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WELCOME TO RIPPER STREET

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • January 17, 2013 1:00 AM
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Guest review by Darwyn Carson - Suffering from "Copper" withdrawal yet? No worries. "Ripper Street" is more than enough to keep BBC America drama lovers ecstatic until Corky pummels his way back to our TV sets.

Boardwalk Empire Redux

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • September 15, 2012 1:00 AM
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Summer is over and we return to Atlantic City by way of 'Boardwalk Empire', now in its third season. Either my life is getting duller or this show is getting better with each passing year, as I’ve been anxiously awaiting its return.

A Shiny New 'Copper' From BBC America

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • August 18, 2012 1:59 AM
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Guest Review by Darwyn Carson - Here’s the bulletin: A tough new detective, circa 1864, is coming to our airwaves. Tom Weston-Jones stars in BBC America’s, primetime original drama 'Copper', premiering Sunday, August 19th. Set your DVR’s for 10pm. Do it now. There are ten episodes and you won’t want to miss any one of them.

Revisiting History: Booker’s Place

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • May 1, 2012 1:00 AM
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So many documentaries come out every year that it isn’t possible to keep up with them all. I watched 'Booker’s Place' (now open theatrically in New York and Los Angeles, and available nationwide On Demand) because I admire its director, Raymond De Felitta, who most recently gave us the piquantly original comedy 'City Island'. And I’m awfully glad I did.

Wartime Britain – Three Complete Dramas on DVD

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • February 6, 2012 1:00 AM
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Stories inspired by real-life events of World War Two continue to inspire dramatists and filmmakers, especially in the UK…and I never tire of watching them. Here are three solid examples recently released as a boxed DVD set by Acorn Media.

Acorn TV Expands Streaming Service

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • January 4, 2012 1:56 AM
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Guest Review by Darwyn Carson - Good news all! Acorn Media Group, the first company to provide live streaming of the best in classic and contemporary British television, recently expanded the service, which launched in July of 2011 with a roster of six series and 40 hours of programming online at any given time. Now viewers have complete episodes of 10 series and 60 hours of programming accessible. There’s so much material—a lot of it never seen before in the States. Two new shows are rotated in weekly...

The Last Detective and The Commander On DVD (Acorn Media)

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • December 29, 2011 2:05 AM
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Guest review by Darwyn Carson - Right off, I admit there's a soft spot in my heart for British-produced mysteries and dramas. 'The Last Detective' is right at the top of my fav's list. This lighthearted BBC TV-fare, based on the 'Dangerous Davies' novels by Leslie Thomas, escaped my attention until last year after Acorn released season four on DVD. I watched it all one weekend and wanted

Addictive British Mysteries—dvd reviews

  • By Alice Maltin
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  • November 28, 2011 1:00 AM
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I love a good mystery and this DVD set includes a number of stories I’ve never seen. While we are all familiar with the adventures of Agatha Christie’s famous crime-solving characters, Miss Jane Marple and Hercule Poirot, the real “find” here is 'Tommy & Tuppence, Partners In Crime'.

A Classic is Born...on Masterpiece Contemporary

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • November 6, 2011 2:03 AM
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Guest Review by Darwyn Carson - Masterpiece Contemporary raises the bar with the tightly woven political thriller, "Page Eight" by writer-director David Hare.

guest dvd review: Detective Work North of the Border

  • By Darwyn Carson
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  • July 12, 2011 2:27 AM
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Guest Review by Darwyn Carson - Murdoch storylines, mixing equal parts historical fact and plausible fantasy, are structured around cases which inevitably employ some newfangled invention in the solving of the crimes.

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