The Best Shows on Acorn TV

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Once you've enjoyed a few British TV shows, you'll probably start looking for more. Eventually, you may find yourself signing up for a British TV subscription service like Acorn TV.

Once you get your subscription, though, you might be a little overwhelmed at the sheer number of titles. If you're not familiar with everything a country has on offer, how to you figure out which shows are best?

As of today (November 2021), I count 364 different titles on Acorn TV. Some are amazing, some are pleasant, and a few seem less likely to have broad appeal. 

Keep in mind – Acorn TV is not strictly limited to British shows. They often use the line “Britain and Beyond” in their marketing, and that's very accurate. British programming makes up the bulk of the service's offerings, but every passing month brings more varied selections.

Along with British shows, you'll also see English-language programming from Australia, New Zealand, Ireland (technically part of the British Isles, but not exactly “British”), and Canada, along with the occasional series from Scandinavian or mainland Europe.

For those not up on their geography, it's worth mentioning that Scotland and Wales are part of Great Britain (the island that's home to 3 out of the 4 countries that make up the UK). Scottish and Welsh TV shows would, then, be considered British.

See also: What's the Difference Between England, Scotland, Great Britain, The United Kingdom, and the British Isles?

***Special note for our American readers: If you want a guide to more British TV shows on Acorn TV, Netflix, Amazon, BritBox, and other streaming services, check out our quarterly British TV Streaming Guide. It's a handy printed guide to roughly 2200 British TV shows across 24 different US streaming services – including an index in the back for looking up the appropriate streaming services by show name.

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For those new or returning Acorn TV users who aren't sure where to start, we've created this list of what we believe are some of the best shows on Acorn TV. I'm sure there will be some disagreement here, so please feel free to share your favorites in the comments. Happy watching!

The Best British Mystery Shows on Acorn TV

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Midsomer Murders

Midsomer Murders – It doesn't get much better than Midsomer Murders, and Acorn TV is now the exclusive US home for viewing ALL episodes of the long-running series. The series recently left BritBox, and Acorn TV  aired the new season 22 this year. 

The show has been airing for roughly two decades now, and it combines grisly murders with gorgeous English country scenery. It's cozy without actually being a “cozy mystery” (cozies generally feature an amateur sleuth), and the acting is excellent.

If you watch closely, you'll notice a lot of your favorite actors have guest-starred in various episodes over the years. Everyone from Robert Hardy to Sarah Alexander to Richard Briers seems to have made an appearance in this classic British TV show. You can read more Midsomer Murders trivia HERe. 

The Brokenwood Mysteries – If you took Midsomer Murders and moved it to a small town in New Zealand, you'd get something a bit like Brokenwood Mysteries. It's rougher around the edges and doesn't have that genteel, countryside charm – but it still sees quiet country life disrupted by murder on a regular basis. The series begins when country music-loving DI Mike Shepard shows up for an assignment in the town of Brokenwood, only to find he enjoys the slower pace of life. 

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No Offence – this edgy police drama is one of the best shows on Acorn TV

No Offence – This edgy, fast-paced Manchester-based crime drama has more than its fair share of big, fun characters. It comes from the creator of Shameless, and features a female-led team of officers who track down serial killers. It's a one-mystery-per-series kind of show, and there's quite a bit of character backstory that comes into the episodes.

It's also worth mentioning that one of the best characters is pathologist Randolph Miller, played by the immensely talented Paul Ritter. Sadly, he died in early 2021.

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Dalgliesh – Based on P.D. James' Adam Dalgliesh series, this Acorn TV Original series stars Bertie Carvel as the iconic detective. Set in the 1970s (instead of the 60s as in the novels), the series is dark, slow, and atmospheric. If you prefer classic-style mysteries like Marple and Poirot, you may not like this one – but if you enjoy bleak Scandi-noir productions, you'll probably love it.  

Rebus – Rebus is based on the wildly successful Rebus series of detective novels by Scottish author Ian Rankin, and the show lasted 4 seasons (though Eleventh Hour Films recently snagged the rights to a reboot, so there may be more Rebus yet). Inspector Rebus is a gruff old-fashioned detective in nearly every sense of the word. He smokes, drinks, and doesn't have a lot of luck with his personal life. Unfortunately, Season 1 is not available.

