Only five weeks until Christmas! How is your Christmas shopping going?
To make it a bit easier for you, here’s a selection of some of the latest DVD box sets from Acorn Media – a mix of drama and comedy, classics and brand new. If you like somebody who likes to binge watch, these are perfect, and, unlike a download, these can be wrapped, put under the tree and enjoyed over and over again.
1. Line Of Duty Series 1-4 DVD £44.99rrp
“You know where you are with Line of Duty: blindfolded and speeding round a labyrinth” said the Daily Telegraph. Hot on the heels of Bodyguard’s success, writer Jed Mecurio is cooking up more red herrings for us in Line of Duty Series 5, due to air in 2019. In the meantime why not catch up on the rollercoaster that is the first four series? Great writing, acting and direction makes Line of Duty 1 – 4 a hugely exciting release.
2. The Windsors Series 1-2 plus Christmas & Wedding Specials DVD £24.99rrp
An outrageous comedy series imagining the royal family as you’ve never seen them before. The action finishes with Harry and Meghan’s May nuptials, but the Windsors are divided: Prince Charles (Harry Enfield) wants his son Wills (Hugh Skinner) to show a more regal detachment, but Wills wants to fly the air ambulance and mingle with the people. Kate (Louise Ford) is trying to find acceptance in the royal family, and Camilla (Haydn Gwynne), alarmed at Wills and Kate’s popularity, is plotting to destroy them. Laugh-out-loud funny and perfect to follow The Queen’s Speech.
3. Detectorists 1-3 plus Christmas Special DVD £39.99rrp
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.
4. Our Girl Complete Series One to Three DVD £49.99rrp
One of the most successful primetime dramas on BBC One, this powerful series charts the gripping highs and lows of female British Army medics. Series One features EastEnders’ star Lacey Turner as the eponymous Our Girl and grabbed the attention of an audience hungry for a strong female lead. Series Two and Three sees Coronation Street favourite Michelle Keegan in the starring role. This action-packed, intense, exciting series has garnered a huge fan base. Catch up on all the action on the front line.
5. Versailles Complete Series 1-3 DVD £39.99rrp
Versailles, 1667. Louis XIV in a Machiavellian political move in his 28th year decides to make the nobility submit to his will by imposing a move of the court from Paris to Versailles, his father’s former hunting lodge. Trapped by their king’s “invitation”, the nobles of Paris gradually come to see the castle as a gilded prison and soon even his most humble courtiers begin to show their viciousness and danger threatens the kingdom, even so far as the court of Versailles into which a deadly poison seeps.
6. Marcella Complete Series One & Two DVD £34.99rrp
Marcella, starring Anna Friel in the title role, returned to our screens in 2018 and was as compelling and shocking as ever. This multi-stranded 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.
7. Plebs Complete Series One to Four DVD £39.99rrp
Plebs follows three desperate young men from the suburbs as they try to get laid, hold down jobs and climb the social ladder in the big city… of Ancient Rome! Tom Rosenthal, Joel Fry and Ryan Sampson star. Also featuring cameos including Danny Dyer, from orgy etiquette to being bashful down the bathhouse, this is Ancient Rome like you’ve never seen before. This Christmas make sure you invite these men behaving badly into your home.
8. Delicious Complete Series One & Two DVD £29.99rrp
Soon to be back on Sky1 for a third series, now is the perfect time to see why Delicious is so moreish. Passionate cook Gina (Dawn French) was once married to Leo Vincent (Iain Glen), a successful entrepreneur, chef and hotel owner in Cornwall. Leo owes much of his success to Gina’s exceptional cooking, but since leaving her for the glamorous Sam (Emilia Fox), his business has continued to thrive. When Sam has suspicions that Leo is having an affair, she confides in Gina but the secrets and scandals that spill out are proof that sleeping with another woman’s husband is never a good idea even if he was your husband first.
9. Striking Out Complete Series One & Two £34.99rrp
Amy Huberman (Cold Feet) stars as Dublin-based solicitor Tara Rafferty who leaves her hen night early and makes a discovery that turns her world upside down. Leaving her fiancé Eric and his family’s law firm, she sets out on her own with the help of an unlikely team of misfits, takes on a series of cases that often put her on the opposing side to her lawyer ex. And as allegiances change who can she trust? Also starring Neil Morrissey (Line of Duty), this gripping box set features all ten episodes from both Series One and Two, as well as behind the scenes cast and crew interviews.
