Art historian Waldemar Januszczak journeys back in time to find answers about this overlooked period in art history. Traveling from Britain to North Africa, from Byzantium to Spain, he reveals the mysteries of early Christian art, Islam's mosques, and more, finding beauty and refinement where one might have expected destruction.
In this cleverly inspired twist on William Shakespeare's Hamlet, two of the outrageous supporting players take center stage for a dazzling game of illusion and reality that delivers one-of-a-kind entertainment! Winner of the prestigious Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion Award for Best Picture.
A two-time BAFTA Award nominee for Best Comedy, this gentle, wry series offers a perceptive look at the relationships between three generations of women. Widow Sarah (Prunella Scales, Fawlty Towers) shares her home with her demanding mother (Joan Sanderson, Me and My Girl) and rebellious teenage daughter (Janine Wood, Doctors), but sometimes having family close by is a mixed blessing.
Gary Sparrow (Nicholas Lyndhurst, New Tricks) is an ordinary bloke in 1990s Britain, married to the ambitious Yvonne and working as a TV repairman. Then his whole world changes when he stumbles upon a portal to WWII-era London and begins a dual life as an accidental time traveler in this cult favorite BBC sitcom.
Nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe, this epic miniseries tells the true story of Sidney Reilly, the legendary super-spy who inspired James Bond. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park, Peaky Blinders) stars as the suave Reilly, who spied for Britain against his native Russia in the early 1900s, even plotting to overthrow Lenin. Hugh Fraser (Poirot) and Leo McKern (Rumpole of the Bailey) also star.
David Suchet is a pitch-perfect Poirot in these gorgeously filmed adaptations of Agatha Christie's mysteries. The diminuitive detective cracks cases with a sharp mind, dry wit, and help from his friends, including Captain Hastings (Hugh Fraser, Sharpe), Inspector Japp (Philip Jackson, Boomers, The Good Karma Hospital), and Ariadne Oliver (Zoe Wanamaker, My Family, Mr. Selfridge).
Proper, demure, and sharp as a tack, Agatha Christie's spinster sleuth is brilliantly portrayed by Julia McKenzie in these charming period mysteries.
Agatha Christie's iconic mystery is brought to vivid life in this sumptuous adaptation featuring Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Toby Jones (Detectorists), Barbara Hershey (Black Swan), Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey), and more. David Suchet delivers another pitch-perfect performance as the iconic Belgian detective who solves a shocking murder on the luxurious train.
After a 10-year drought, tensions reach a breaking point in the small Australian farming town of Paringa when a mysterious disease begins to ravage the local sheep. Tough-minded veterinarian Kate McDonald (Rachel Ward, The Thorn Birds) struggles to save her community with the help of a feisty new assistant (Victoria Thaine, The Caterpillar Wish).
Packed with period atmosphere and playful banter, Partners in Crime follows Tommy and Tuppence Beresford as they mix marriage and mystery solving. Stars Francesca Annis and James Warwick. CC Available.
With humor, wisdom, animation, and gleeful nerdery, these short documentary films explore some of the fundamental fields that underpin the modern world. Top experts explain chance by skydiving, data through dairy cows, logic with kid computers, statistics via Google translation, and much more.
Don Hany (Underbelly) stars as Sam Callaghan an Australian expat and former army officer, who spent his childhood in a Singaporean prison camp in this HBO Asia Original. When Patricia Cheng (Joan Chen, Twin Peaks) seeks his help to keep her detective agency afloat following her husband's murder, Sam quickly becomes the man to call to get a job done. Not available in Canada.
In this fascinating documentary, historian and author Dr. Helen Castor (She-Wolves: England's Early Queens) examines how the people of the Middle Ages handled three of life's great rites of passage--birth, marriage, and death.
In this engaging documentary series, discover the history, culture, craftsmanship, and legacy of the beloved amber liquid from its origins in Scotland centuries ago to today's lucrative, multinational super industry.
In this "fine slice of working-class history" (Express, UK), the "Hairy Bikers"-professional cooks and travel buddies Si King and Dave Myers-journey all over Britain visiting the pubs, inns, and taverns that have been the site of some of history's most famous (and notorious) events, from the Great Fire of London to the Edinburgh haunts of body-snatchers Burke and Hare.
Mathematics forms the foundation for nearly everything we do-from finance to physics, and architecture to astronomy. Join Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy and a host of distinguished experts as they crisscross the globe, bringing the colorful history of numbers to life. Using compelling visuals and a healthy dose of humor, Du Sautoy makes the most complex concepts accessible and engaging.
