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Thursday, November 15, 2012

Acorn TV streams Helen Mirren’s Prime Suspect, Hugh Laurie, Damian Lewis, Keira Knightley, Tom Wilkinson and more Best Brit TV

“Acorn Media, chief curators of the best Brit TV” –TIME Magazine

Starting Monday, Acorn TV, the first British TV streaming service in North America, offered the first two series of Helen Mirren’s iconic, Emmy®-winning role as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect. Series 1 guest stars also include Tom Wilkinson and Ralph Fiennes. As always, the first episodes of each of the 18 series are available for free, while complete access to the 125 hours of the very best in British mysteries and dramas is just $2.99/mth or $29.99/yr.

Currently streaming: The complete series of Fortysomething starring Hugh Laurie (House) and Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock); the “Outrageously Entertaining” (NPR) Slings & Arrows, featuring Paul Gross, Rachel McAdams, and Mark McKinney; the North American premiere of Midsomer Murders, Set 21; Fresh Fields starring Julia McKenzie and Anton Rodgers; the complete 40-episode Pie in the Sky series starring Harry Potter’s Richard Griffiths; as well as Keira Knightley and Sam Neill in Doctor Zhivago; Sally Hawkins (Happy-Go-Lucky) and Oscar-nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake) in Fingersmith; David Suchet in Agatha Christie’s Poirot; Tom Wilkinson in First Among Equals; the final episodes of Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution; among many others.

Acorn TV recently announced an increase of programming by 200% since its launch in June 2011, the addition of a monthly option (just $2.99) and availability in Canada, and month-long marathons, like November’s Pie in the Sky complete 40-episode marathon. Acorn TV is available on Roku, iPhones, iPads, Barnes & Noble’s NOOK Tablet, Apple TV, Google TV, among others.

Coming Nov. 19th to Acorn TV:

Robson Green in Northern Lights Collection and Touching Evil Series 3 as well as Rosemary & Thyme (Series 1-3) and Kelly Reilly and Ciaran Hinds in Above Suspicion Set 1

DVD Gift Sets:

Acorn Media is releasing several of our best-selling series in some of our nicest and biggest value-priced sets ever. They include:

·         Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Early Cases Collection - 45 mysteries, 13-Disc Blu-ray $250, 18-Disc DVD $200, Series 1-6 (Oct. 23)

·         The Complete Red Green Show: High (Quality)/Quantity Collector’s Set – 50 discs, 300 episodes, 15 seasons, $300 (Oct. 16)

·         Wish Me Luck: The Complete Collection – 6-disc, $80, Series 1-3 (Oct. 23)

·         The Duchess of Duke Street Complete Collection – 31 episodes, 10 disc, $80 (Oct. 23)

·         As well as earlier 2012 releases: The Costume Drama Classic Collection (15 discs, $99), Joseph Campbell: Mythos-The Complete Series (6-disc, $99), The Best of Foyle’s War (6-discs, $50), Midsomer Murders: Mayhem & Mystery Files (15 feature-length mysteries, $150, Series 10-11), and Poldark: The Complete Collection (8-discs, $80).

Acorn Media/Athena DVD Release Calendar:

Oct. 16: Waterloo Road Series 1, Brave New World, The Complete Red Green Show, and Bill Moyers: A World of Ideas II-Great Thinkers

Oct. 23:  Agatha Christie’s Poirot: The Early Cases Collection (Series 1-6, DVD/Blu-ray), The Duchess of Duke Street Complete Collection, and Wish Me Luck: Complete Collection

Nov. 6: Vera Series 2, Narrow Escapes of WWII, and Cornwall with Caroline Quentin

Acorn’s and Athena’s DVD sets are available from select retailers, catalog companies, and direct from Acorn Media at (888) 870-8047 or and


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