Summer TV in the United States is usually filled with Reality TV and game-shows, and if that’s not your usual go-to programming, you can find a lot of new content across the pond. Acorn TV has a full lineup of mysteries, dramas, and comedies curated from Britain, Ireland, Canada, and Australia for you to enjoy, and you can try it out for yourself for free.
After your trial, the full-featured service is available for just $4.99 a month, and offers a ton of award-winning series in every genre. Acorn TV features a wide selection of highly bingeable series for fans of period dramas like “Downton Abbey,” cop-dramas like “The Wire,” as well as legal dramas, medical dramedies, and other popular formats.
I have a few favorites on this service from years of watching British programming with my parents, including “Poirot,” “Midsomer Mysteries,” and the more recent “Foyle’s War,” but if you prefer more modern TV, I can help you there as well.
If you are considering a bingebable trial, there are a few recommendations.
“Janet King” is one of the highest-rated legal procedurals released over the last few years. Each standalone, 8-part season features Janet investigating a new case, so you can binge through a few episodes, or take on the whole case at once if you like. The series stars Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home, Jack Irish) in her Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts (AACTA) award-winning role as a brilliant prosecutor. If you end up loving Marta Dusseldorp, you can watch the period-drama “A Place To Call Home,” which is a story of love, loss, and family ties in 1950s Australia. The sweeping drama follows nurse Sarah Adams (the charming Marta Dusseldorp, Janet King, Jack Irish), as she maneuvers among the secrets of the wealthy Bligh family.
Another option is Ireland’s #1 new drama “Striking Out,” which is another Acorn TV Original Series. This stars Amy Huberman, an Irish Film and TV Academy winner, as a successful Dublin lawyer striking out on her own and starting an unconventional private practice.
Comedy fans can watch “Decline and Fall” featuring Jack Whitehall, Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives) and David Suchet (Agatha Christie’s Poirot) in the first-ever TV adaptation of Evelyn Waugh’s classic novel.
The cop-drama “19-2” has won several awards, and is an International Emmy Award Nominated Drama Series. The series also won ‘Best Dramatic Series’ at the Canadian Screen Award. The intense character-driven drama stars Canadian Screen award winning Best Actors Adrian Holmes (Arrow) and Jared Keeso (Falling Skies) as partners in the Montreal Police Department who must put their differences aside as their lives intertwine professionally and personally.
Set in Toronto during the late 1890s, “Murdoch Mysteries” follows Detective William Murdoch (Yannick Bisson), a methodical detective, who enlists radical new forensic techniques like fingerprinting, ultraviolet light, and trace evidence to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders.
One of my all-time favorites is “Doc Martin,” which has hotshot London surgeon, Martin Ellingham (Martin Clunes, Men Behaving Badly) struggling with his bedside manner. His patients were unconscious, so he could be as rude and arrogant as he pleased. All that changes when he develops a crippling fear of blood and is forced to give up surgery. He relocates to a sleepy, picturesque seaside village and immediately offends everyone in town.
“The Heart Guy” follows Hugh Knight (Rodger Corser), a rising star in the Sydney heart surgery ranks who, after an unfortunate incident and subsequent probation, must return to his rural hometown where he can only work as a general practitioner.
So don’t let standard U.S. TV keep you down, and try-out some intercontinental entertainment at acorn.tv.