Stephen Fry’s ‘Kingdom’

(Above: Karl Davies, Stephen Fry and Celia Imrie in ‘Kingdom.’ Source: British Comedy Guide)

This Monday, May 20, streamer Acorn TV will add all three seasons of the British comedy/drama Kingdom, starring Stephen Fry as Peter Kingdom, a solicitor who runs a legal practice in the fictional small town of Market Shipborough.

The show, which totaled 18 episodes over three seasons (2007-2009), presents cases involving the eccentric locals, as well as an ongoing mystery involving the presumed suicide of Peter’s half-brother Simon (Dominic Mafham). Peter lives with his half-sister Beatrice (Hermione Norris), and is assisted in his law practice by Lyle Anderson (Karl Davies), a trainee solicitor, and legal secretary Gloria Millington (Celia Imrie). Below is an original series promo:

Fans of the original British version of Whose Line Is It Anyway (1988-1998) will also recognize improvisational comedian Tony Slattery, who plays unkempt crackpot Sidney Snell, a frequent Kingdom client who has a habit of suing the local council.

You can also stream Kingdom on Hulu. If you subscribe to neither Acorn TV nor Hulu, though, you’re in luck. All three seasons are also available for free, with ads, on Tubi.

Also, on May 20, Acorn TV will add a 2006 production of the romantic drama Wide Sargasso Sea, based on the 1966 novel Jean Rhys wrote as a prequel to Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. In this story, in 1830s Jamaica, Creole heiress Antoinette’s (Rebecca Hall) loving marriage to Englishman Edward Rochester (Rafe Spall) sinks into suspicion and betrayal. Meanwhile, the infamous madwoman in the attic gets to tell her story.

Acorn TV costs $4.99 monthly or $49.99 for a year, with a seven-day free trial. For more info, visit Acorn.tv.

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