Author M.R. James is renowned for his mastery of the ghost story, and these adaptations bring three of his most chilling tales to life. Star-studded ensemble casts include Oscar nominee John Hurt, Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones's Diary), Lesley Sharp (Scott & Bailey), Pip Torrens (Poldark, The Crown), Greg Wise (Homefront, The Crown), and Tom Burke (The Hour).
Clive Owen (Closer, Children of Men) stars as DCI Ross Tanner, a detective in the Specialist Elite Murder Unit with a potentially career-ending problem: his eyesight is rapidly fading. Tanner works diligently to protect the innocent-and his secret-in this riveting British drama. not available in Canada. CC Available.
Since the 1800s, hundreds of human skulls have been unearthed in London, one of the most intriguing mysteries of archeology. In this documentary, researchers, archaeologists and other specialists reveal their current research and possible explanations for how and why so many skulls have been discovered.
Top Gear's James May revisits the 20th century to discover how inventors and their innovations changed the way we live today. CC Available.
Historian and author Lucy Worsley (Empire of the Tsars, Henry VIII's Six Wives) presents this fascinating documentary about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's life in London as a child. During this productive time, Mozart composed his first symphony at eight years old.
Anthony Andrews (Brideshead Revisited) anchors this classic British series about a team of bomb disposal experts. Set during the Second World War, Andrews stars as Lieutenant Brian Ash, a member of the unexploded bomb (UXB) unit tasked with disarming and destroying thousands of potentially lethal ordnance. CC Available.
Edward Fox (Gandhi) and Cynthia Harris (Mad About You) star in this drama inspired by the romance that changed royal history. While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII met the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship caused furor in the palace and in Parliament, eventually leading to an abdication crisis.
Based on the beloved memoir by Elspeth Huxley, this BAFTA Award nominated drama stars Hayley Mills (Pollyanna, Wild at Heart), David Robb (I, Claudius), and Holly Aird (Waking the Dead) as a British family who relocate to British East Africa (now Kenya) in order to set up a coffee plantation.
Film, theatre, and television greats Sir Ian McKellan and Dame Judi Dench star in this Royal Shakespeare Company production filmed for TV. CC Available.
Throughout Afghanistan and Central Asia lie tantalizing traces of the ancient world. It was here, 2,300 years ago, that iconic hero Alexander the Great became the first European to rule the East. In this six-part series, photojournalist David Adams explores the footprints of this ancient world, today almost entirely erased. CC Available.
Stephen Fry hosts world's most impossible quiz show. QI (short for Quite Interesting) is a TV comedy panel game like no other, where points are given for interesting answers rather than correct ones. Features appearances by Alan Davies (Jonathan Creek), Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear), Bill Bailey (Black Books), and more.
**Leaving April 3** Patricia Hodge, James Fox, and John Standing star in this gripping docudrama about Margaret Thatcher and the British government's actions leading up to and during the conflict over the Falkland Islands in 1982. CC Available.
**Leaving April 2** Iconic British actress Penelope Keith (To the Manor Born) stars as Jean Price, a rookie politician recently elected as a member of Parliament for the left-wing Labour Party. Although she triumphed in the election, her real work begins when she has to learn to get along with her chauvinist fellow MPs while navigating the Machiavellian world of Westminster.
**Leaving April 2** Martin Clunes (Doc Martin) and Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty) star in this iconic Britcom about a pair of outrageous yet endearing flatmates who relish late night beers and rambling conversations. Hailed as a "superb chronicle of the sordid joys of bachelor existence" (Evening Standard), this beloved series co-stars Caroline Quentin (Blue Murder) and Leslie Ash (Where the Heart Is).
This saucy comedy follows a group of four hard-drinking Belfast expats living in London. Due to their fondness for a pint, Conor, Bronagh, Packy, and Niamh often find themselves in mortifying situations.
Historian Lucy Worsley (Six Wives, The Real Versailles) presents this fascinating documentary about the Romanovs, the all-powerful dynasty who ruled Russia for more than three centuries. Worsley offers an intriguing look at the stories of betrayal, scandal, and murder that helped define the modern world.
This series offers an intriguing behind-the-scenes peek at a British institution: the bed and breakfast. Four pairs of B&B owners take turns staying at one another's establishments, rating everything from furnishings to fry-ups, in a competition to determine who runs the best B&B.
