If you read my columns about books, you’ve figured out I’m addicted to mysteries, especially British mysteries. Is it any wonder then that I’m also addicted to BBC shows? My first exposure to the BBC came via PBS and PBA here in Atlanta. Thank goodness for the ability to tape my favorites.
Inspector Lewis and now Endeavor are high on my list. I mourned Foyle’s War when it ended. Believe it or not, it was written by Anthony Horowitz, the British author of bestsellers like “Magpie Murders,” “The House of Silk,” and “The Word is Murder.” Just last week, I stumbled across another show written by Horowitz, New Blood. In googling Horowitz to write this column, I discovered he wrote the first twelve seasons of “Midsomer Murders,” another favorite show.
“Midsomer Murders,” now in season 22, is a light-hearted crime show if multiple murders per episode can be considered light-hearted. It’s based on the novels of Caroline Graham, and I did read some of those years ago, but I wasn’t as hooked on the books as I am on the television show. The running joke about Midsomer is how there can be anyone left alive in the area with at least two-three murders per show.
Because PBA repeats Midsomer episodes so frequently, I couldn’t get enough new shows to satisfy my craving. The same thing happened when they started running “Vera,”another series based on books by a British author Ann Cleeves. My addiction to these two shows led to my investing in a subscription to Britbox. Many of my friends have Netflix, which I might also enjoy, but it was the allure of British shows that convinced me to go with Britbox. And, of course, I had to weigh Acorn against Britbox. It pretty much came down to a toss of a coin. You can’t get it all on either one. Before long, I may have to get Acorn too.
For example, we started watching “A Touch of Frost,” featuring a curmudgeonly detective. We watched show after show on Britbox only to discover that to see the rest of the seasons, we’d need a subscription to — you guessed it —A corn. The same thing happened with “Vera.”
My husband and I are currently addicted to “Dalziel and Pascoe,” a series I’d never heard of until we subscribed to Britbox. Dalziel is another curmudgeon, somewhat crude in his habits yet most-often dressed in a double-breasted suit. I was surprised to find the series is based on books by Reginald Hill, a British author whose books I tried but never could get into. The television series is somehow better.
“Wycliffe,” set in Cornwall, is another favorite of mine, but my husband doesn’t like it as well. It’s based on the works of W. J. Burley. I’d like to watch more of the early Morse series, but again my husband isn’t quite as enamored of the show as I am.
On Amazon Prime, I found “Silent Witness,” a show focused on a team of forensic pathology experts. Again, we ran out of episodes on Prime and were happy they were available on BritBox.
If you’re an Anglophile like I am, maybe I’ve whetted your appetite for this streaming service. If you prefer plain old American shows, I suggest “Bosch” on Prime. Yes, we’re addicted to that too!
Author Kathy Manos Penn is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her cozy mysteries at the Enchanted Forest and on Amazon. Contact her at email@example.com.