Those of you that know me, also know that duct tape and heavy sedation would be required to take me back to my land of origin. There is little that I miss from growing up in England. About the biggest loss was access to some of the best programs on TV. This void has been filled by Acorn Media. These folks know their business.

Don Klees is the Vice President of Programming for Acorn and sat down with me to explain a little about the company and their existing and upcoming releases.

Brit TV is a strange beast, for the most part it is very similar to the US channels, mind numbing streams of pointless and boring programs. However, every so often a speck of gold turns up, a comedy, a drama, maybe a mystery.

Acorn are the experts at finding the Gold Dust, and while they may not be as well known as the BBC for retailing DVD’s in the US, they have a large advantage. Acorn can pull product from a wider production source. The BBC may be synonymous with quality TV programs that have endured the test of time, but the independent companies have also contributed greatly.

You can listen to our interview here. Get ready for the unexpected! Don and I talked about some of the products that are currently available, but also some of the great material coming soon.

I have reviewed quite a number of Acorn’s catalog, and I have yet to find an item that I was disappointed with.

To give you a quick roundup. Gordon Ramsay is probably best known to US audiences as the irascible chef running the reality series from Los Angeles where two teams fight for superiority over cooking. There is no doubt that Hells Kitchen was a huge success, but even more fun was Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares. This series began in England and featured Gordon while he ‘assisted’ troubled establishments. Ramsay is no ones fool, and this delightfully entertaining series shows him at his very best!

I also recently had the good fortune to stumble across a very fine ‘cop show’ The Last Detective. I am sure that I am not the only person that is fed up with the glitzy and glossy cop shows that fill our TV in prime time. The Last Detective is a whole different world, Dangerous Davies is viewed as an idiot by his fellow detectives, the very definition of ‘incompetence’. His personal and professional worlds offer little comfort. But Dangerous Davies has one thing going for him, he actually cares!

Many years ago I watched a Sci Fi show, I think it was initially aimed at the young adult audience. Children of The Stones was so well put together it became an instant hit with young and old alike. Set with Avesbury as its backdrop, this series far surpasses any program on TV today. The story line and the quality of production are so good, one wonders why they did it for TV and not a theatrical release.

You can listen to the entire interview with Don, we covered a lot of ground in our 30 minutes.

If you are looking for any additional information about any of the DVD’s we discussed Acorn has a web site.

Simon Barrett

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