|Midsomer Murders: Set 21|
This Barnaby, the younger cousin of DCI Tom Barnaby (John Nettles), was introduced in last season's final episode, "Fit for Murder," when the elder cousin retired. In fitting Midsomer Murders fashion, there are murder cases to be solved soon after DCI John officially takes his post at Causton CID alongside DS Ben Jones (Jason Hughes) and Dr. Bullard (Barry Jackson).
After having watched Nettles' Barnaby for thirteen seasons, I thought it would be disconcerting to see another actor in the lead role. Now, after having watched "Death in the Slow Lane," I am pleased to say that I found Dudgeon's Barnaby to be quite likable and a good fit for the series.
The four episodes of Set 21 are only available for streaming on Acorn TV through December 9. To stream episodes from Seasons 1-13, head over to Netflix or Amazon Instant Video.
|Pie in the Sky: Complete Collection|
In a nutshell, Richard Griffiths (Harry Potter's Uncle Vernon) plays Henry Crabbe, a Detective Inspector who'd rather take early retirement and cook than solve any more cases. He's already on a leave of absence, due to an investigation regarding his being shot in the line of duty, but going off the force completely is out of the question as far as his superior officer, Assistant Chief Constable Freddy Fisher (Malcolm Sinclair), is concerned.
Despite this setback, Crabbe and his wife Margaret (Maggie Steed) open a restaurant, Pie in the Sky, where Crabbe cooks up traditional English dishes, of which steak and kidney pie is his signature dish. But all is not peaches and cream, as ACC Fisher seems to always have a case for which he requires Crabbe's help. (For more about Crabbe's steak and kidney pie and the program, check out the post "Pot Pie, British Style.")
Pie in the Sky is a witty, delightful, and dare I say delicious mystery series, and all 40 episodes are being streamed on Acorn TV through November 25.
|Misfits: Season One|
Here's what I'll say about the first episode of the new season: It does not disappoint. (What's a couple of psychopaths among juvenile delinquents?) If you haven't seen the show or need to catch up on missed episodes, Seasons 1-3 are also available on Hulu/Hulu Plus.
Stay dry, stay safe, and have a fab week!