Fantastic Female TV Favourites for Acorn Media’s Festive Gifting Box Sets – AGATHA RAISIN, OUR GIRL, MISS FISHER And More
IT’S BEEN a challenging year for everyone and good telly has become more essential than ever. As we approach the festive season it’s time to show our appreciation to those closest to us, and what better way than a box set of their favourite series, or something new to get stuck into that they’ll love? This Christmas, ladies lead the way in Acorn Media International’s outstanding array of bingeworthy Box Sets, from super sleuths to awesome army heroes and miraculous medics, there’s something for everyone.
With more than 20 years in the business, Acorn Media continues to blaze a trail in Box Set gifting, offering the best entertainment in DVD Box Sets of best loved TV series that will enthral and entertain for a lifetime.
This Christmas, ladies lead the way in Acorn Media International’s outstanding array of bingeworthy Box Sets, from super sleuths to awesome army heroes and miraculous medics, there’s something for everyone. With more than 20 years in the business, Acorn Media continues to blaze a trail in Box Set gifting, offering the best entertainment in DVD Box Sets of best loved TV series that will enthral and entertain for a lifetime.
Fantastic female leads top the list in a stunning offering of gifting greats…get stuck into sassy sleuth series Agatha Raisin and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, where both eponymous detectives solve dastardly deeds with their signature style and fashionable flair – Agatha (Ashley Jensen) in the quaint Cotswolds, and Miss Fisher (Essie Davis) in 1920’s Melbourne high society. Hit BBC series and fan favourite Our Girl has now come to an end, so what better time to revisit the complete series as Eastenders’ Lacey Turner and Coronation Street’s Michelle Keegan play army medics who must face love and loss in life on the front line? A period drama with a twist, historical fiction series Britannia sees playwright Jez Butterworth take liberties with the truth as he crafts an intricate, surreal, violent and hilarious take on the ancient Roman occupation of Britain, and the young girl who is prophesied to save her Celtic tribe. The Good Karma Hospital is the perfect sunny escapism since summer holidays were cancelled this year – take a trip through the TV to the shores of South India as the hardworking medical team led by Amanda Redman do their all to save their patients, and to build a life for themselves.
Returning for new nail-biting outings in 2021, gritty female-led noir dramas Marcella and Keeping Faith follow working women and mothers, determined DI Marcella Backland (Anna Friel) and ferocious lawyer Faith Howells (Eve Myles), who would go to any lengths to protect their families. Hollywood royalty Anna Paquin stars as queen of spin Robyn in PR drama Flack, where clearing up celeb drama is all in a day’s work, but that doesn’t stop her getting into plenty of drama in her personal life. A Place to Call Home is a sweeping romantic drama set in the 50’s, starring Marta Dusseldorp as a woman with a mysterious past who returns to Australia and becomes entangled with the wealthy Bligh family. Spine-chilling detective drama The Fall stars Gillian Anderson as the formidable Superintendent Stella Gibson, tasked with tracking down dangerous serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan)…but soon the case gets personal.
AGATHA RAISIN COMPLETE SERIES ONE TO THREE DVD
TV favourite Ashley Jensen (Extras, Ugly Betty) plays eponymous amateur sleuth extraordinaire Agatha Raisin, in this delightful, mystery-packed series based on M C Beaton’s best-selling novels. The high-flying PR exec turned investigator solves strange murders in the quaint Cotswolds village that she now calls home in this fun-filled detective romp, perfect to binge before Series 4 arrives next year.
MISS FISHER’S MURDER MYSTERIES COMPLETE SERIES 1 TO 3 + MISS FISHER AND THE CRYPT OF TEARS DVD
This internationally acclaimed, smash-hit detective drama follows the fantastic Miss Phryne Fisher (Essie Davis – The Babadook, True History of the Kelly Gang), lady detective extraordinaire, who is perfectly at home wielding a pearl-handled pistol and her dagger-sharp wit on the backstreets of 1920’s Melbourne. Packed full of glamour and intrigue, binge all three series plus the fabulous fan-funded feature film, and experience the delectable will-they won’t-they romance between Phryne and Inspector Jack Robinson (Nathan Page) right through to its gasp- worthy conclusion.
