Three series – two love stories (A Suitable Boy, Nothing Trivial) and a docuseries imagining 19th century English farm life (Victorian Farm) – debut today, December 7, on Acorn TV.
A Suitable Boy
A Suitable Boy, which takes place in North India during the 1950s, is the tale of young love set against the epic backdrop of the nation’s first post-Partition democratic general election.
Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala) is a 19-year-old university student whose life seems predetermined by tradition and a would-be matchmaking mother (Mahira Kakkar). Lata, however, wants to chart her own course. Meanwhile, fun-loving Maan (Ishaan Khatter) falls for a glamorous courtesan Saaeda Bai (Tabu), and the results could be disastrous.
Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) directed the six-episode series, which first aired on BBC One. Sanditon and Mr. Selfridge writer Andrew Davies adapted Vikram Seth’s book, which is said to be one of the longest novels in the English language (1,474 pages in this paperback edition).
The first two episodes premiere today, with subsequent episodes landing Mondays through January 4.
The first 13-episode season of this romantic dramedy from New Zealand stars five characters in their 30s and 40s – all of whom are unhappy or unlucky in love. Their life challenges – and hopes for fulfillment – are examined through the prism of a weekly pub trivia gathering.
The cast includes Shane Cortese, Tandi Wright, Blair Strang, Nicole Whippy and Debbie Newby-Ward.
The show ran three seasons (2011-2014) for 40 episodes on New Zealand’s TV One. Even if you’re not an Acorn TV subscriber, you can stream all four seasons free at The Roku Channel. Nothing trivial about that.
Welcome to rural Victorian England.
The Acton Scott Estate in Shropshire is the setting for this six-episode BBC Two observational docuseries from 2009.
Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn become Victorian-era farmers, using centuries-old tools and machinery for a full year. With the assistance of some of the few remaining experts in the practice of 19th century agriculture, the team provides insights into a vanished world.
You can also find free episodes on YouTube. Below is episode one:
Acorn TV costs $5.99 monthly, with a seven-day free trial. For more info, visit acorn.tv.
Amazon Prime subscribers can get an Acorn TV add-on channel for $5.99 monthly, also with a seven-day free trial.
[Top image: ‘A Suitable Boy.’ Source: Acorn TV. (C) Lookout Point – Photographer: Taha Ahmad]
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