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My Life is Murder

My Life is Murder – This delightful Australian mystery stars Lucy Lawless as a retired police detective who helps out on the occasional case. Though I wouldn't call it a true cozy mystery (it occasionally skews just a bit too dark for that), it definitely has a lot of fun cozy elements – including bread baking and a cat!

Season 2 is now available, and it comes with a new setting and a new cat. In the new episodes, Alexa ventures back to her New Zealand homeland.

Loch Ness (UK: The Loch) – If you appreciate dark and atmospheric mysteries that feel vaguely Scandinavian, check out Loch Ness. Set in a small town along the banks of Loch Ness, this mystery sees a quiet community ripped apart after a body is found murdered. If you enjoyed Monarch of the Glen, you may appreciate seeing a now older “Archie MacDonald” in a slightly darker role.

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Hamish MacBeth is easily one of our favourite British mysteries on Acorn TV

Hamish MacBeth – Hamish MacBeth is a nontraditional mystery set in the Scottish Highlands and based on the series by M.C. Beaton (aka Marion Chesney). The series stars Robert Carlyle as an extremely clever and capable small town constable whose main goal in life is to do as little as necessary to perform his job honorably, thus allowing him to avoid promotion to another police force. It's hard to decide which is better – the colorful townsfolk who round out the cast, or the stunning Scottish scenery.

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Agatha Raisin & the Love From Hell

Agatha Raisin – Another M.C. Beaton series, this one is a true cozy (Agatha is an ex-public relations expert, not a cop) AND it's set in the Cotswolds. While the show probably could have done a better job of sticking to the book in terms of Agatha's looks, the scenery and supporting characters make up for those issues.

Once canceled with no hope of return, Acorn TV brought it back to life by commissioning seasons 2 and 3. Now, there's a season 4 of Agatha Raisin on the way. 

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Balthazar is one of the best mystery shows on Acorn TV

Balthazar – While this one's French, it's worth dealing with subtitles. It's a one-mystery-per-episode series with a number of ongoing storylines related to the two main characters. Given that the main character is a forensic pathologist, there are some gruesome bits, but the characters have great chemistry that elevates it above the standard procedural. We also understand that many viewers are quite fond of the numerous shirtless scenes involving lead actor Tomer Sisley.

Pie in the Sky – For those who enjoy a lighthearted mystery, Pie in the Sky is sure to delight. When DI Crabbe leaves the police force to open a restaurant, they continue to pull him back in for part-time crime-solving. The show follows his efforts to balance his dual lives. It's a bit dated now, but if you like your mysteries gentle, give yourself a few episodes to get over the show's age and really sink into the stories.

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Queens of Mystery – If you enjoy light mysteries, definitely give this new Acorn TV Original a try. Young and single detective Mattie has just been promoted to DS status, and she's assigned to her hometown of Wildemarsh where her three mystery-writing aunts live. Though she does her best to keep them out of her cases, it never seems to work. Check out our full Queens of Mystery review or our interview with Julie Graham. A second season is coming at some point.

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Murdoch Mysteries

Murdoch Mysteries – This recent period mystery follows Canadian detective William Murdoch as he uses cutting-edge Victorian science to solve crimes in turn of the century Toronto. Yannick Bisson stars, and I'm sure it will escape no one's attention that he's quite easy on the eyes.

Lovejoy – Ian McShane (Deadwood) stars in this fun classic mystery about a divvy – a man with an uncanny knack for recognising the value of antiques. For all his talent, though, Lovejoy seems unable to stay out of trouble. This fun, light-hearted series also includes a much younger Phyllis Logan, who many will remember as Mrs. Hughes in Downton Abbey.

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Manhunt – Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) stars in this true crime dramatisation about the cases of DCI Colin Sutton. Sutton was the lead detective on a number of high-profile cases, and in retirement, he's written about some of those cases. You can learn more about the series HERE

Republic of DoyleCanada – This Newfoundland-based private detective series follows the Doyle family as they solve mysteries around the island. Allan Hawco stars as son Jake Doyle, while Seán McGinley plays his father Malachy.

