~I received access to Acorn TV for the purpose of this review. Opinions and stories are my own.~
I am one of those women that are clearly a little too obsessed with period piece dramas; so it shouldn’t come as any surprise that I was pretty excited to share Acorn TV’s Mother’s Day Movie Marathon. For those of you that may not know, Acorn TV is a exclusive streaming portal for the best British TV in North America and also happens to be on Roku. Whether you love the drama of shows like Upstairs/Downstairs or mysteries interlaced with dark humor such as Midsomer Murders, there is a little something for everyone.
I was personally extremely excited to find the channel because it had Midsomer Murders. It is one of my favorite shows that I couldn’t find anywhere! Since it had been going on a long time and I have this little bit of a complex with starting from the beginning of things, I didn’t feel like purchasing dozens of DVDs; so I tried to check it out of the library and found myself on a waiting list with hundreds of other people. Needless to say I fell over myself when I found Acorn TV had every episode. It even added Midsomer Murders, Set 24 this past Monday!
But let’s get back to Mother’s Day shall we!
The line-up for Mother’s Day includes:
- Jane Austen’s Emma – Kate Beckinsale is Emma, a well-bred young lady who spends her time arranging what she sees as suitable matches. When she befriends Harriet Smith (Samantha Morton), she sees the timid young woman as the perfect beneficiary of her efforts. But the matchmaking sets off a chain of misunderstandings and mix-ups that challenges Emma’s assumptions and draws her own heart into the fray.
- Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre – Orphaned as a child, a determined Jane Eyre (Samantha Morton) struggles through hardship and brutality to gain an education. Hungry for adventure, she takes a job as a governess at the sprawling Thornfield Hall, where the master is the harsh, enigmatic Mr. Rochester (Ciarn Hinds). Despite his brooding ways, Jane finds herself falling in love – but something stalks the halls of Thornfield that threatens to destroy any happiness they might find together.
- The Woman in White – Artist Walter Hartright (Andrew Lincoln) comes to Limmeridge House to instruct wealthy half-sisters Marian (Tara Fitzgerald) and Laura Fairlie (Justine Waddell). Their peaceful lives are marred by a strange woman dressed in white, who brings disturbing warnings to the family. When Laura announces her engagement to the dashing Sir Percival Glyde (James Wilby), it seems the darkness haunting them is lifting. But new dangers lurk closer than ever, and the only hope for averting disaster lies with the secret held by the woman in white.
- Lorna Doone – John Ridd was just a boy when the villainous Doones murdered his father. Now a young man, John has two driving passions: his thirst for revenge against the outlaw Doones, and his love for the beautiful Lorna, daughter of his sworn enemies.
You can visit Acorn TV and set up a 30 Day Free Trial and start watching, or pick it up in the Channel Shop on Roku! The Mother’s Day Movie Marathon opened on May 5th and will continue until after Mother’s Day. Let us know, are you going to watch?