Acorn TV is a subscription streaming service that offers world-class mysteries, dramas, comedies, and documentaries from Britain and beyond. There seems to be an emphasis on the dramas. Subscribe for just $4.99/month. Here are some of Anglonerd’s favorite Acorn offerings that are currently available. Listings are subject to change month to month.
Chasing Shadows stars Doctor Who alums Alex Kingston and Noel Clarke and Inside No. 9‘s Reece Shearsmith. This drama follows Sean Stone, an excellent missing persons detective whose lack of personal skills are putting his job on the line.
>>> Read Anglonerd’s review
Line of Duty
Spoilers: Another popular copy drama. Anglonerd interviewed Daniel Mays last season, not realizing his character was not going to make it! Kudos to their PR team for diverting the media’s attention and strengthening the surprise.
>>> Read Danny’s interview here
Decline and Fall
I’m not always a Jack Whitehall fan, but this show is absolutely hilarious and has a superb cast. Vincent Franklin is a favorite. Whitehall plays a very serious young teacher at a school that is shattering around him. This show is adapted from Evelyn Waugh’s 1928 satirical novel.
>>> Read about this and other TV adaptations of books on the Acorn blog
If you’re looking to dip a toe into British comedy for the first time, Dylan Moran’s surreal bookstore comedy about grumpy Bernard Black and his only two pals Manny and Fran (Bill Bailey and Tamsin Greig) is the best place to start. Also available on Hulu and Netflix.
>>> Read Anglonerd’s review of Black Books
Count Arthur Strong
If you liked Black Books, you’ll like Count Arthur Strong, too. Adapted from Steve Delaney’s radio show, the comedy is co-written by Graham Linehan, who co-wrote Black Books.
>>> Read 7 fun facts about Graham Linehan’s TV shows on Acorn’s blog
Absolutely loved this quiet little comedy drama about metal detectorists in rural England. Who would have thought you could get so many compelling episodes out of such a simple idea? Stars Mackenzie Crook and Toby Jones. Also available on Hulu.
>>> Read Anglonerd’s review of Detectorists
I know it’s not really cool/alternative to like panel shows, but you can just learn so much from John Lloyd and his team of elves. For years, this “quite interesting” panel show was hosted by Stephen Fry, with reigns recently gathered by Sandi Toksvig, and always assisted by Alan Davies. There’s also a series of QI books and a spin-off radio series called The Museum of Curiosity. Also available on Hulu.
Rosencranz and Guildenstern Are Dead
It would be a mistake to not mention that Acorn has a lot of good films as well as television. This movie, an adaptation of Tom Stoppard’s play, which is itself a philosophical discussion surrounding minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, stars Gary Oldman and Tim Roth. It is one of my favorite films of all time.