DRAMAS

FOYLE’S WAR

“One of the best television shows in the history of television” – Los Angeles Times (March 2020)

Combining historical accuracy with compelling mysteries, this award winning British series is “a triumph from start to finish” (The Wall Street Journal). Michael Kitchen stars as Christopher Foyle, the upright, laconic detective tasked with investigating cases on the home front as WWII ravages the social fabric of his coastal community.  Seasons: 9 (31 episodes, plus bonus clips)| Trailer | Watch Now

AND THEN THERE WERE NONE

“Astoundingly and almost absurdly entertaining…As addictive as anything likely to air on either side of the Atlantic this year.” – Variety

On the brink of World War II, 10 troubled strangers are invited to an isolated island–and targeted for death, one by one. Based on the bestselling crime novel of all time by Agatha Christie, this “TV event of the year” (The Guardian, UK) boasts an all-star cast including Charles Dance, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin, Toby Stephens, Burn Gorman, Noah Taylor, and Aidan TurnerEpisodes: 3 | Trailer | Watch Now

I, CLAUDIUS

Winner of an Emmy and numerous other awards, this BBC epic is a tale of ambition, debauchery, and intrigue. Rated one of the “100 Best TV Shows of All Time” by Time Magazine, the series spans the history of the Roman Empire from Augustus through Claudius and stars Derek Jacobi, Patrick Stewart, Sian Phillips, Lindsay Duncan, John Hurt, and Brian Blessed.  Episodes: 12| Trailer | Watch Now

Bonus recommendation: Recap podcast of I, Claudius series, hosted by John Hodgman and Elliott Kalan: https://maximumfun.org/podcasts/i-podius/

FOREIGN LANGUAGE DRAMAS (Full collection at https://acorn.tv/browse/foreign-language/)

THE TRUTH WILL OUT

Detective Peter Wendel wants to create an elite team of investigators to crack cold cases. When the police receive a tip that Sweden’s most notorious serial killer is a fraud, and therefore eight killers might have gone free, Wendel gets his chance–but only the dregs of the force are available to work the case. Can his lowly group solve these high-profile crimes? Swedish with English subtitles. Episodes: 8 | Trailer | Watch Now

THE SCHOUWENDAM 12

Decades ago, teenagers Olaf and Alice disappeared from the Dutch village of Schouwendam without a trace. Then an unknown man suddenly turns up in town with no memories but a clear resemblance to Olaf. The residents are forced to confront the mysteries of the past, but who is lying and who is telling the truth? As new fatalities occur, the community is riven with fear in this Dutch-language drama.

Episodes: 10 | Trailer | Watch Now

SISTERS

In this Italian-language mystery, successful lawyer Chiara Silani (Anna Valle) returns to her hometown in southern Italy when her younger sister, Elena (Ana Caterina Morariu), goes missing. As Chiara investigates what happened to her sister, Elena’s ex-husband–and Chiara’s own former love–becomes the prime suspect, forcing Chiara to deal with the complicated relationships she left behind.  Episodes: 6 | Trailer | Watch Now

BALTHAZAR

“Clever if not revolutionary drama ” – TV Worth Watching

One of the top ten highest-rated French dramas of 2018, Balthazar introduces a forensic pathologist with an unusual talent. The brilliant yet unconventional Raphaël Balthazar (Tomer SisleyPhilharmonia) can make the dead speak like no one else to help solve Paris’ most baffling crimes. New, tough-as-nails police commander Hélène Bach (Hélène de FougerollesLe Secret d’EliseThe Beach, VA Savoir) must learn to collaborate with Raphaël on these investigations. But there’s one case that continues to haunt him–the murder of his wife over a decade ago.  Series 2 to launch April 20Episodes: 6 | Trailer | Watch Now

ARMCHAIR ESCAPES (Full collection at https://acorn.tv/browse/armchairescapes/)

1900 ISLAND

Engrossing” – Daily Mail

On a majestic but deserted island off the coast of Anglesey, Wales, four modern families embrace the chance to live as a small fishing village would have done more than 100 years ago. Braving bad weather, rough seas, hunger, and hardship for four weeks, they also discover the joys of community, hard work, and a simpler lifestyle in this BBC docuseries.    Episodes: 4 | Trailer | Watch Now

HIDDEN BRITAIN BY DRONE

“Spellbinding footage” –The Guardian

Britain looms large in world history and culture, but the small island still holds many secrets that have stayed hidden from public view–until now. In this eye-opening series, Tony Robinson (Time Team) uses the latest aerial filming technology to snoop on military maneuvers, swoop over billionaires’ private estates, and explore ancient and abandoned villages.    Episodes: 7 | Trailer | Watch Now

COASTAL RAILWAYS WITH JULIE WALTERS

“Gorgeous vistas of cliffs and islands” – iNews

Presenter Julie Walters (Harry Potter films) beguiles with “charm, warmth, and wit” (Express, UK) in this travelogue of coastal railway journeys around Britain. From Scotland’s Highlands and islands in the north to the western reaches of Cornwall and Wales, these delightful destinations offer spectacular scenery, fascinating history, and an abundance of local color.  Episodes: 4 | Trailer | Watch Now

MARTIN CLUNES’ ISLANDS OF AUSTRALIA

In this gorgeously shot documentary, Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) is on a quest to discover the islands of Australia. There are over 8,000 to choose from, and Martin visits 16 that offer a cross-section of island life. Along the way, he learns about the diversity, history, and challenges of island life Down Under. (Also available: Martin Clunes’ Islands of America)  Episodes: 3 | Trailer | Watch Now

Other highlights of Acorn TV’s Armchairs Escapes collection:

Penelope Keith’s Hidden Coastal Villages

Walks with My Dog

Monty Don’s Paradise Gardens

Keeping the Castle

TRIED-AND-TRUE ACORN TV FAVORITES!

Finally, here are some evergreen, popular go-to titles on Acorn TV:

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (Seasons: 3, including new movie Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears)  Trailer  Watch Now

A sassy, seductive female sleuth (The Babadook’s Essie Davis) sashays through the back lanes and jazz clubs of Melbourne in the late 1920s, fighting injustice with her pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit.

A Place to Call Home (Seasons: 6)   Trailer  Watch Now

Considered a “Down Under” Downton Abbey, this splendidly-acted and richly-produced award-winning Australian series explores the ties that hold families together and the betrayals that can tear them apart.  Starring Marta Dusseldrop, Noni Hazlehurst and Brett Climo.

Doc Martin (Seasons: 9)    Trailer  Watch Now

A London surgeon (Martin Clunes) moves to a charming Cornish village, where he clashes with the town’s quirky inhabitants.

London Kills (Seasons: 2)    Trailer  Watch Now

London’s best detectives take on its worst crimes in this sleek mystery series from the creator of Suspects, starring Hugo Speer and Sharon Small.

Slings & Arrows (Seasons: 3)   Trailer  Watch Now

Touted by The New Yorker “the single best TV show about theater ever made,” it chronicles the outrageous fortunes and seas of troubles of a Canadian Shakespearian theater company. Starring Rachel McAdams. Luke Kirby, Stephen Ouimette and Mark McKinney.

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