Anglophile's who have a need to stream all things British TV have so much to look forward to this coming month.
Acorn TV just announced its lineup of new content being added to its library, just in time since subscribers just finished watching the exclusive premiere of Agatha Christie's The Witness for the Prosecution, and the British DNA drama Code of a Killer.
March brings with it the exclusive premiere of Series 19 of the popular mystery series Midsomer Murders starring Neil Dudgeon and Nick Hendrix., as well as the new season of Jack Taylor starring Game of Throne's Iain Glen, and the Britcom Men Behaving Badly starring Martin Clunes and Neil Morrissey.
Acorn TV also has the new Martin Clunes documentary Island of Australia coming to the platform, as Neil Morrissey is also starring in a new Acorn TV Original called Striking Out, an Irish legal drama premiering on St. Patrick's Day.
March Acorn TV Schedule:
Monday, March 6
Midsomer Murders Series 19 Part 1 (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
The beloved British mystery and Acorn's top-selling series returns with four new feature-length episodes set in England's most murderous county. The capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley) investigates the cozy villages of Midsomer's most sinister secrets, including a murder in a ghost village, the death of a star cricketer, and a body found covered in rabbits at a local pet show.
Fresh Fields, Series 1-4
1984-1986 International Emmy®-winning British sitcom; broadcast frequently on PBS since the mid-1980s
After 20 years of marriage and two grown children, suburban housewife Hester Fields (Julia McKenzie, Marple) is ready for a new challenge. And it doesn't seem to matter what it is-she dabbles in painting, jogging, cooking, pottery, and even fencing. Her staid accountant husband, William (Anton Rodgers, May to December), feels no such need for change, yet somehow always seems to get dragged into Hester's exploits. Each morning he sets off for the office, never knowing what he'll face when he returns home. Some of his wife's self-improvement projects are flops, others outright disasters. But with Hester trying something new each day, life is never dull for the Fields.
Rake, Series 1
Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!, Van Helsing) is Cleaver Greene, a brilliant barrister battling self-destructive tendencies in this ongoing, hit Australian comedy-drama. As a lawyer, Cleaver prefers to defend those who are utterly hopeless and probably guilty; his clients include murderers, bigamists, and even cannibals. Despite his roguish ways, Cleaver's wit and charm have won him many cases and loyal friends over the years. Guest stars in this "smart, cheeky, and funny legal series" (Newcastle Herald, Australia) include Oscar® nominee Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters), Hugo Weaving (The Lord of the Rings films), Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), and Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones).
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10, Episode 11 (U.S. Only)
Monday, March 13
Martin Clunes' Islands of Australia (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
In this gorgeously shot new 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.
Directed by Adrian Sibley (director of BAFTA award-winning The Show Must Go On, Baz Luhrmann) and narrated by Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding), this definitive documentary takes an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most eminent and unique culinary establishments as it embarks on its first major renovation in 25 years.
At the heart of London's theatreland, The Ivy's renowned décor and dining experience has earned it a global fame on a par with its star-studded clientele. Now, The Ivy's charismatic director, Fernando Peire and his outspoken Executive Chef, Gary Lee are undertaking an extraordinary transformation, while simultaneously welcoming camera crews into the restaurant for the first time in its history.
Men Behaving Badly, Series 1-7
Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty) star in this genre-defining Britcom about a pair of outrageous yet endearing flatmates who relish late night beers and rambling conversations. Hailed as a "superb chronicle of the sordid joys of bachelor existence" (Evening Standard) with "a wonderful script and wonderful performances," this iconic series co-stars Caroline Quentin (Blue Murder) and Leslie Ash (Where the Heart Is).
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10, Episode 12 (U.S. Only)
Friday, March 17 (St. Patrick's Day)
Striking Out (Acorn TV Original Series, Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
Tara Rafferty (Amy Huberman, The Clinic) is living the good life: she's a successful Dublin lawyer engaged to a fellow solicitor. But Tara's life is turned upside down after she discovers her betrothed in bed with a colleague. Abandoning her wedding plans (and her job), Tara strikes out on her own, starting an unconventional private practice. Hailed as "a roaring success" (Irish Independent), this legal drama charmed audiences across the pond, quickly becoming Ireland's #1 new drama. Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty, Grantchester, The Night Manager) and Rory Keenan (War & Peace, Peaky Blinders) co-star.
Monday, March 20
Four in a Bed, Series 1
This series offers an intriguing behind-the-scenes peek at a British institution: the bed and breakfast. Four pairs of B&B owners take turns staying at one another's establishments, rating everything from furnishings to fry-ups, in a competition to determine who runs the best B&B. Series One features hoteliers based in picturesque locales including Oxfordshire, South Wales, and Edinburgh.
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10, Episode 13 (U.S. Only)
Monday, March 27
Asylum (Exclusive U.S. Premiere)
This British comedy series stars Ben Miller (Death in Paradise, I Want My Wife Back) as whistleblower Dan Hern, a man forced to seek asylum in the El Rican embassy after leaking sensitive information about CIA cover ups. Once an international cause célèbre, a year trapped in the embassy has left Hern fading into obscurity and desperately bored. Hern's increasingly irritating presence manages to unite his El Rican hosts, MI6, and the CIA, all of whom want nothing more than to lure him out of the embassy so that he can be extradited.
Jack Taylor, Set 3 (U.S. Only)
Iain Glen (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) is Jack Taylor: a former cop turned private investigator trying to scratch out a living in his native Galway. Self-destructive and pigheaded, with a talent for getting into trouble, Jack retains few friends from his time in the Irish Police, save for detective Kate Noonan (Siobhán O'Kelly, Dominion Creek). Aided by Kate and her cousin Darragh (Jack Monaghan, Hideaways), Jack delves into some of the darkest cases of his career, including the crucifixion of a young man, the kidnapping of his old nemesis, and deadly corporate espionage.
Empire of the Tsars: Romanov Russia
Historian Lucy Worsley (Six Wives, The Real Versailles) presents this fascinating documentary about the Romanovs, the all-powerful dynasty who ruled Russia for more than three centuries. From Peter the Great, the visionary who transformed a country into an empire; Catherine the Great, the minor princess from Germany who became the mightiest woman in the world; to the last tsar, Nicholas II, the loving father and husband who provoked a revolution, Worsley offers an intriguing look at the stories of betrayal, scandal, and murder that helped define the modern world.
Murdoch Mysteries, Season 10, Episode 14 (U.S. Only)