OUR GIRL COMPLETE SERIES ONE – FOUR DVD
After the recent sad news that this hugely successful primetime drama has come to an end, what better time to revisit Our Girl in its entirety? This powerful series charts the gripping highs and lows of female British Army medics. Series one features Eastenders’ Lacey Turner as the eponymous Our Girl and grabbed the attention of an audience hungry for a strong female lead. Series two to four see Coronation Street favourite Michelle Keegan in the starring role as she deals with the action and emotion of life on the front line.
BRITANNIA I & II DVD
Ruthless Romans, drugged-up Druids and capricious Celts...welcome to Britannia. Olivier award-winning playwright Jez Butterworth (The Ferryman) pens this rich historical series that blends fact and fantasy to create a fever-dream drama. Chosen child Cait (Eleanor Worthington-Cox – Gwen) seeks to fulfil a prophecy to save Britannia from Roman rule, but there are greater forces at play than she could ever imagine. Also starring Mackenzie Crook, David Morrissey, Zoë Wanamaker, Kelly Reilly and Ian McDiarmid.
THE GOOD KARMA HOSPITAL COMPLETE SERIES ONE TO THREE DVD
For a spoonful of sun-drenched TV medicine to brighten up the winter evenings, it’s time to head back to The Good Karma Hospital and the sunny shores of South India – on the doctor’s orders! This heart-warming hospital drama stars Amanda Redman (New Tricks) as the formidable Dr Lydia Fonseca in charge of the run-down but resourceful medical centre. Along with junior doctor Ruby Walker (Amrita Acharia – Game of Thrones), the pair must navigate love and loss in their own lives while putting their all into saving the lives of their patients.
MARCELLA COMPLETE SERIES ONE & TWO DVD
Marcella, starring Anna Friel in the title role, is set to return for a third series in 2021. This multi-stranded, dark crime drama from international superstar screenwriter and novelist Hans Rosenfeldt (The Bridge) is set in contemporary London and centres on the psychological struggles of a Metropolitan police officer at a crisis point in her life. In series one, while investigating the murder of her husband’s mistress, she is unnerved by what she discovers deep within her. She harbours a dangerous suspicion that far from solving crimes, she might be right at their heart. Series two sees Marcella investigating the murder of a friend of her son and she is finding it harder and harder to keep her violent fugues under control.
FLACK SERIES ONE & TWO DVD
Hollywood royalty Anna Paquin stars as PR guru Robyn, for whom juggling TV stars harbouring dark secrets and superstar pregnancy cover-ups is all in a day’s work at the high-flying publicity agency Mills Paulson. Also starring Sophie Okonedo and Lydia Wilson, the queens of spin tackle celebrity messes, all while trying to keep their own scandalous behaviour off the front page. With big name guest stars including Sam Neill, Daniel Dae Kim and Jane Horrocks.
KEEPING FAITH COMPLETE SERIES ONE & TWO DVD
Broadchurch’s Eve Myles leads this gripping series as tenacious lawyer, wife and mother Faith Howells, whose life is turned upside down by the sudden disappearance of her husband. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery while juggling childcare and her struggling law firm, Faith finds herself delving into the murky underbelly of the quiet Welsh town she lives in. A third series of this nail-biting Welsh noir is due in 2021.
A PLACE TO CALL HOME COMPLETE SERIES 1-6 DVD
This sweeping romantic drama set in 1950s rural Australia follows the lives of Nurse Sarah Adams and the Blighs, a wealthy and complicated Pastoralist family living in Inverness, New South Wales where sex, death and secrets are never far below the surface. Marta Dusseldorp (Jack Irish) leads the cast as Sarah, a woman with a mysterious past who has returned to Australia after 20 years abroad.
THE FALL SERIES 1-3 DVD
Gillian Anderson stars as the formidable Superintendent Stella Gibson in this spine-chilling crime drama where she is tasked with tracking down dangerous serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan). As she gets to grips with his MO, he also gets to grips with hers, leading to a twisted game of cat and mouse as the pair circle each other, each pushed to the limit of how far they are willing to go to achieve their goals.
