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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

On DVD Oct. 4 - Midsomer Murders: Barnaby's Top 10, Fresh Fields 2, and Rosemary & Thyme from Acorn Media


John Nettles presents some of his favorite episodes of Acorn’s top-selling series

Each of his choices is a gem.” —The Guardian
Spectacularly entertaining as always” —
Superbly acted and filmed, and a great joy to watch” —British Heritage

Silver Spring, MD — Delighting fans with its distinctive mix of dazzling scenery, depraved crimes, and charming detectives, Midsomer Murders: Barnaby’s Top 10 arrives to DVD from Acorn Media on October 4, 2011. In this set, affable star John Nettles introduces 10 of his favorite mysteries with witty and revealing production anecdotes from the first six seasons of the bestselling series. Co-starring his original sidekick Daniel Casey (Marchlands), Nettles shares why each mystery holds a special place in his heart. The DVD 10-Disc Collector’s Edition includes ten full-length standalone mysteries set in England’s picture-perfect but perilous Midsomer County ($99.99,


How It All Began: The Killings at Badger's Drift
Favorite Story Line: Blue Herrings
Favorite Leading Lady: A Worm in the Bud
Best Location: Dark Autumn
Funniest Moments: Dead Man's Eleven
Most Intriguing Crime: Death of a Hollow Man
Most Difficult to Film: The Electric Vendetta
Most Dramatic Episode: Murder on St. Malley’s Day
Most Bizarre Episode: A Talent for Life
Favorite Episode: Strangler’s Wood

Midsomer Murders premiered in the United Kingdom in March 1997. Since then, more than eighty feature-length episodes have aired with new episodes still in production. In the U.S., the series has been seen on A&E and The Biography Channel. The mysteries in Barnaby’s Top 10 were previously released on DVD in Sets 1-6. 

Street: October 4, 2011                                                 SRP: $99.99

DVD 10-Disc Collector’s Edition: Ten mysteries – Approx. 16 ½ hours - SDH subtitles

Acorn Media previously released Sets 1-18 with three to five mysteries per set ($39.99 to $59.99) as well as The Early Cases Collection (19-vol. collector’s set which includes Sets 1-3, 5), Barnaby’s Casebook (19-vol. collector’s set which includes Sets 4, 6-8) and Village Case Files (16-vol. collector’s set which includes Sets 9-12). Each set ranked in Acorn’s top 10 best-sellers for its year and sales of each new set consistently gain momentum.

FRESH FIELDS -- Set 2 Debuts on DVD October 4, 2011

Return of the International Emmy®-winning comedy seen on PBS; Starring Julia McKenzie (Marple) and Anton Rodgers

Wonderful” – Los Angeles Times
Full of sly, sharp, warm humor” – Los Angeles Times
Charming” – The Star-Ledger

Silver Spring, MD — A warm and witty empty-nester comedy, Fresh Fields, Set 2 debuts on DVD from Acorn Media on October 4, 2011. Broadcast continually on PBS since the mid-1980s, this International Emmy®-winning series stars fan favorite, BAFTA-nominee Julia McKenzie (Agatha Christie’s Marple) and Anton Rodgers (Lillie, May to December) as a happily married couple adjusting to middle age. Sharply written and brilliantly acted, the DVD 2-Disc Set includes series three and four of the charmingly domestic Brit-com celebrated by critics and fans alike ($49.99, Fresh Fields aired for four series (1984-86), and the leads returned in French Fields (1989-91) for three more seasons set in France.

Anton Rodgers and Julia McKenzie return as William and Hester Fields, a middle-aged couple whose grown children have left home to start lives of their own. Hester is ready for a new life, too—and takes on everything from redecorating to catering. Staid William would much prefer that his life—and his wife—remain unchanged. Inevitably, he finds himself drawn into Hester’s self-improvement schemes, usually reluctantly but always with hilarious results.

Episodes: Do It Yourself, A Waiting Game, Moveable Feasts, Tipping the Scales, Crossed Lines, Alarums and Excursions, A Nose for Trouble, The Old Folks at Home, One Damned Ming after Another, Life Is Full of Ups and Downs, Takes Two to Tango, Caught in the Act, Brighton or Bust, and Happy Returns

Acorn Media previously released Fresh Fields, Set 1 (Series 1 & 2) as a DVD 2-Disc Set ($49.99) in February 2011.

Street: October 4, 2011                    SRP: $49.99

DVD 2-Disc Set: 14 episodes - Approx. 342 min. - British comedy - SDH subtitles


New edition of the hit British mystery series, now with subtitles; As seen on public television

A winner” —Deseret News

SILVER SPRING, MD—Combining glorious gardens with classic whodunits, Rosemary & Thyme: The Complete Collection arrives to DVD from Acorn Media on October 4, 2011 in a newly re-authored 7-volume collector’s edition, now with subtitles. Felicity Kendal (Good Neighbors, The Camomile Lawn) and Pam Ferris (Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Matilda) star in this popular British mystery series broadcast on public television and from the producer of Agatha Christie’s Poirot. Filmed on location in some of Europe’s most spectacular gardens, the release features all 22 episodes, brimming with top-notch guest stars, eccentric characters, and great chemistry from its gardening detectives–-plus bonus interviews, production notes, and much more ($79.99,

Stunning gardens provide the backdrop for this hit British mystery series starring Felicity Kendal as Rosemary Boxer and Pam Ferris as Laura Thyme, professional gardeners and amateur sleuths. From their former careers as a university plant biologist and a police officer, Rosemary and Laura bring unique investigative talents to their horticultural and human mysteries.

Locations featured in the series include manor houses in the English countryside; London’s Kew Gardens and Regent’s Park; the French Riviera; Italy’s Ligurian coast; a Surrey vineyard; and the hills of Málaga, Spain. Guest stars include Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited), Oliver Ford Davies (Star Wars), Phyllida Law (The Time Machine), Juilan Wadham (The English Patient), Gareth David-Lloyd (Torchwood), Margaret Tyzack (A Clockwork Orange), and Michael Maloney (The Forsyte Saga).

Rosemary & Thyme aired for three seasons (2003-2005) in the U.K. and was syndicated nationally on public television in the United States. The title music is performed by John Williams.

Special Features:  An interview with Felicity Kendal and Pam Ferris (8 min.), production notes, location notes, photo galleries, cast filmographies, and a trivia quiz.

Street Date: October 4, 2011                                               SRP: $79.99

DVD 7-Disc Set: 22 episodes – Approx. 18 ½ hrs. – British mystery – SDH subtitles

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