So, besides all the bread you are baking, runs you are taking, work you are doing, how about an escape?
If you are binging on shows or catching a few favorites, how about something that isn’t quite as mainstream as “Ozark” or “Tiger King?”
Perhaps it is my English heritage ( 25%) but I love a great English mystery or thriller, and mostly view shows on Acorn Tv ( some of these shows are on Netflix.’ Most of what I am sharing is on Acorn TV ( this is not affiliated in any way). I am a True Crime lover and most of what I watch is on Discovery ID. However, for a great story and a mystery/thriller, I turn to my favorite English programs.
Here are some of the shows I love and watch.
- Midsommer Murders. The small countriesque down in Causton is so charming. Being a Music Major, I was first endeared to this show by the Theremin playing the theme song. Good to know those Theremin majors out there have a gig! The first in a series of wise detectives, was my favorite, an older gentleman, Detective ( DCI) Barnaby, played by John Nettles. The town and its characters were derived by a series of books by Caroline Graham. I just love the vibe of the town and the small English country cottages. I could live in one of those! The spirit of the show, especially toward the latter part of the series, is a bit campy, but that adds to the charm. This Is one of the longest-running shows as well. If you love good characters and the setting of a quaint English town, this is a must-see.
- Line of Duty– Another show with very strong characters is Line of Duty. Line of Duty focuses on the AC-12 Unit, Anti-Corruption. The characters are interesting, flawed, and often a source of concern for the Chief. The Unit focuses on catching criminals, but sometimes it is the police officers working in the “line of duty”. A wonderful cast, just riveting!
- Deadwater Fell– a fan of actor David Tennant ( Broadchurch another must-see~) plays a Scottish man who has lost this wife and 3 young girls in a house fire. Suspicion falls on Tom ( his character) and his friends and family start to question their beliefs. Very good! I just couldn’t stop watching.
- Wire in the Blood– Based on a series of books from writer Val Mcdermid, this mystery thriller takes you on some windy roads. The main character, played by Robson Green, is a clinical psychologist who “gets into the mind” of the killer, or in this case serial killers. I began watching this series when I first became sick with EDS, and was mostly bedridden. I couldn’t wait to watch the next episode, as it was exciting and edgy.
- Prime Suspect– Have you ever seen Helen Mirran interviewed? She has sass! She can be a tough cookie, and I love her! This series has Helen Mirren in the lead role of Jane Tennisen, one of the first Detective Chief Inspectors in London. This procedural shows some of the perspective of women in such a role, and how she faces this battle within the police unit. It’s very good! ( On Amazon Prme)
- Vera- Vera could be my grandmother. She is that likable. Dressed a bit dowdy, Oscar Nominee Brenda Blythyn, stars as Vera, an endearing, self-sufficient, determined investigator who doesn’t give up. Wonderful performances.
There are many other excellent British mystery shows such as Luther, The Accused, Broadchurch, and others!
Now, if you choose one or more of these to watch, I must tell you. A pot of tea is mandatory! lol. How many English mysteries are solved over a good ole cup o tea? ( Maybe that is another reason I love tea. hmmm)
I hope you all are well, and have something planned for the weekend. Here in NC, we are in Phase 1, parks, trails and some businesses are open at a smaller capacity, continuing to practice safe social distancing. We have only gone grocery shopping but will take a walk on the trails near our house this weekend. Hubby and I will take the pups for a hike at our local Latta Plantation. We purchased different cheeses and hummus to make a charcutarie board minus the meat, along with some excellent bottles of wine to open. We’ve been enjoying sitting on the deck when its nice out.
So, on those rainy days, I hope you may check out one of these recommendations.
I’d love to hear some of your favorites in the comments, if you are a fan of British Mysteries
Have a great weekend!
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