LINE OF DUTY SERIES 1-5 DVD
Lauded as ‘the king of the crime dramas’ by The Telegraph, the highly acclaimed, hit series Line of Duty – from award-winning Bodyguard scribe Jed Mercurio, had to halt filming of its sixth series earlier this year. In the nail-biting wait, why not return to AC-12 with Superintendent Ted Hastings (Adrian Dunbar), Detective Inspector Kate Fleming (Vicky McClure) and Detective Sergeant Steve Arnott (Martin Compston) as they tackle major cases of police corruption. With familiar faces and a stellar line up of guest stars, Line of Duty is the show everyone is talking about as they wait in anticipation for series six now due in 2021.
BROADCHURCH THE COMPLETE SERIES 1-3 (DVD & BLU-RAY)
DVD AV3350 Blu-ray AB2024
One of TVs greatest partnerships is between David Tennant and Olivia Colman in this genre-defining procedural. When Danny Latimer, an 11-year-old schoolboy, goes missing, his mother, Beth, frantically starts to search for him whilst her best friend, Ellie Miller, a local police officer, discovers she has a new boss - DI Alec Hardy. When Danny’s body is found and news of the crime spreads, a chain reaction starts which will put Broadchurch u nder a national spotlight pulling the town, its residents and its secrets apart. Series two and series three followed this story and other strands to a powerful conclusion. But at heart what we treasure are the exchanges between Hardy and Miller; unforgettable, and well worth revisiting.
THE GOOD LIFE COMPLETE SERIES 1-4 DVD
An unexpected guide to lockdown living, one of the best loved and best-selling sitcoms ever made: this is The Good Life. On his 40th birthday, Tom Good (Richard Briers) decides that he’s had enough of the rat race, and that he and his wife Barbara (Felicity Kendal) should become self-sufficient. Overnight they begin to convert their suburban garden into a farm, complete with crops, pigs and chickens, homemade beer and more. But their choice of lifestyle doesn’t exactly fit in with the neighbours... This box set features every episode along with the 1977 Christmas Special, and the 1978 Royal Command Performance.
TO THE MANOR BORN COMPLETE COLLECTION DVD
Audrey (Penelope Keith) mourns the death of her husband, but more importantly mourns his inability to handle his financial affairs. Forced to sell her beloved Grantleigh Manor, she is equally distressed to find it bought by upstart businessman Richard De Vere (Peter Bowles), a man with no concept of the history or the valued place of the Estate in the community. Audrey must roll her sleeves up. It’s time for the ex-Lady of the Manor to put the new Lord in his place – or vice versa. Let the battle of wits commence! All three series, the Christmas Special and the 25th Wedding Anniversary Special are brought together in one complete collector’s set. Incomparable riches await, as you are transported To The Manor Born.
ROSEMARY & THYME COMPLETE SERIES 1-3 DVD
This cosy mystery series follows gardening detectives Rosemary Boxer (Felicity Kendal) and Laura Thyme (Pam Ferris), who are brought together over a sudden death, and use their love of gardening to dig up key clues to solve crime cases. Pick up some tips for your lockdown garden with this bingeable box set.
BAD GIRLS COMPLETE SERIES 1-8 DVD
Lockdown might have felt like prison, but it’d be nothing the Bad Girls couldn’t handle. Set in a fictional South London women’s prison, this 1999- 2006 series unflinchingly tackles vital and controversial issues that face women in prison, alongside a ground-breaking lesbian love storyline. Nikki Wade (Mandana Jones) is serving life for murdering a policeman, and she begins to develop feelings for the Wing Governor Helen Stewart (Simone Lahbib).
INSPECTOR MONTALBANO COMPLETE COLLECTION 1-10 DVD
Drawing on the novels of acclaimed late Italian author Andrea Camilleri, Luca Zingaretti as Inspector Montalbano offers a sunny alternative to the dark world of Nordic Noir, introducing viewers to a Mediterranean detective with all the fine wine, dining and detective work that that implies. This collectable set is a must-have and a must-watch including a full 36 feature-length tales, including this year’s gorgeous Collection 10.
