Best Brit TV streaming service Acorn TV ramps up, Midsomer Murders, Set 21 out Jan. 8

Acorn’s top series, Midsomer Murders, debuts Set 21 on  January 8.

British TV specialist Acorn Media has the newest episodes of Midsomer Murders, Set 21 on DVD/Blu-ray.

The cozy villages of Midsomer County reveal their most sinister secrets in these contemporary British television mysteries.

Inspired by the novels of Caroline Graham, modern master of the English village mystery, the series stars Neil Dudgeon (Life of Riley) as the capable Detective Chief Inspector John Barnaby, with Jason Hughes (This Life) as his young partner, Detective Sergeant Ben Jones. Guest stars include Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey), David Warner (Titanic), Edward Fox (Ghandi), Phyllida Law (Love at First Sight), and Pam Ferris (Rosemary & Thyme).

Called “Simply the most entertaining mystery series in TV history…Absolutely addictive” and continually reaching new heights of popularity, Midsomer Murders counts Johnny Depp and even the Queen of England among its ardent fans.

In Set 21, newly transplanted to Midsomer, John Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon, Life of Riley) takes over as the new DCI after his cousin, Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), retired. Guest stars include Samantha Bond (Downton Abbey, GoldenEye), David Warner (Titanic), and Edward Fox (Ghandi).

From Acorn Media:

Newly transplanted to Midsomer, John Barnaby takes over as the new DCI after his cousin, Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), retired.

Barnaby contends with the county’s murderous denizens with his new partner (Jason Hughes, This Life) in these four new, contemporary stand-alone mysteries (Blu-ray 2-Disc/DVD 4-vol. boxed set, $59.99/$49.99,

Set in England’s picture-perfect but perilous Midsomer County, Set 21’s episodes made their streaming debut on Acorn TV earlier this year, but the episodes have not aired on U.S. television.

The Mysteries:

Death in the Slow Lane—A classic car show becomes a crime scene after a grisly death.

Dark Secrets—Barnaby and Jones investigate the suspicious death of a social services employee.

Echoes of the Dead—The detectives look into a series of copycat murders.

The Oblong Murders—Jones goes undercover to investigate a local new-age cult.

Midsomer Murders premiered in the U.K. in March 1997. Since then, more than ninety feature-length episodes have aired with new episodes still in production. In the U.S., the series has been seen on A&E and The Biography Channel, however the episodes in Set 21 are the first part of Series 14 (2011-12), which never broadcast in the U.S.

Street: January 8, 2013 - Four mysteries, approx. 372 min. - SDH subtitles

Blu-ray 2-Disc Set (SRP: $59.99) / DVD 4-Vol. Boxed Set: (SRP: $49.99)

Echoes of the Dead and The Oblong Murders contain nudity and disturbing images

Acorn Media previously released Sets 1-20 with three to five mysteries per set ($39.99 to $59.99) as well as four collector’s sets (The Early Cases Collection, Barnaby’s Casebook, Village Case Files and Mayhem & Mystery Files). Each set ranked in Acorn’s top 10 best-sellers for its year and sales of each new set consistently gain momentum.

Acorn Media/Athena DVD Release Calendar

Jan. 1: Doctor Zhivago, Lillie, and Trial & Retribution Set 6

Jan. 8: Midsomer Murders, Set 21

Jan. 15: The Story of Math Collection and Bill Moyers: Becoming American

Jan. 29: Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries, Agatha Christie’s Poirot & Marple Fan Favorites Collection, and Wodehouse Playhouse Complete

Best Brit TV streaming service Acorn TV is featuring a free 14-day trial for complete access to the 18 different series with an average of 175 hours of weekly content (up 40% from the 125 hours in Sept.)

Thereafter, a subscription is just $2.99/mth or $29.99/yr. Each week three new seasons are added and three are removed. The press login/password for complete access is readily available upon request. Please consider trying out and covering Acorn TV. Press access available upon request.

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