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries on Acorn TV

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries – In 1920s Melbourne, Miss Fisher occupies a class all her own. She's a thoroughly modern woman running her own private investigations practice in a male-dominated world. It's well-written, atmospheric, and highly recommended. The 2020 Miss Fisher movie is also available on Acorn TV.

Ms. Fisher's Modern Murder Mysteries – This recent Miss Fisher spinoff takes us to 1960s Melbourne, where Phryne Fisher has gone missing, declared dead, and her niece Peregrine takes over in her footsteps. While it's a very different feel from the original Miss Fisher series, it's no less delightful – assuming you're able to mentally separate the two. 

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Line of Duty

Line of Duty – This one's not everyone's cup of tea, but the people who like it seem to REALLY like it. It's about a group of dedicated officers who work to uncover corruption within the police, and it definitely leans toward the gritty, action-packed end of the spectrum. Though it's quite distinctly British, it has a lot in common with the more intense, action-oriented American police programmes.

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Eve Myles returns in Keeping Faith

Keeping Faith – Eve Myles stars as Faith Howells, a lawyer whose life seems happy until her husband suddenly disappears. Her search for truth will teach her that life wasn't all it seemed. If you fall in love with her rain jacket (like nearly everyone who watches), be sure to get the details on it HERE

 

Want more mysteries? See the list of all British Mysteries on Acorn TV

 

The Best British Comedies on Acorn TV

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Detectorists

Detectorists – There aren't a lot of shows I've watched more than once, but this is one of them. It's tough to explain the appeal to someone who hasn't watched a couple of episodes already, but it's a different sort of comedy. It's calm and quiet and it has a realism you don't see very often. The characters could easily be obnoxious and unlikable, but writer/director/star Mackenzie Crook has done such a good job with the writing that we see the things each character is struggling with – and that makes them more human.

Doc Martin – After the bright but socially awkward surgeon Doc Martin develops an aversion to blood, he relocates to a Cornish fishing village to serve as the town's doctor. Though his stiff demeanor is at odds with small town familiarity and closeness, he manages to get by. Series 9 arrived on Acorn TV in Autumn 2019, and with any luck, we'll be seeing a Season 10 of Doc Martin in late 2021.

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The Rebel on Acorn TV

The Rebel – If you like shows about mischievous and slightly misanthropic old people getting into trouble, you'll enjoy this 2016 Simon Callow comedy. Acorn TV has Season 1, but a second season came out in late 2017. With any luck, they'll get that one before too much longer.

Boomers – Once the kids are gone and work is no longer an issue, these seaside Norfolk retirees find all sorts of trouble to get into.  Gavin and Stacey fans will be delighted to see Alison Steadman here, funny as ever.

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The Worst Week of My Life – Ben Miller (Death in Paradise) stars in this comedy about a man who seems to muck up pretty much anything and everything. Sarah Alexander (Coupling, Jonathan Creek) stars as his long-suffering romantic partner.

Decline & Fall – When Paul Pennyfeather (Jack Whitehall) is unfairly expelled from Oxford University, it sets off a chain of events he never could have expected. This quirky comedy is based on Evelyn Waugh's classic novel of the same name.

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Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant – This working-class comedy follows the day-to-day lives of a group of friends and family in suburban Manchester, England. While many British TV shows focus on the upper classes, this is a great chance to see more ordinary characters.

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The Strange Calls came to Acorn TV in March 2021

The Strange Calls – If you enjoyed American shows like Eerie, Indiana and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, you'll probably enjoy this unusual Australian series. It follows young cop Toby Banks after he moves to the town of Coolum Beach, where nothing is quite as it seems.

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The Other One

The Other One – After her father dies, Cathy learns her father had another wife and daughter – and the daughter shares her name! In the wake of tragedy, the two very different families will have to learn to share his memory.

You, Me, & Them – This family comedy follows a May-December couple as their families come to terms with their romance – and the massive gap in their ages. Eve Myles (Keeping Faith) and Anthony Head (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) star. 

 

The Best British Dramas on Acorn TV

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Delicious

Delicious – I've heard this series summed up as “food, love, and infidelity in Cornwall” – and while that's highly accurate, it doesn't capture just how shocking the show can be at times. The show feels much like a British version of something that might air on Showtime or HBO (with much better scenery than the average American show). If you like Dawn French in the Vicar of Dibley, you might find this role a bit strange – but it's not too far off her recent role in The Trouble with Maggie Cole. 