DOC MARTIN SERIES 1-9 DVD
Who wouldn’t have appreciated some of the doctor’s straight talking during the coronavirus crisis? Martin Clunes stars as everyone’s favourite curmudgeonly medic Doc Martin in this much-loved comedy drama. With a brusque bedside manner and a phobia of blood, he continues to treat and challenge the community of the idyllic hamlet of Portwenn in Cornwall. Following the announcement that 2021’s Series 10 will draw the series to a close, relive all your favourite moments with more than 50 hours of medical mayhem.
THE WINDSORS SERIES 1-3 PLUS CHRISTMAS & ROYAL WEDDING SPECIALS DVD
Who better to bring the country together in this time of need than The Windsors? This satirical sitcom takes us beyond the palace gates for a hilarious inside peek at the riotous royals to see what really goes on – from Megxit to yet more royal weddings, The Windsors is a right royal treat. Starring Harry Enfield, Haydn Gwynne and Hugh Skinner.
BABYLON BERLIN SERIES ONE - THREE DVD
This critically acclaimed, multi award winning hit German period drama follows a young police inspector uncovering a tangled web of corruption amongst the political, social and sexual extremes of the Weimar Republic. Based on the Gereon Rath Mysteries novels by Volker Kutscher, the series follows the ex-soldier as he is transferred to Berlin to investigate one of the city’s biggest pornography rings, together with stenotypist Charlotte and his partner Bruno. But their investigation uncovers an even greater conspiracy: Soviet rebels confronting the rise of Nationa l Socialism. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as the clock ticks inevitably towards crisis...
BLOOD SERIES ONE & TWO DVD
Addictive Irish crime drama Blood from acclaimed writer Sophie Petzal stars Line of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar as father Jim Hogan, who is placed under suspicion for the death of his wife. As their daughters return home for the funeral and the police begin to investigate, long buried family secrets come to the fore...who has Blood on their hands?
LONDON KILLS SERIES ONE & TWO DVD
Hit detective series from crime TV maestro Paul Marquess (The Bill, Suspects) follows DI David Bradford (Hugo Speer) as he leads an elite murder squad taking on the capital’s worst crimes. But his second in command DS Vivienne Cole (Sharon Small) and the team have their suspicions about their boss, and his involvement in the disappearance of his own wife... This nail-biter will have you on the edge of your seat.
THE BROKENWOOD MYSTERIES SERIES 1-6 DVD
Brokenwood, New Zealand: Population 5000 and declining – slowly – one by one, or two by two, depending on the murder rate that week. Four-times- divorced, country-music-loving, big city cop Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) is first brought in to solve the case of a dead farmer suspected of foul play, and never leaves...but there’s no rest for the wicked and the crimes keep on coming. Along with his by-the-book young partner Detective Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), Mike delves into the quaint community’s dark underbelly, where shadows lurk beneath the surface...
BULLETPROOF SERIES 1 AND 2 DVD
Acclaimed actor, writer and director Noel Clarke (Kidulthood, Star Trek: Into the Darkness) and chart-topping rapper turned respected actor Ashley Walters (Top Boy, Hustle), lead the high-octane action as two undercover buddy-cops tasked with bringing down the East End's toughest criminals in this Sky original series co-created by the pair. Ladies’ man Bishop and family man Pike’s unbreakable bond of brotherhood and brilliant banter give them an edge over the criminals they hunt...but the ghosts of their pasts are never far behind.
SAVE ME & SAVE ME TOO DVD
Lennie James pens and stars in gripping thriller Save Me and the follow up Save Me Too as desperate father Nelly, who will go to any lengths to find his missing 13-year-old daughter, even if it means getting in too deep with the dark underbelly of the East End. This unflinching London drama also stars British acting greats Stephen Graham, Suranne Jones, Jason Flemyng and Ade Edmondson.
