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David Suchet has been playing Belgian detective Hercule Poirot since 1989. After a 13-season run, Poirot, the mystery series based on Agatha Christie’s novels, has come to an end. The series is now on Acorn TV, streaming online. David Bianculli reflects on the long-running show:

But since these are, absolutely, the last TV episodes featuring Suchet as Poirot, they do provide a satisfying conclusion to a very long-running viewing experience. The actor has grown into the role, sporting wrinkles to match the wisdom, and perfecting the twinkle in his eye whenever, as the detective himself would put it, Poirot has finally solved the case as only Poirot can. And think of it: The actors of the current movie Boyhood have gotten lots of praise for filming and playing their roles over a 12-year period. David Suchet, as Hercule Poirot, has done the same thing for twice as long.

He’s done it so long, in fact, that he’s ending his run on a medium that didn’t even exist when he started. Wrap your little grey cells around that…

Verizon to Let You Pay Only for the Channels You Want

Verizon to Let You Pay Only for the Channels You Want

Verizon is planning on launching an Internet TV service that let’s you pay only for the channels you want.

Verizon is finally putting the customer first. The company is planning on launching its Internet-based TV service that can be watched on mobile devices in the last half of 2015.

In a Goldman Sachs investor conference, Verizon’s CEO Lowell McAdam revealed his plans for the new cable service.

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I just received this email from Acorn (with personal info subtly removed.) “Due to an overwhelming demand, the item listed below is out of stock” before it’s even been released! The release date keeps moving around, so I don’t know why they sent out an email right now, but this has to be good news regarding the show’s popularity, right?
Acorn TV - Jamaica Inn | The best British TV streaming on demand, commercial free.

Based on the beloved gothic novel by Daphne Du Maurier, Jamaica Inn follows Mary Yellan, an orphan sent to the rugged coast of Cornwall to live with her aunt. Arriving at the isolated Jamaica Inn, Mary is met by a brutish, menacing man-her uncle, Joss. She soon learns that no guests stay at the inn, and Joss is part of a savage gang of smugglers. Meanwhile, she’s drawn to the handsome, mysterious Jem Merlyn, Joss’s younger brother. CC Available.

For any of my fellow American followers who have been waiting for “Jamaica Inn” (starring Jessica Brown Findlay) to hit your screens on this side of the pond, wait no more!

Acorn TV is a streaming network that features many British, Irish, and Australian programs, and starting Monday, March 16, they will begin streaming “Jamaica Inn”

YOU CAN SIGN UP FOR *FREE*! The network offers a 30 day free trial; sign up to watch “Jamaica Inn” and other programs (like “Miss Fischer’s Murder Mysteries”, and “The Hour”),  then if you so wish, cancel your subscription before your 30 day trial ends (otherwise it’s $4.99 a month after that–but depending on what you’re interested in watching, maybe you’ll want to keep your subscription!)

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The Best Thing I Watched Last Week: Chasing Shadows

The Best Thing I Watched Last Week: Chasing Shadows

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Noel Clarke, Alex Kingston and Reece Shearsmith crack missing persons’ cases in Chasing Shadowsimage credit ITV Studios   The best thing I watched this past week is an ITV-produced crime drama called Chasing Shadows.  You and I both know shows of this genre are a dime a dozen. A good and proper mystery must have compelling cases, a red herring or two and the resolution must be surprising, but not…

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So, if there are any unfortunate Americans (or Brits or whatever) who have been unable to find much of Phyllis Logan’s work, there’s a lovely channel on YouTube called AcornTV that allows you to subscribe for $4.99 a month and there are several of her TV appearances there, INCLUDING her episode in Midsomer Murders, which I have been DYING to see.  Plus others.  If you don’t have the $4.99 a month, there’s a 14 day free trial, just cancel before it charges you! :D  

This is where I’d insert the dancing Mrs. Hughes gif but I can’t find it and I’m too excited to look for it so forget it.
Acorn TV's New Miniseries - Jamaica Inn - Makes Its US Debut on Monday, March 16, 2015

Following the U.S. Premieres of the final season of Foyle’s War and Jamie Dornan’s epic period drama New Worlds, Acorn TV will feature the U.S. debut of Jamaica Inn beginning March 16, 2015. Adapted from Daphne du Maurier’s acclaimed gothic novel, the three-part BBC period drama will premiere on consecutive Mondays (Mar. 16, Mar. 23, and Mar. 30) on Acorn TV, the premier British TV streaming service in North America from RLJ Entertainment (Nasdaq:RLJE). Set in 1821 against a backdrop of windswept Cornish moors, Jamaica Inn tells the story of a woman forced to live with a group of smugglers after her mother dies. Lavishly directed by BAFTA winner Philippa Lowthorpe (Call the Midwife) and adapted by Emma Frost (The White Queen), Jamaica Inn stars Jessica Brown Findlay (Lady Sybil Bransonon Downton Abbey), Matthew McNulty (The Paradise, The Syndicate), Ben Daniels (House of Cards), Joanne Whalley (The Borgias, Gossip Girl, Singing Detective), Shirley Henderson (Harry Potter), and Sean Harris (The Borgias, Mission Impossible 5).