The Syndicate: All or Nothing – Each series of The Syndicate follows a different group of lottery winners as they grapple with personal dramas, newfound wealth, and temptation. It can be a bit dark at times, but it's highly entertaining and each series feels both familiar and completely unique. Acorn has just one series, but there are two others floating around. The one on Acorn gives us a group of employees on a struggling estate. Of the three series, it may be the most interesting because it has the added drama that comes with a staff that suddenly has more liquid funds than the employers.

 

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Rake – This Australian legal comedy-drama focuses on Cleaver Greene, the brilliant but self-destructive barrister who gets his kicks defending some of the most hopeless cases to hit the Australian court system.

Law & Order: UK – Like the American series? The popular cop-and-courtroom drama has been reimagined for British audiences – complete with “funny wigs”. 

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Pitching In – This Welsh dramedy stars Larry Lamb (Gavin & Stacey) as a man who wants to sell his camping park to an attractive estate agent (played by Hayley Mills). His daughter sets out to change his mind.

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Good Karma Hospital Season 3

The Good Karma Hospital – After a relationship sours, a young British-Indian woman decides to move to India to work in an impoverished hospital. Little does she know, she's got a lot to learn. Amanda Redman stars alongside Amrita Acharia. Good news: Season 4 of Good Karma Hospital is in the works. 

Cold Call – When a single mother falls prey to a scam call, she soon finds herself getting increasingly desperate to hunt down those responsible and salvage her family's future.

 

The Best Documentary & Lifestyle Shows on Acorn TV

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Penelope Keith's Hidden Coastal Villages

Penelope Keith's Hidden Coastal Villages – You can almost smell the salty air in this fun journey along Britain's lengthy coastline. In this one, Dame Penelope breaks out the Batsford guides again, venturing to the Isle of Wight, Northumberland, West Sussex, the Scottish Borders, East Anglia, and Suffolk.

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David Suchet as Hercule Poirot

Being Poirot – Generally regarded as the best Poirot of all time, David Suchet held the iconic role for roughly a quarter of a century. In this three-part series, he attempts to share some of his experiences and explain why people have loved Poirot for so long.

Discovering Britain – In this fun travel series, Maureen Lipman (Metamorphosis) and Larry Lamb (Gavin & Stacey) join a number of their fellow British actors as they travel the country exploring its heritage. 

Coastal Railways with Julie Walters – Julie Walters (of Harry Potter fame) takes us all over Britain via its coastal railways. The series is full of stunning scenery and light-hearted, fun commentary. 

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Julia Bradbury hosts Coast & Country: Railways

Julia Bradbury's Coast & Country Railway Walks – Keen rambler Julia Bradbury takes us on a trip around the abandoned railways of Great Britain. In the last century, the UK has shut down thousands of miles of train tracks – leaving behind lovely places to go walking. The walks in this series are a lovely mixture of urban and rural scenery, with plenty of educational stops along the way.

Wainwright Walks – In this series, rambler and presenter Julia Bradbury follows the favourite Lake District routes of famed fell walker Alfred Wainwright. The Lake District is one of the UK's loveliest regions, so it's well worth a watch for the scenery.

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Digging for Britain

Digging for Britain – Professor Alice Roberts shares her passion for Britain's history as she takes us to a variety of exciting archaeological sites. From Roman burial sites to Viking treasures to history as recent as World War II, there's a bit of everything in this one, along with plenty of expert commentary to help add context. 

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Vintage Roads Great & Small

Vintage Roads: Great & Small – Actors Christopher Timothy and Peter Davison (both of All Creatures Great & Small) host this fun journey into the golden age of motoring. In each episode, they hop into a classic car and take a road trip to explore vintage routes from a time when people were just beginning to love traveling by car.

Savile Row – This fascinating documentary series goes behind the scenes of the iconic Savile Row storefronts most of us will never visit.  Here, skilled craftsmen apply their talents to make some of the finest suits in the entire world. Now threatened by chain stores and a decline in appreciation for fine handiwork, we see the shops struggling to stay relevant and pay rent in one of the world's most expensive cities and neighbourhoods.