This British comedy series stars Ben Miller (Death in Paradise, I Want My Wife Back) as whistleblower Dan Hern, a man forced to seek asylum in the El Rican embassy after leaking sensitive information about CIA cover ups. Once an international cause celebre, a year trapped in the embassy has left Hern fading into obscurity and desperately bored.
Narrated by Rupert Everett (My Best Friend's Wedding), this documentary takes a behind-the-scenes look at one of the world's most eminent and unique culinary establishments. Follow The Ivy's charismatic director and his outspoken chef as they undertake an extraordinary renovation and allow camera crews into the restaurant for the first time in its history.
Harry Perkins is a radically left-wing politician who wins a general election to become Prime Minister. Despite his popularity with the public, Harry soon realizes that everyone--from the media and the civil service, to the armed forces and the Americans--wants to stop his radical policies. "A startlingly prescient, first-class governmental drama" (The Guardian, UK).
David Tennant, Peter O'Toole, and Rose Byrne star in this miniseries that follows the world's most notorious lothario from the streets of Venice to the salons of pre-revolution Paris, and on to the London court of George III.
These two adaptations tell the story of one of the UK's most infamous crimes: the murder of an aristocratic family's nanny, and the subsequent disappearance of the prime suspect--John Bingham, the 7th Earl of Lucan. Lucan stars Rory Kinnear (Penny Dreadful), Christopher Eccleston (Doctor Who), and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter).
Based on the bestselling novel by Joanna Trollope. Vivacious heiress Clodagh Unwin returns to England from New York City and befriends a couple new to her village. The husband is entranced by the young aristocrat, but Clodagh has eyes for someone else: his wife, Alice.
Available until October 31. This three-part series follows Martin Clunes as he explores some of the thousand or so islands that surround the coast of Britain. CC Available.
Daughter of notorious poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace was the world's first computer programmer. Mathematician Hannah Fry explores her extraordinary life and how her imagination and rational logic made her a prophet for our digital age. CC Available.
Our lives are touched by algorithms every day--they guide a surgeons hand, build works of art, and let us search the Internet. Mathematician Marcus du Sautoy (The Story of Math) explains how algorithms work and shows their extraordinary impact on our everyday lives. CC Available.
Dr. Amanda Foreman's fascinating series traverses countries and continents, visiting archaeological sites to uncover key stories of women that have made and changed human history from 10,000 BCE to the present day.
Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) and Sam Neill (Jurassic Park) star in this epic miniseries about a journey of ruthless ambition, elusive love, and tragic misadventure, based on the award-winning sea trilogy by Nobel Laureate William Golding (Lord of the Flies).CC Available.
Christopher Lee (The Lord of the Rings) and Patrick MacNee (The Avengers) star as the perennial favorite detectives Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in a series of suspenseful and gripping mysteries. CC Available.
Beloved actress Geraldine McEwan (Agatha Christie's Marple) stars as imperious, unorthodox teacher Jean Brodie in this drama adapted from the novel by Muriel Spark. The series tells the story of an educator's effect on impressionable young ladies at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls in Edinburgh, revealing the challenges they face growing up in 1930s Scotland.
Learn the true story of the ups and downs of the creation of Britain's beloved series Coronation Street in this drama starring David Dawson (The Last Kingdom, Ripper Street). Set in 1960s Manchester at offices of Granada Studios, young writer Tony Warren dreams of a unique TV program about working-class people, but he must overcome many obstacles to bring his idea to life. CC Available. The Road to Coronation Street leaves Acorn.tv on Saturday, 03/31/2018.
In 1936, the British Empire was flung into a constitutional crisis when King-Emperor Edward VIII proposed to marry Wallis Simpson, an American socialite. Wallis and Edward portrays the shocking and epic romance of the man who would give up the world for the woman he loved. Starring Joely Richardson (The Tudors, Nip/Tuck). Wallis and Edward leaves Acorn.tv on Wednesday, 03/28/2018.
43-year-old advertising copywriter and hypochondriac Phil MacNaughton doesn't think it's anything serious when he feels a lump in his groin. But a specialist diagnoses it as a tumor, and Phil tries to live life as usual, even as pressure builds at home and at work.
Princess Margaret was the original wild-child of the modern British monarchy, a royal characterized by glamour, controversy, and heartbreak. This vibrant biopic puts Margaret's colorful, complicated, and controversial character under the microscope to reveal an astonishing life.
