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Acorn TV Expands Streaming Service With ‘Above Suspicion’

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Good news here. Acorn Media Group, the first company to provide live streaming of the best in classic and contemporary British television, recently expanded the service, which launched in July of 2011 with a roster of six series and 40 hours of programming online at any given time. Now viewers have complete episodes of 10 series and 60 hours of programming accessible. There’s so much material—a lot of it never seen before in the States. Two new shows are rotated in weekly (as the oldest shows are rotated out) and remain in the schedule for five weeks, allowing ample time to watch your favorites or never-seens. First episodes are gratis, so if you’re a BBC America or PBS Masterpiece buff, or simply have a passion for excellent drama, check it out at acornonline.com/TV.

I did just that and found a gem: Above Suspicion, a crime drama from La Plante Productions. Lynda La Plante, known for creating strong detective heroines (Prime Suspect, The Commander) has produced another absorbing crime solving series with baffling cases and mercurial characters. Ciarán Hinds and Kelly Reilly lead the terrific ensemble.

b2ap3_thumbnail_hm-premium-ad-3.jpgBased on bestselling La Plante novels, the show premiered in England in ’09. An instant hit, Above  Suspicion 2: The Red Dahlia and Above Suspicion: Deadly Intent followed soon after, airing in  2010 and ’11.

Signing up for Acorn Premium will give subscribers access to the complete series and the best of British fare for a nominal yearly fee. Here’s more good news: Britain’s ITV has commissioned a fourth year of the popular drama. As far as I know, it will be available stateside only through Acorn. I’m looking forward to it and streaming the first three seasons will bring me up to speed for the release of number four: Above Suspicion: Silent Scream.

For those of you who either don’t want or like to stream, never fear: you can own Above Suspicion or any other Acorn title. Most titles are available on DVD.

Originally Published: Indiewire Jan. 4, 2012 

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TVolution Founder and Managing Editor DARWYN CARSON completed a six-year stint as Managing Editor of Leonard Maltin’s Annual Movie Guide in 2015. She has been covering film since her early association with entertainment journalist Michael Symanski at Zap2It.com. She also covered film and restaurant news in her column Carson’s Corner for a variety of social publications. Her articles have appeared on Zap2It, Indiewire, leonardmaltin.com and, of course, The TVolution. Follow Darwyn @bnoirlikeme. Follow The TVolution @thetvolution. Please Like The TVolution on Facebook.

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