Wayward Pines Episode 1 Free Now

Not sure that a 10-part FOX miniseries about a secret service agent trapped in a creepy Brigadoon-esque town is for you? Well for a (probably) limited time, you can get the first episode free on Amazon. Check out a trailer here.

Orphan Black Season 1 Available for free streaming today only

Not sure that clone drama is for you? For today only (Friday, April 17) Amazon is making the whole first season available for free streaming.

You can check it out here.

It’s worth a try even if you aren’t usually into science fiction type stuff because it’s also a great conspiracy thriller/mystery/character drama – not to mention a chance to enjoy Tatiana Maslany’s truly excellent performance(s).

Death Comes to Pemberley, Elementary, The Fall and Fortitude

The first of two episodes of Death Comes to Pemberley (the adaptation of P.D. James’ homage to Pride and Prejudice) aired on Sunday, October 26th on PBS.  The episode is available online here until November 10th – find out if Wickham is a killer or just a cad.

Also, although the year is rapidly winding down, there are still some shows to watch out for.

Fans of Lucy Liu and Jonny Lee Miller’s Watson and Holmes (or those who will take any kind of Sherlock that they can get) will be happy to know that Elementary returns for its third season this Thursday, October 30th.

Series two of the well-shot and acted (if disturbing) The Fall, begins on the BBC in the second week of November (exact date and time to be confirmed).

Finally, is Sky Atlantic’s 12 part series Fortitude, set in the arctic and staring, among other greats, Sofie Grabol, Michael Gambon and Stanley Tucci. Need I say more? True, it probably won’t air until January 2015, but it’s promising enough to deserve the extra anticipation time! Here’s the trailer.

The Wrong Mans

The first two episodes of this Hulu/BBC series are now available for free online at Hulu (Hulu Plus members can watch all six).  Two normal (okay, slightly oddball) guys get pulled into an international crime conspiracy/caper when one of them answers the wrong phone at the scene of an accident.

Acorn TV – New Online Source for British TV Fans

PBS’s Masterpiece is wonderful – it airs fantastic British shows and then provides them online for free.  But PBS (and BBC America) can only do so much.  After that the UK tv addict has to turn to Amazon, Netflix or Hulu.

Now there is another option in the online streaming world.  Acorn Media has launched Acorn TV.  You can try it out for free for one month.  There is overlap with what’s already available on Amazon, etc., but there are also some series that you can’t currently get anywhere else, including: the latest series of Vera; the first series of the charming 1920s Australian whodunit, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (based on novels by Kerry Greenwood and starring the beautiful Essie Davis); series 14 of Midsomer Murders; and the absurd and excellent Blandings (based on P.G. Wodehouse’s classic stories).

Take a look.

Available Free Online – Morse, Vera, George Gently, Lewis and More

Hulu has made a number of British crime dramas available for free online streaming.

Vera (first 8 episodes)

Morse (all 33 episodes)

Lewis (5 episodes)

George Gently (the complete first series – 3 episodes)

 

A search through Hulu’s offerings will likely turn up a few other interesting crime dramas.

Happy viewing.