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The Family Farm

The Family Farm – Kate Humble hosts this docu-series about families who leave the city for a simpler life in the Welsh hills. They'll learn things like herding sheep and milking cows – and see whether they really have what it takes to thrive in the countryside.

The Secret History of the British Garden – British gardening legend Monty Don hosts this look at the evolution of British gardens over the last 400 years. It's not flashy or exciting, but it's easily one of the best shows on Acorn TV. 

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Hidden Britain by Drone

Hidden Britain by Drone – Sir Tony Robinson hosts this unique and fascinating look at areas of Britain that are normally hidden to the public. With a mix of drone footages and on-the-ground tours and interviews, you'll see everything from WW2 shipwrecks to abandoned homes on Scottish islands to the underground wine vaults of billionaires.

Tales of Irish Castles – This docu-series tells the story of Irish history through its castles. Even if you're not one for history, the scenery on this one makes it worth the watch.

The Best Shows on Acorn TV – Your Thoughts?

Though we've written more than 3000 words here, we're quite certain we've overlooked some gems – after all, we've included far fewer than the 350+ titles currently on offer. Virtually every show on Acorn TV is lovely, and this is only intended to help you get started with your exploration.

Want a guide that lets you browse all the shows on Acorn TV (and all the British shows on 19 other US-based streaming services)? Don't miss our quarterly British TV Streaming Guide: US Edition

Feel free to chime in below with your recommendations for the best shows on Acorn TV – or if you disagree with our assessments, don't hold back. It may be useful to someone else who happens upon this post!

 

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  1. We subscribe to Acorn, Britbox and PBS channels through Amazon Prime so there is always plenty to choose from. Netflix also has a decent selection of British Movies and TV series, along with a lot of great “Period Pieces” to enjoy. It’s the best of all 4 worlds that you can get in the United States.

  2. ACORN HAS SO MANY GOOD SHOWS. MY TOP FOUR ARE VERA, LINE OF DUTY, LAW AND ORDER UK, AND MISS FISHERS MURDER MYSTERIES. I WAS DISAPPOINTED WITH AGATHA RAISIN AND HAMISH MACBETH BECAUSE I READ ALL THE CHARMING BOOKS BY M.C. BEATON AND THE SHOWS DO NOT DO THEM JUSTICE. AGATHA RAISIN IS BEST OF THE TWO BUT NOT AS GOOD AS BOOK SERIES.
    BEST STREAMING SERVICE FOR MY TYPE OF MYSTERY WITH CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT AND NOT TOO MUCG BLOOD AND GORE.

  3. Acorn says “new” content on Monday & shows programs I have binge watched to the end. So WHY do they say new when it’s really recycled programming? I keep hoping those shows will come up with additional episodes as Murdock mysteries & Midsomer Murders have recently.They don’t differentiate so I have to track by number of episodes and then Google to see how many seasons. I almost cancelled Acorn then found 1 or 2 new episodes so I’ve kept it. Just wish they’d provide more “accurate” info.

      • With all the competition for British TV shows these days, and given the fact that the British TV industry doesn’t produce nearly as many shows per year as the U.S industry does, and given the fact that Acorn buys most of its shows from other producers, I’d say they’re doing pretty well.

        In fact, they have started to co-produce some shows (Agatha Raisin, Whitstable Pearl, Dalgliesh) just to ensure that new shows are produced.

  4. Love Midsomer Murders of course. Agatha Raisin. Boomers was hilarious!!! Delicious. 800 Words. Bed of Roses. All of these are upbeat. Not dark. Just started “The Other One”.

  5. Folks, if you haven’t yet tried watching and thus enjoying “Pie In The Sky,” you don’t know what you’re missing! Clever, witty, peculiar players similar to Doc Martin, quite interesting mysteries, delicious culinary creations discussed, and awesome production designs make this program very worthy. Richard Griffiths was an outstanding actor! With the intriguing plots, you’ll wish that the series could have gone on forever, much like Doc Martin and Lovejoy. Now, ENJOY!

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  7. {1} can acorn be watched on a regular T V ?
    {2} can different shows be watched at the same time in different rooms?
    {3} is acorn portable? i live sometimes in S/C and sometime in Florida.
    (4} can you record and watch later?