MYSTERY ROAD SERIES ONE & TWO DVD
This spin-off series follows the multi-award-winning feature film of the same name, and stars Aaron Pedersen as hard-bitten indigenous detective Jay Swan who solves crimes and corruption in the outback, fighting both racism from white colleagues and mistrust from indigenous communities. Series
2 sees The Bridge star Sofia Helin take a trip down under as an archaeologist whose dig comes into conflict with local tribes, while a murder is being investigated in a nearby town. Will Jay dig up the truth?
DETECTORISTS 1-3 PLUS CHRISTMAS SPECIAL DVD
This complete box set contains series one to three, along with the additional episode which aired over Christmas 2015 of the BAFTA award-winning comedy series written by and starring Mackenzie Crook alongside Toby Jones, as two friends who share a devotion to metal detecting. With their eyes on a particular plot of land, they both dream of the one big find which would bring history to life and change their lives in the process. Discover some comedy gold with this hugely acclaimed series.
DEUTSCHLAND ‘83 & ‘86 DVD
This epic coming-of-age story is set against real events, culture wars and the political realities of Germany in the early 1980’s and sees Martin Rauch (Jonas Nay) as a spy at the centre of this suspenseful Cold War thriller. The series also features an era defining 1980’s pop soundtrack that hits all the right nostalgic buttons, including tunes like “99 Red Balloons”. Maria Schrader stars as the formidable Aunt Lenora who pushes Martin into becoming a reluctant spy, with international implications. Get ready for the third instalment Deutschland ‘89 to hit screens next year.
FOYLE’S WAR COMPLETE COLLECTION - REMASTERED DVD
This collectable box set features every episode of the acclaimed television series digitally remastered, along with a rich array of behind-the-scenes features, cast and crew interviews and so much more. Michael Kitchen is Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, a hard-working policeman in Hastings during the Second World War. Anxious to join the war effort, he has repeatedly had his applications turned down and has returned to the South Coast sidelined and frustrated; but it soon becomes apparent that his detective skills are vitally needed on the Home Front.
GEORGE GENTLY COMPLETE SERIES 1-8 DVD
The year is 1964. Inspector George Gently is known for his relentless pursuit of notorious gangsters in London – as well as the crooked cops that cover their tracks. But when his wife is murdered, deciding that he’s got one case left in him, Gently heads up to Northumberland to solve it, and then de cides to stay. Supported by young Detective Sergeant Bacchus, Gently is about to discover a whole new world of murder and intrigue in 1960’s Britain; a place where everything is about to change, but the past is always present. Starring Martin Shaw and Lee Ingleby, this complete collection contains every episode ever made, including the pilot.
TENKO COMPLETE SERIES 1-4 DVD
Based on real experiences, this harrowing drama follows the experiences of British, Australian and Dutch women who were captured after the Fall of Singapore in February 1942, after the Japanese invasion, and held in a fictional Japanese internment camp on a Japanese-occupied island between Singapore and Australia. Forgotten by the British War Office the women must learn to survive in awful conditions and find hope in each other.
WILD AT HEART COMPLETE BOX SET DVD
Set against a backdrop of the stunning scenery of the South African bush, this box set contains the complete Wild at Heart, the story of Danny Trevanion (Stephen Tompkinson), a widowed English vet, and his new extended family. This is a television drama series like no other. Colourful, adventurous, rich in dreams and possibilities, celebrating a way of life few can ever know but which can be enjoyed and experienced here – who wouldn’t want to live their life Wild at Heart.
AND DON’T FORGET – As popular now as ever in Complete TV DVD Box Sets:
• 800 Words
• Agatha Christie
• Boy Meets Girl
• Brush Strokes
• Dark Matter
• Dixon of Dock Green
• Footballers’ Wives
• Hetty Wainthropp Investigates • In The Club
• Indian Summers
• Jack Taylor
• Lynda La Plante’s Trial & Retribution • Midsomer Murders
• New Tricks
• The House of Eliott
• The Irish R.M.
• The Liver Birds
• The Missing
• When the Boat Comes In
• Z Cars
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