Grantchester, Vera and Janet King

Just a reminder that the second series of Grantchester (already underway on ITV) will begin airing on PBS on Sunday, March 27.

On Acorn TV you can enjoy the most recent series of Vera starting Monday, March 21, with a new episode (four total) up every Monday.

Also coming to Acorn is Janet King.  This Australian courtroom drama staring A Place to Call Home’s Marta Dusseldorp, will begin on Monday, March 14 with the first of eight episodes.

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Vera Series 6

Vera returns to ITV for four new episodes starting Sunday, January 31.
No word yet on a US air date either on PBS or Acorn TV.

New Crime Drama on Acorn TV

Those of you with an Acorn TV membership will be able to enjoy a whole host of new British crime dramas over the next few weeks.

The complete series 7 of George Gently is already available, as is each episode of series 5 of Vera.

The first two episodes of new dysfunctional cop/serial killer drama, Chasing Shadows, are up, with the final two arriving over the next two weeks.

Finally, Partners in Crime, the BBC’s adaptation of two of Agatha Christie’s Tommy and Tuppence novels, will become available starting September 3rd.

Vera Series 6

More good news – series 5 of Vera is currently airing on ITV, but apparently series 6 is already in the works.

Production is due to start in the summer, with a broadcast date sometime in 2016.

Vera Series 5

Good news – ITV has commissioned another series of Vera which is filming now for broadcast in 2015. The sad news is that David Leon, who played D.S. Joe Ashworth, will not be returning.

Actor Kenny Doughty will take on the role of Vera’s new right hand, D.S. Aiden Healy. It will be interesting to see how they get along!

Vera’s Back!

Series four of ITV’s Vera returns with four new episodes starting Sunday, April 27th at 8. You can watch a promo here.

In the first episode, On Harbour Street, Vera and her team investigate a murder that takes place on a crowded train.

Looks like it will be another gorgeous, gloomy, deadly series!

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.