    • 1. It’s a subscription service like Netflix and unless you have a smart TV with an Acorn app, you have to buy a streaming device.
      2. Yes, if you have different streaming devices on each TV
      3. Yes, if you have broadband internet at both locations
      4. No, but since all the shows are on-demand, rather than broadcast at a certain time, you can watch any show at any time you want.

  8. Many terrific shows on Acorn. Just watched Jack Irish and before that Keeping Faith. Having a hard time determining what to watch next. Seen lots of positive info on 800 Words. Plan on checking that out. Too bad Vera has move to Britbox. She is amazing. If you haven’t seen Broadchurch, it is a must

  9. I’m enjoying The Brokenwood Mysteries…set in
    New Zealand. The DSS talks to the corpses and loves
    country & western music. Lots of subtle humor, offbeat
    crimes, and a kooky (maybe Russian) female medical examiner.

  10. My husband and I love Acorn. Does anyone know why the final episodes of Poirot are not on? I am still waiting to find out how it wraps up. What an amazing series. And David Suchet, the best Poirot ever.

  11. We get both, plus PBS. Love the shows mentioned and will look for the others.
    Love this website.❤️

  12. I pay for Acorn tv and I only get 5 episodes of Poirot. It says in the above article that there are “20 years” worth of episodes. Is there some kind of other subscription to Acorn that I could get?

    • It does change from time to time, but we just checked and we’re seeing seasons 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12 currently on Acorn TV, along with a couple documentaries on the topic (so only about 13 years of Poirot based on their current offerings). You should definitely have more available to you. What device and subscription method did you use?

    • I get Acorn through Amazon Prime and there is so much to look at. I think I got free trial and then it’s $4.99 close to that. I like anything withDavid Tennant. Broad church is a classic. I watched the whole thing in one sitting. I have plenty of time I just don’t nibble. I forgot to mention I broke my leg (femur) that’s why all the time. 🌝

  13. Agatha Raisin is an insult to the original M.C. Beaton books. Characters changed, stories jumbled together. Completely obliterating important characters overall. Wish it had been done by the people who did the original midsomer murders.

  14. The best 2 shows on Acorn are Good Karma Hospital and 800 Words. I also have Britbox…..for the mysteries. But, if you haven’t watched Good Karma, do so immediately!

  15. Thanks to your recommendation I gave Detectorists a field test and I found it to be magnetic, I ended up digging it!
    You gave Doc Martin a poor prognosis, if I may offer a second opinion, I find the series terminally hilarious.

  16. Nobody mentions one of the greats from the past on Acorn, “I Claudius” Watched it for the umteenth time and it still delivers. Still one of the finest TV shows ever produced.

  17. Here in North Carolina, we LOVE “Striking Out” which we discovered as soon as we got our Acorn subscription up and running. Great acting, addictive plots and subplots, and .. Dublin. What could be better?

  18. I LOVE Acorn.❤️❤️❤️ I also have Brit Bix because I love British Soaps !! Coronation Street- Emmerdale- & Eastenders. They deal with many social issues but still have a sense of humor, especially “Coronation Street”..If you haven’t seen some shows such as “Doc Martin”, “800 Words” , “Detectorist”, ” “A Place to Call Home”,. “Loch Ness”, “Cornor”( not how it sounds), ” Agatha Raisin”,” Capitol”, “Bed of Roses”, “Janet King”, “Miss Marple”, “Father Brown”, “Grantchester”, “Death in Paradise”, ” the Durrells”, “Broadchurch”(one of the best) “Last Tango In Halifax”,(super good ). So very many good shows ! And even the majority of thier detective and police shows aren’t as violent as most, most don’t carry guns, they don’t spend much time on bloody scenes.. I could name some but you probably already lost interest ! LOL. Also there are some good groups on face book for Brit Show lovers ! We trade info likes and dislikes. Also Im no teeny bopper myself , 66 yrs.. young.!! not waste a precious minute on fake U.S soaps, (sorry America, my country I love dearly).. But our American soaps have zero appeal for me. Acorn and Brit Box just tic all my boxes for entertainment at this time . I need both… And for $5 & $6 a month at that.

    • Please excuse the misspelling above. I am in a hurry. Sorry. And I also love the character development, love knowing who the characters are and about thier lives…

    • Another American, and I agree with you. I loved The Detectorists, Foyle’s War, Vera, Shetland, Hamish MacBeth, etc. We no longer even get any American TV shows.