Available until 12/31. In this Finnish-language drama, drug squad criminal investigator Oskari Autio has a past he's kept hidden-until the mother of his child and former drug addict, Krista, shows up on his doorstep after 16 years. To avoid prison time, Krista becomes Oskari's criminal informant to feed information about new traffickers who are importing cocaine. CC Available.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 02/01/2017. Best-selling crime writer Ruth Rendell explores the motives for murder across England's many landscapes, from rock-strewn moors to suburban estates.
This 12-part series explores the development of photography from its beginnings to more recent times. CC Available.
Available until December 4. FOR MATURE AUDIENCES. Raised in a den of petty thieves, an orphan agrees to help a con man defraud and betray an heiress. Plans change when the two women fall in love with each other. CC Available.
Available until October 31. In this riveting Romanian thriller that aired on HBO Europe, Relu Oncescu appears to be an ordinary taxi driver with a wife and two children. Driving a cab isn't his only source of income, though: Oncescu also works as a debt collector for a local mafia boss. Over eight gripping episodes, Oncescu's double life threatens to destroy everything he holds dear. CC Available. An Eastern European Sopranos' --The New York Times
Available until October 31. Martin Clunes travels the world to unlock the secrets of man's partnership with horses in Horsepower, a two-part documentary series that takes him from remotest Mongolia to the deserts of Arabia; to see the enigmatic wild Mustangs in Nevada, and watch the thrills and spills of rodeo in Las Vegas. CC Available.
Available until October 31. Martin Clunes stars as former pop-star turned con artist Simon Delancey, who is kidnapped by two fans of his eighties band, the Venus Hunters, and blackmailed to re-form the band for one final show. CC Available.
Available until October 31. Martin Clunes garnered critical accolades for his portrayal of John George Haigh, the notorious Acid Bath Murderer who stalked 1940s London. Clunes is joined by Keeley Hawes (The Casual Vacancy) and Richard Hope (Poldark) in this TV movie hailed as "superior viewing" (Manchester Evening News). CC Available.
Available until September 30. Go inside the world of international kidnapping with a man who will do anything to bring victims home. Master negotiator Dominic King draws ire from the British Foreign Office with his risky, unconventional tactics, but he gets results. CC Available.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 02/01/2017. Fitz is a drunkard, a gambler, a boor, and a brilliant criminologist in this smart, gritty television series. CC Available.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 02/01/2017. Meet A.J. Raffles (Anthony Valentine (Callan, The Commander), a gentleman of leisure and a first-class cricketer. But when he's not dining at his club or taking wickets for England, he's often engaged in his other favorite activity-relieving the wealth of their riches.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 02/01/2017. Set in the Roaring '20s, the Grand hotel is a nexus for schemes, scandals, romance, and intrigue among guests and staff members alike. CC Available.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 02/01/2017.Eyes twinkling behind his spectacles, Kenneth More is G.K. Chesterton's wily detective in this classic British series. CC Available.
Michael Kitchen (Foyle's War) and Caroline Catz star in a tense British drama where lives intertwine and everyone is guilty of something.
Adapted from the novel by Evelyn Waugh, it hasn't lost any of its power to seduce and enchant. CC Available.
Based on the 1934 novel by Evelyn Waugh, Tony Last is a country gentleman living in his ancestral home with his wife Brenda and their young son.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 11/1/2016. Dr. Gabriel Monroe (James Nesbitt) is a neurosurgical genius with a quick wit and a heart to match his titanic ego. CC Available.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 11/1/2016. Based on the 18th century novel by Daniel Defoe, award winning writer Andrew Davies tells the story of the notorious Moll Flanders who survives on seduction, cunning and wit. CC Available.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 9/4/2016. Bertie, the immensely eligible dandy with fluff where his brain should be, and Jeeves, the gentleman's gentleman, whose mighty intellect is entirely devoted to getting his young master out of scrapes and keeping him out of the clutches of prospective brides. CC Available.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 8/7/2016. The unique Spanish city of Seville is the exquisite backdrop for this high-octane drama based on acclaimed crime writer Robert Wilson's series of bestselling novels featuring flawed hero Javier Falcon. CC Available.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS SERIES WILL NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE AFTER 8/31/2016. Meet Dirk Gently. He's poorly dressed, perpetually insolvent...and uncommonly good at solving mysteries. CC Available.