10. The Rosamunde Pilcher Collection DVD £39.99rrp
This wonderful collection contains The Shell Seekers, Four Seasons, Winter & Summer Solstice, Coming Home, September and Nancherrow and makes a super gift for the romantic in your life.
11. The Bletchley Circle Series One & Two DVD £24.99rrp
A group of female World War II codebreakers attempt to utilise their skills in their post-war lives. 2018 has seen a Bletchley Circle reboot as our heroines travel to San Francisco for more sleuthing but this is where it all began. When Susan (Anna Maxwell Martin) reads about a serial killer who has been luring young women to their deaths, she enlists her former Bletchley Park colleagues to assist her find the murderer. In the second series a Bletchley Park graduate is imprisoned under a murder charge. Jean (Julie Graham), Lucy (Sophie Rundle), Susan (Maxwell Martin) and Millie (Rachael Stirling) reunite in the hope of proving their friend’s innocence.
12. The Brokenwood Mysteries Series 1-4 DVD £49.99rrp
“A New Zealand Midsomer Murders” wrote the Guardian. The show follows Detective Inspector Mike Shepherd (Neill Rea) as he leaves Auckland to investigate a murder in the fictional, rural town of Brokenwood. There, he is assisted by Detective Constable Kristin Sims (Fern Sutherland), who he regularly clashes with over his unconventional crime-solving techniques.
13. Broadchurch 1-3 DVD £44.99rrp Blu-ray £49.99rrp
The third and final series broadcast earlier this year, ending one of TVs greatest partnerships in David Tennant and Olivia Colman. 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 under 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 of Hardy and Miller; unforgettable, and well worth revisiting.
14. Bad Girls Complete DVD £59.99rrp
Before orange was the new black, this highly acclaimed, original and controversial drama explored the never-ending conflict that occurs between the prisoners and the men and women who are paid to lock them up. This 18–disc complete collection contains every episode from all eight series.
15. The Tunnel Complete Series 1-3 DVD £44.99rrp
The Tunnel aired its final ever episode at the beginning of 2018 and now this emotionally-charged, critically acclaimed thriller starring Stephen Dillane in his Emmy award-winning role as British Detective Karl Roebuck alongside Clémence Poésy as the French Detective Elise Wassermann, can be seen in its full three series glory with this bumper box set. This compelling and deeply disturbing drama sees the dynamic pair facing murders, kidnappings and personal tragedies together across the channel divide and had viewers hooked from the very beginning. Heat said, “Stylish and edgy with an added sense of post-Brexit topicality…makes for a gripping binge-watch”.
16. The Good Life Complete Series 1-4 DVD £34.99rrp
Consistently one of the best loved and best-selling sitcoms ever made. Tom and Barbara Good give up the rat race and start living a life of self-sufficiency in the suburbs, complete with chicken and pigs in their garden (to the shock to their very proper neighbour Margo Leadbetter and her long-suffering husband Jerry)– featuring every episode along with the 1977 Christmas Special, and the 1978 Royal Command Performance.
17. A Place To Call Home Series 1-5 DVD £44.99rrp
A Place to Call Home is a sweeping romantic drama set in 1950s rural Australia following 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 Adams, a woman with a mysterious past who has returned to Australia after 20 years abroad.
18. Inspector Montalbano Series 1-8 DVD £99.99rrp
Drawing on the novels of acclaimed Italian author Andrea Camilleri, Luca Zingaretti as Inspector Montalbano destabilised 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 collection is a must-have and a must-watch including, as it does, a full 26 feature-length tales.
19. Grantchester Series 1-3 DVD £39.99rrp
It’s 1953 and Sidney Chambers (James Norton), is vicar of Grantchester, a village just outside Cambridge. Sidney’s is a quiet life. Or at least, it has been – right up until the moment that murder comes his way. In Series One Sidney is pushed in the dangerous world of lies, betrayal and murder and quickly finds that he excels in his new life. This DVD set includes all three series and the 2016 Christmas Special as well as a host of bonus features.
20. The Complete Foyle’s War DVD £129.99rrp
With 28 feature-length films adding up to over 45 hours on 17 discs, this is the complete Foyle’s War featuring every episode ever made. Michael Kitchen is Detective Chief Superintendent Foyle, a hardworking, 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 side-lined and frustrated; but it soon becomes apparent that his detective skills are vitally needed.