  19. i prefer Acorn streaming TV to Brit Box. I tried Brit Box & watched one depressing movie. I thought, well I.ll just try another. I’m a 72 yr. old female & certainly not conservative, but there is just too much violence & it,s not for me. I just could not find anything I liked in the long explanations of the movies/TV programs or in my attempts watching movies on Brit Box. I love the movies & stories & most characters on Acorn. There is character development in most all programs. They have in depth development of their stories & I will resubscribe now.

  20. Watching The Detectorists for the fourth time. Pick up something new every time. Ini love with Mackenziei Crook. Hilarious, sweet and superbly written.

  21. Love love love Raised By Wolves. It’s frustrating that the series didn’t go longer, but it’s definitely favorite. We’ve watched all the episodes several times and went so far as to buy season three on blue ray so we could watch it.

  22. 800 Words should be #1 on this list and you didn’t do Doc Marten justice. Doc Marten is a small village full of eccentric and endearing characters. It’s kooky, warm, oddly funny and quirky.

    • Each of the characters on Doc Martin is so special and with such endearing traits that I would fly to their village to watch a filming of an episode if I could. I just finished the last of Season 8 and am thrilled that another season is underway. The filming and the scenery should be mentioned as well. What a great package!

  23. Wild At Heart. There’s 7 seasons plus a finale. We had to limit ourselves to 2 a night trying to make it last. Stars the actor who plays DCI Banks. Loved this series

  24. I just completed binge-watching, “Reilly Ace of Spies” – absolutely recommend! Historial, factual story, done by exceptional acting by all! Also, I could not stop watching “Dr. Finlay”, and binged-watched my way through that EXCELLENT production, too…highly recommend! I can hardly wait for Series 9 of “Doc Martin”…binged through all 8 series within a month! I LOVE “Doc Martin”!

    • Truly a wonderful series, however it is EXTREMELY loose with facts. Entire episodes simply didn’t happen. To be fair much of the truth was not known until after the series was produced.

      If you are interested in teh truth, get the book “Trust no one”. The real story is (almost) as amazing as this very entertaining series.

  25. Does anybody know if I can view Masterpiece Theatre regularly with either Acorn TV or with Britbox or even with Amazon Prime TV (if it is even offered in Canada?)

  26. Please don’t leave Single Handed out! I could watch Owen McDonnell all day!!! Lots of great characters and beautiful scenery.

    • 800 words, good karma, place to call home, boomers, mount pleasant are all fabulous series and don’t forget doc Martin

    • Detectrists is simply the best, and Mackenzie Crook is a god! I think I will watch all the shows for at least the third time as I am laid up from surgery. There are probably even healing properties to be found in this jewel in the British comedy crown!

  27. We love “800 Words”…very well written and acted family saga of earnest but sometimes hapless Aussie widower who moves with 2 teenage kids from Sydney to tiny Weld in backwater New Zealand, to “start over”…

    • It is a great guilty pleasure! With its great looking cast and rather dumb premise, it should be just another sitcom, but it really is more. At times it touches the heart and explores some rather deep feelings. However, it is still great fun, and I look forward to every new series!

    • 800 Words is also one of our favorites. Perfect balance of light hearted story lines and comedy thats not too over the top and beautiful scenery. Television needs more shows like this. When calls the Heart is also good.

    • Agreed 800 Words is excellent. American series television is total junk so we Americans constantly hunt for British, Scottish, Australian or New Zealand to get our entertainment fix. Let’s not forget Grantchester and Line of Duty.

  28. Thanks for this! There are several we had missed.
    We also enjoy access to Canada’s tongue-in-cheek, Victorian, science-of-the-time Murdoch Mysteries, with (irrepressible sidekick) George Crabtree.

  29. I would love to see the new father Brown I have watched it up to the very last show. Somebody told me I could get it on PBS one can’t find it is there anyway I can see it! And maybe mid summer murders! I’ve seen it up to 19 I’d love to see the new one.

    • shetland & baptiste r my favorites i adored miss fisher abc australia killed it saying it skewed 2 old they haven’t had anything as good as this i read they did a movie waiting 4 that 2 come out

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