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Is Acorn TV worth it? Everything you need to know
- Deborah Chu
- 27 May 2020
Stream the best in British thrillers and crime dramas straight to your home
As the country that gave the world Sherlock, Poirot, Wimsey and Marple, there's no doubt that Brits love their crime dramas, and that they do them oh-so-well. Luckily for us, Acorn TV has gathered the best of British crime and thrilling drama into one convenient platform, from period dramas and pacey police procedurals to unforgettable dramatic features that will keep our little grey cells firing.
Neatly sorted under the subheadings 'Crime', 'Drama', 'Period Dramas', 'TV Movies' 'Fan Favourites' and 'Acorn TV Exclusives', Acorn TV's catalogue is varied and focused without being overwhelming, doing away with Netflix's endless slog and confusing algorithms. The service is available on Apple TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV, as well as all laptops, tablets and mobiles, and viewers can choose between flexible monthly or annual subscriptions from just £4.99 a month. Those on the fence can also take advantage of Acorn TV's incredibly generous 30-day free trial.
But of course, it's the programming that will bring the enthusiasts to the crime scene. Acorn TV boasts an incredible roster of classic favourites, such as Anthony Horowitz's much-beloved wartime drama Foyle's War; acclaimed BBC drama Accused; the Emmy-nominated adaptation of The Scarlet Pimpernel, featuring Anthony Andrews as the dashing Pimpernel and Ian McKellen as his archnemesis, Chauvelin; the delightful Agatha Raisin; and Tom Stoppard's acclaimed film adaptation of his seminal tragicomedy, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
For those looking for a bit of petticoat to their plot, their stable of period dramas is equally impressive, including the critically-acclaimed 2015 adaptation of Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None, starring Charles Dance and Miranda Richardson, as well as David Tennant-helmed biopic United, ITV miniseries The Bletchley Circle and Stephen Poliakoff's thriller Glorious 39. But crime truly knows no bounds, and Acorn's Beyond Britain offerings include the glorious New Zealand detective drama Harry starring Sam Neill and Oscar Kightley, and Irish legal drama Striking Out starring Amy Huberman.
A bit off the beaten track, you'll find hidden gems such as the BBC thriller Keeping Faith, starring Eve Myles (Torchwood) as Faith, a lawyer who delves into her small coastal Welsh town's criminal underbelly after the mysterious disappearance of her husband. Familiar telly faces John Hannah (The Mummy) and Brendan Coyle (Downton Abbey) make for a scintillating pair in the psychological police procedural Amnesia, and viewers can catch Emmy Award-winning actor Matthew Rhys in The Scapegoat, an adaptation of Daphne du Maurier's tale of wicked doppelgangers and the darker shades of the human condition.
Acorn TV's original programme is no slouch either. Ashley Jensen of Agatha Raisin fame helms Love, Lies and Records, which follows registrar Kate Dickenson's attempts to navigate the daily drama of life at the Leeds Register Office. Queens of Mystery delightfully riff off the crime writing genre in its focus on chronically-single detective Matilda Stone, whose adventures with her three crime writing aunts in tow earned the series a nod from The New York Times. Meanwhile, the sleek, suspenseful drama London Kills sees a talented ensemble of detectives solve harrowing crimes in the nation's capital, both on the streets and close to home.
So if you're looking for seemingly endless edge-of-your-seat viewing, completely advert-free and at one killer lower price, Acorn TV should be your prime suspect. Try Acorn TV for 30-days absolutely free.